Ansar Al Sharia Claims Capture of Predator Drone Using Photo From 2009
@joshuafoust that’s because it’s from 2009 and it crashed in Nevada - http://t.co/mEEuycZiia
So, Joshua Foust caught wind of Ansar al Sharia claiming that they had captured a Predator drone that crashed in Yemen. It’s been reported by multiple outlets in the Middle East with no qualms.
Yet, Joshua was right to think something was up with the photo. Turns out that while the Predator drone indeed crashed in a nearly intact state, the photo wasn’t from a crash site in Yemen or 2014.
It’s from a 2009 crash in Nevada. That’s a US soldier in the background investigating the crash, which apparently was the result of a mechanical failure.
It took all of 30 seconds to find the origin of the photo and watching it pop up time and time again. Yet that isn’t stopping folks in the Middle East and terror groups from pilfering images and claiming them as victories for their terror groups. It’s an attempt at propaganda, but one that fails on all levels.