Fact Check-Photograph does not show checks at Kabul airport; image was taken in Yemen in 2015

An image showing a man with a gun slung over his shoulder being searched in Yemen in 2015 has been miscaptioned by users on social media, who claim it shows security at Kabul airport in August 2021.

Examples of the image being shared with users claiming it shows a search at Kabul airport are viewable (here), (here), (here), (here), (here) and (here).

One user added in the comments: “What are they looking for?” Another individual said on Twitter: “You can have a gun if we can see it” (here).

The photograph is not recent, however, and does not depict security checks at Kabul airport.

The image was taken and uploaded by CBS News producer Amjad Tadros on Twitter in 2015 with a caption that reads: “Memories from #yemen: Houthi soldier searching a man going into a rally: Qat, daggers & machine guns allowed!” (here).

CBS News confirmed to Reuters via email that the image was taken by Tadros in Yemen in 2015.

In June 2015, Clarissa Ward, who was a correspondent with CBS at the time, was reporting on the ground in Yemen. Tadros shared the report on his Twitter, with a caption: “Our original and on-the-ground report on the humanitarian crisis facing #Yemen by @clarissaward #cbsnews” (here).

Tadros shared other photos of his reporting in Yemen in June 2015 via his Twitter page, viewable (here), (here), and (here).

Reuters has addressed recently miscaptioned images that have been shared about Afghanistan, viewable (here), (here), and (here).

Reuters coverage of the events unfolding in Afghanistan can be seen (here).


Miscaptioned. The photograph was first shared in 2015 by a CBS reporter who was covering events in Yemen. It does not depict a scene at Kabul airport.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here .