Fact Check: Twitter Video Does NOT Show Footage Of August 26, 2021 Bombing Outside Of Kabul Airport

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  • by: Christiana Dillard
Fact Check: Twitter Video Does NOT Show Footage Of August 26, 2021 Bombing Outside Of Kabul Airport Wrong Footage

Does a video posted on Twitter show footage of a suicide bombing outside the Kabul airport in Afghanistan that killed more than 170 people including 13 U.S. service members? No, that's not true: The footage is from an Israeli airstrike that targeted Hamas days earlier.

The claim appeared in a tweet published on August 26, 2021. The text of the tweet reads:

Bomb blast outside kabul airport.

The video shows footage of a nighttime explosion.

This is what the tweet looked like on Twitter on August 27, 2021:

Twitter screenshot

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Fri Aug 27 21:14:47 2021 UTC)

The Israeli airstrike footage was also featured in a video (archived here) labelled as "Devastating footage coming out of Afghanistan" published by conservative nonprofit PragerU. It is not footage of the Kabul airport bombing.

Politico captured actual footage of the airport bomb attack, which can be found here (archived here). A still of the footage is included below:

politico kabul footage.PNG

(Source: Politico screenshot taken on Fri Aug 27 17:45:46 2021 UTC)

As is pointed out in the replies to the tweet making the claim, the footage posted by Prager and in the tweet being fact checked shows an August 21, 2021 Israeli airstrike on Hamas weapons storage sites 2,000 miles from Kabul, in the Gaza Strip. The airstrike on Hamas is also captured in footage included in the Twitter thread (archived here) embedded below:

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Fri Aug 27 21:17:28 2021 UTC)

Lead Stories previously debunked misinformation about the Kabul airport bombings here.

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  Christiana Dillard

Christiana Dillard is a former news writer for Temple University’s Lew Klein College of Media and Communication. She received her undergraduate degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a freelance writer for several organizations including the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Pitt Magazine, and The Heinz Endowments. When she’s not producing or studying media she’s binging it, watching YouTube videos or any interesting series she can find on streaming services.

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