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Decades Old Video Of Massive Explosion From Taji, Iraq Falsely Linked To Pulwama Terror Attack 2019: Fact-Check 

A video purporting to capture the Pulwama Attack on Indian security personnel in February 2019 has been circulated showing a huge explosion.

@Pratimach_98 shared the video in a twitter post and claimed that the video is of Pulwama Attack, which is the Black Day in the Indian History, that is Feb 14, 2019. The tweet was made on Feb 14, 2024, which has received an about more than 4k views on X.

Several other accounts, including @NehaLove28 made the same claim that the video is actually from Pulwama Attack, which occured on Feb 14, 2019. The archive can be read from above.

The video once again became viral in 2022. @utkarshsingh13_ claimed that the video which shows the terrorist car and massive explosion is from the Pulwama Attack 2019.

@HemrajMeena03 claimed the same after sharing the video in a twitter post on Feb 14, 2022. The video was shared by multiple social media users making similar claims. The archive can be read from above.

What is the Actual Truth About the Incident? : Fact

The same video was discovered on a YouTube channel and was posted in December 2008, more than 15 years ago. This video, according to the YouTube channel, depicts a huge explosion that occurred in Taji, Iraq, in September 2007. The video is thus outdated and has nothing to do with the terror attack in Pulwama.

The video was uploaded on Youtube on Dec 9, 2008.

Check out the Youtube Video:

D-Intent’s Fact-Checking Results:

Intent:

Influencers are circulating decades-old videos with false claims to get the spotlight on social media using a clickbait video. A video that shows a massive explosion has been shared, claiming to be of the Pulwama Attack on Indian security personnel in February 2019. The exact same video was discovered in December 2008 on a YouTube channel, uploaded more than 15 years ago. This video depicts a large explosion that occurred in Taji, Iraq in September 2007, according to the YouTube channel. As such, the video is outdated and has nothing to do with the terror attack in Pulwama. Similar claims were made in a previous circulation of this same video.

Conclusion:

Fact : We found the same video on a YouTube channel, uploaded over 15 years ago in December 2008. As per the YouTube channel, this video shows a massive explosion in Taji, Iraq, in September 2007. Hence, the video is old and unrelated to the Pulwama terror attack. This same video was circulated earlier with similar claims.

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