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Video claiming to show Taliban fighters on trampoline is months old

August 17, 2021 GMT

CLAIM: Video shows Taliban fighters jumping on a trampoline this week as they celebrate their return to power in Afghanistan.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. This video is not current and has circulated online for months.

THE FACTS: In the days since the Taliban seized power across Afghanistan, capturing all major cities in less than a week, social media users have shared videos of the insurgents allegedly celebrating their victory in gyms, amusement parks and presidential suites.

However, at least one such video, which social media users claim shows Taliban fighters rejoicing on a trampoline, was not captured recently.

The video of four men jumping on an expansive trampoline and one standing to the side was shared with captions like “Taliban’s terrorists right now” and “Taliban fighters celebrating their takeover of Kabul by Jumping on a Trampoline.”

But an internet search reveals the video is at least 11 months old. It was posted to YouTube on Aug. 28, 2020, with the caption, “Taliban first time trampoline.” It wasn’t immediately clear who captured the original video or who was featured in it.

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This is part of AP’s effort to address widely shared misinformation, including work with outside companies and organizations to add factual context to misleading content that is circulating online. Learn more about fact-checking at AP.