Fact Check: FAKED Photo Shows Israeli Military Personnel Holding ISIS Flag

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  • by: Dana Ford
Fact Check: FAKED Photo Shows Israeli Military Personnel Holding ISIS Flag Doctored

Is a photograph that appears to show Israeli military personnel posing with the Israeli and ISIS flags authentic? No, that's not true: The image has been doctored. The original photograph does not include the black-and-white flag associated with the Islamic State, or ISIS.

The claim appeared in a post (archived here) on X, formerly known as Twitter, on March 7, 2024. The post included the edited photograph and claimed:


This is what the post looked like on X at the time of the writing of this fact check:


Twitter screenshot(Source: X screenshot taken on Fri Mar 8 15:46:34 2024 UTC)

The original photograph can be seen here (archived here) on the official account of the Israel Defense Forces, where it was posted on June 5, 2023, to mark African Lion, an annual military exercise in Morocco:

The caption for the original photograph, as translated from Hebrew to English by Google Translate, read:

A delegation of 12 fighters and commanders from the Golani patrol unit left yesterday for the "African Lion 2023" exercise led by the land arm that is taking place in Morocco.

About 18 countries and about 8,000 soldiers from the US army, Morocco and Ghana are participating in the exercise.

Last year was the first year Israel sent troops to participate in the drill, according to The Times of Israel, which also published the original photograph of the soldiers.

Additional Lead Stories fact checks of claims involving Israel can be read here.

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  Dana Ford

Dana Ford is an Atlanta-based reporter and editor. She previously worked as a senior editor at Atlanta Magazine Custom Media and as a writer/ editor for CNN Digital. Ford has more than a decade of news experience, including several years spent working in Latin America.

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