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This Video Was Recorded in Libya, Not of al-Baghdadi’s Killing Operation

  Thursday 31st October 2019

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A video, which bears a watermark for Iraqi Afaq TV Channel, circulated on Facebook; it has been claimed that it shows the military operation in which ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed.

The video, in night vision, shows what seems to be helicopters firing at a ground target behind which appear illuminated buildings. The video does not have any indication of where it was taken.

Other Facebook pages have posted the same video after merging it with videos that followed the declaration of the U.S. that the ISIS leader, al-Baghdadi, was killed.

Verify-Sy inspected the video, and found that it shows bombardment carried out by NATO against forces of former Libyan president Muammar al-Gaddafi in Sirte 2011.

US President Donald Trump declared Sunday the killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a U.S. raid northwest of Syria.

On March 2011, a global coalition, which included the U.S., France, and the U.K., begun a military action against al- Gaddafi’s regime, after  U.N. Security Council had adopted a resolution that allowed the use of force in Libya to prevent al- Gaddafi’s forces from crushing the opposition.