Fact Check: Old Video Game Shared By TV Channels As Pakistani Drones Attacking National Resistance Front In Panjshir

A video is being shared on social media with a claim that it is of Pakistani drones targeting the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan in Panjshir.

Panjshir was the last province of Afghanistan that was still holding out against the Taliban, who managed to take control of the rest of the nation in August 2021. Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid, in a press conference, claimed that the Taliban has successfully managed to gain control over Panjshir too.

Facebook users shared the video with the caption, “Pakistani Drone Attacks on Afghan National Resistance Front”

Several users also claimed that the video show resistance forced firing on Pakistani drones and aircraft.

The posts can be seen here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

The same video clips were also run by multiple media organisations like TV9 Bharatvarsh, Republic TV, Times Now etc. 

FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the video and found the claim to be false.

We extracted the keyframes of the video using the InVid Toolkit. We then put those keyframes through Reverse Image Search and found the same video on Facebook dated September 26, 2020. However, no captions or claims were attached to the video.

This told us that the video is OLD.

Further search led us to the same video uploaded on YouTube dated August 22, 2020. The video description read “A-10 Thunderbolt Warthog Thunderbolt CRAM Sius ARMA3 Arma 3 Please subscribe to the channel ♪♪♪ S.”

Based on the description, we ran a keyword search and found that ARMA 3 is an open-world, realism-based, military tactical shooter video game developed and published by Bohemia Interactive.

We also compared the social media video to the simulation video of the game (above YouTube video) and found that both the videos were the same.

We also found that some of the video clips were taken from another video uploaded on YouTube on January 1, 2021, with the caption, “ArmA 3 – A-10 Warthog vs Anti-Air Tank – Missiles and Tracers firing – GAU-8 Avenger – Simulation.”

NewsMobile had also debunked the same video in October 2020, when the same video was shared in connection with the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict. 

Fact Check: Video game simulation shared as Azerbaijani MiG-25 shot down by Armenian defence forces

This proves that the video in circulation is a simulation video and NOT real.

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