Fact Check: Fox News Did NOT Report 'Rogue Special Operations Team Exits Afghanistan'

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  • by: Kaiyah Clarke
Fact Check: Fox News Did NOT Report 'Rogue Special Operations Team Exits Afghanistan' False Account

Did Fox News publish a report stating "Rogue Special Operations Team Exits Afghanistan"? No, that's not true: The claim appeared on a counterfeit newsroom account using a fake name. A Fox News representative told Lead Stories, "FOX News did not make this claim."

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) published by a page calling itself foxnewsmiami.florida on September 23, 2021. Above a photo of a soldier viewing the setting of the sun, the caption opened:


This is what the Facebook post looked like on September 27, 2021:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon Sep 27 22:09:05 2021 UTC)

The caption continued in part:

The rogue group of retired vets and contractors exited Afghanistan in the early morning hours of Thursday September 23rd with the aid of a French special forces unit stationed in Mali.

The rogue group of men who had caused multiple headaches for the Taliban , and the Biden administration as they came to the rescue of U.S. citizens left behind by the Biden administration to fend for themselves against Taliban hunting teams, who mercilessly went door to door killing anyone with any involvement to the U.S. troops prior to their overnight withdrawal of Afghanistan, made a hasty exit Thursday after a firefight broke out, and several hundred Taliban fighters surrounded their position just outside kabul.

The Facebook account in which this claim is posted is an unverified personal account made to look like a FOX News facebook page.

Fox News Miami FB Page Screenshot.png

It does not include a "verified" checkmark next to the page name, and it is not listed as a media company, unlike the page of the actual Fox affiliate in Miami, WSVN (7NewsMiami on Facebook).

Frank Guzman, a spokesman for WSVN, said:

WSVN-TV is the Fox affiliate in Miami, yes. We have no association with that page whatsoever. Our Facebook page is 7NewsMiami.

Lead Stories reached out to the network, Fox News Channel, to verify whether "Foxnewsmiami Florida" was one of its affiliate news stations and if the Fox News Channel published the claim made in the post. Jessica Ketner, a media relations representative with the Fox News Channel, responded in a September 27, 2021 email:

The account you referenced is not a FOX News account and FOX News did not make this claim.

Not only does the post feature spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, and lack of journalistic style, but the photo was not taken by The Associated Press. Offered by Alamy photo agency, the photo is credited to U.S. Soldier, Sgt. Connor Mendez, in 2016.

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  Kaiyah Clarke

Kaiyah Clarke is a fact-checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Journalism. When she is not fact-checking or researching counter-narratives in society, she is often found reading a book on the New York Times Bestseller List.

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