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Fact Check-Video does not show men dancing during Taliban takeover in Kabul in August 2021

Social media users claim a video of men holding weapons while dancing shows celebrations for the Taliban’s August 2021 takeover of Afghanistan. The video, however, dates back to at least March of this year.

Captions accompanying the video include, “This just in from ABC News….” (posted Aug. 18) ( here , here ) ; “The Afghan Taliban conquered Afghanistan. Celebration begins in Pakistan” (here); “CELEBRATIONS IN KABUL” (here). The song being played in some of the videos is Drake’s ‘In My Feelings’ but in other versions of the video the song is different.

Some claimed that the video shows Taliban soldiers dancing: “Taliban soldiers dancing” (here), “Taliban dancing to Drake” (here).

The scene shown in the video is not a reaction to the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021 as the video has appeared online before this date.

While Reuters was not able to definitively source the video, the earliest iteration Reuters was able to find was posted on YouTube on March 25, 2021 (here). The video was also shared later in March ( here , here ) and in April ( here , here ).

In these videos the music the people are dancing to is an instrumental song, not Drake’s ‘In My Feelings’.

Captions on some of the videos mention ‘Bannu’, which is the name of a city and a district in Pakistan. Some posts suggest that the video is from a wedding ( here , here , here ).

See the latest Reuters reporting on Afghanistan,  here .

Reuters has recently debunked several other claims related to the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan ( here , here , here ).

VERDICT

Miscaptioned. The video appeared online at least as early as March 2021, almost five months before the Taliban takeover in August 2021.

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

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