Fact Check: Are Taliban leaders at Afghanistan presidential palace?

New Delhi: A photo has been shared online stating that Taliban leaders have stormed Afghanistan’s presidential palace in Kabul. Is it a true or a fake image? We will tell you. Read on.

News claim: The image which was first shared on Facebook by a Nigerian website shows Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and other members. The post claimed that they are storming the presidential palace in Afghanistan’s capital city.

“BREAKING!!! Leader Of Taliban, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar Storms Presidential Palace Of Afghanistan | #IgbereTV,” the FB post read on August 15. It has more than 1,000 likes, 400 comments and shared over 350 times.

What is the truth? However, a thorough check reveals that the said image is not from the latest happenings in Afghanistan. Though the Taliban has taken over most of the cities in Afghanistan, the image in question is not from the present day and it is from a conference in Moscow, Russia, in March 2021.

Verified: The image was published on March 19, 2021, by The Moscow Times under the headline “Taliban Urged Not to Launch Spring Offensive at Moscow Talks”. The photo was taken by news agency AFP. The caption read, “Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (C) and other members of the Taliban delegation arrive to attend an international conference on Afghanistan over the peaceful solution to the conflict in Moscow on March 18.”

Conclusion: Day in and day out, people encounter fake news on social media and on other platforms.

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A. Ramakrishna is an Indian fact-checker and news writer, writing news for Ayupp since 2014.

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