FACT CHECK: Image Claims To Show Wagner Mercenary With Niger Soldier
An image shared on X, the website formerly known as Twitter, claims to show a Wagner Group mercenary with a Niger soldier.
The Military Junta in Niger has made contact with the Wagner PMC Group pic.twitter.com/WtmIP27ip3
— Dr Penking™🇳🇬🇦🇺 (@drpenking) August 4, 2023
The image shows a Wagner Group mercenary in the Central African Republic.
An analyst claimed that Niger’s junta had asked Wagner Group for help through Mali, according to The Associated Press. Wagner Group, a Russian private military company, has maintained a presence in Mali since 2021, the outlet reported.
The tweet claims that the “military junta in Niger has made contact with the Wagner PMC Group” and shares an image of a Wagner mercenary with a soldier. The image implies it shows a Niger soldier with a Wagner mercenary.
However, the image does not show a Niger soldier. Through a reverse image search, Check Your Fact found that the image actually shows a Central African Republic soldier in March 2022. The image was shared on news outlets such as Defense One, identifying the soldier as from the Central African Republic. (RELATED: Viral Video Purporting To Show Niger’s Minister Of Finance Crying Is Misleading)
“AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES / BARBARA DEBOUT,” reads the image caption.