FACT CHECK: X Image Purports To Show American General Killed In Gaza
An image shared on X, the social media platform previously known as Twitter, claims to show Thomas Hurley, an American general who was purportedly killed in Gaza as a result of the current Israel-Hamas conflict.
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The original image shows Gen. George Casey, a top U.S. commander in Iraq in 2005. A spokesperson for the Department of Defense (DOD) denied the claim’s validity in an email to Check Your Fact.
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The X image, viewed over 400 times, claims to show Hurley, an American general who was purportedly killed in Gaza as a result of the current Israel-Hamas conflict. The post also claims Hurley was the “chief expert of the Institute for Military Strategic Studies on guerrilla warfare of the U.S. [DOD].”
The claim is false, however. The original image, published via Getty Images, shows Gen. George Casey, a top U.S. commander in Iraq in 2005.
“Top US commander in Iraq General George Casey arrives for a ceremony to restore Iraqi border security in the restive city of Kusaiybah, Iraq, a recent battle ground during U.S. operation Steel Curtain, along the Syrian Iraq border on November 30, 2005. U.S. President George W. Bush said in a speech on Wednesday that U.S. troop levels in Iraq would depend on conditions there, not on ‘artificial timetables set by politicians in Washington,'” the image’s caption reads.
The image of Casey also appears in a 2015 Reuters Investigates piece accusing the U.S. of overlooking torture carried out by Iraqi militias. (RELATED: TikTok Video Falsely Claims U.S. Troops Have Landed On Israeli Beaches)
Likewise, Check Your Fact found no credible news reports indicating a U.S. general named Thomas Hurley was killed in Gaza as a result of the current Israel-Hamas conflict. In addition, the DOD has neither referenced the claim via its website nor its verified social media accounts.
A spokesperson for the DOD denied the claim’s validity in an email to Check Your Fact.
“This is not an accurate claim,” the spokesperson said.
Check Your Fact has contacted the DOD for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.