FACT CHECK: Video Claims To Show Taliban Moving Armored Vehicles To Iran Border

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

A video shared on Twitter claims to show the Taliban moving armored vehicles to the Iranian border.

Verdict: Misleading

The video appears to be from 2022.

Fact Check:

Clashes between Iran and the Taliban recently occurred on the Iranian-Afghani border, according to DW. The clashes are over water rights of the Helmand River, which is regulated by a 1973 treaty that has never been fully implemented, the outlet reported.

The video shows Taliban soldiers and armored fighting vehicles in the desert. The video’s caption reads, “Taliban is moving heavy equipment and armored fighting vehicles near the border with Iran.”

However, the video appears to be from 2022. Through a reverse image search, Check Your Fact found that the armored vehicle seen in the video matches images shared on Twitter in February 2022 by author Lukas Muller.

“An ex-ANA BMP/ZU-23-2 combo operated by the Taliban. Probably Kandahar area,” Muller tweeted.

Muller told Check Your Fact in a Twitter direct message that while he could not find the original video in the Twitter video, they were from the same exercise.

“The thing is that the supposedly recent footage posted by Spriter comes from the same occasion as the MoD video, just look at the soliders wearing hats in the first seconds of the MoD video,” Muller said.

Furthermore, Muller pointed to the Taliban’s Ministry of Defense posting a video in February 2022 showing what appears to be the same BMP and soldiers in the first few seconds. The terrain, the location of the flag on the BMP and the anti-aircraft gun all appear to be the same.

While Check Your Fact could not find the original video, it might have been shared by a now-suspended Twitter account. The tweet says the video was taken in Spin Boldak, which is located in Kandahar province, which Muller identified as the probable location of where the image was taken.

Oryx, a military analysis website, quoted tweeted the video and identified one of the armored vehicles as a BMP-1 with a ZU-23 AA gun, which is the same vehicle identified by Muller in his tweet.

“Taliban BRM-1 and BMP-1 fitted with a ZU-23 AA gun,” Oryx tweeted. (RELATED: Video Shows U.S. Evacuation From Afghanistan, Not NATO Forces In Ukraine)

Multiple incorrect claims regarding the current status of the Taliban have circulated online. Check Your Fact recently debunked a video allegedly showing the Taliban moving heavy artillery toward the border.

Elias Atienza

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