Fact Check-Photo of man with handcuffed woman is from a protest against ISIS in 2014

Social media users are sharing a protest held in England against the Islamic State in 2014 and claiming that it was shows Afghanistan in 2021.

The photo showing a man and women in chains gained attention online after the Taliban took the country's capital, Kabul, on Aug. 15, 2021. Afghan women and girls who have won freedoms they could not have dreamt of under the last Taliban rule that ended 20 years ago are desperate not to lose them now the Islamist militant movement is back in power (here).

Examples can be seen here and here .

Reuters could not find the exact source of the image itself. However, a reverse Google Images search revealed a video of a demonstration showing the same man as in the photograph shared on social media.

The video was posted on the Aparat platform on March 7, 2019 ( The same man seen in the photograph wearing a beige robe and a green vest can be seen around 28 seconds in, this time with his face covered.

At the 0:11 mark, the clip says it is a staging this demonstration to “shock audiences in to seeing ISIS and their brutality.”

Reuters found the same video in a BBC article published on Oct. 20, 2014 about the depiction of a slave sale in London, conducted by the activist group Compassion 4 Kurdistan on 14 Oct. 2014 (here).

Photographer Ari Murad later posted the demonstrations on his Facebook page in 2016 ( here , the man in the photograph is visible at the 0:38 mark, here ).

The photograph is attributed to Murad in a note from the Telgraf published on Oct. 17, 2014 (here).

Islamic State redrew the map of the Middle East in 2014 when it declared its ultra-radical Sunni Islamist “caliphate” and established a rule known for mass killings, sexual enslavement and meting out punishments such as crucifixion (here).

U.S.-backed forces captured the last piece of Islamic State territory in eastern Syria in Baghouz in 2019, ending the group's self-proclaimed caliphate after years of fighting (here).


Mislabeled. The image is from a 2014 demonstration against ISIS in London.

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