The video shows crosshairs hovering over what looks like a collection of buildings. In the background, you can hear what sounds like Turkish soldiers on walkie-talkies. Then, a drone strike.
But the video didn’t depict a bombing at all — at least, not a real one. It was taken from a video game.
In February, France 24’s Observers debunked the video, which claimed to show a Turkish drone claiming to strike a target in Afrin, Syria. The video — which was offline as of publication — went viral on social media, being shared by several pro-Turkish accounts and racking up more than 200,000 views on Instagram.
“In the soundtrack to the short video, you can hear what sounds like Turkish soldiers communicating via walkie talkie,” The Observers’ report reads. “It also has a Turkish music soundtrack. But with a little digging, it soon becomes clear that all the audio in this video, including the Turkish voices, were simply added to a screengrab from the video game Arma 3.”
The debunkers isolated details like a red star graphic from the game and its font style as proof that the video was actually from a battle simulation game. They then found a video on YouTube of an Arma 3 tutorial that depicted the exact same shots as the fake.
While outlandish, it wasn’t the first time a fake video in Turkey drew upon video game footage. It wasn’t even the first time that Arma 3 was featured.
In early January, fact-checking site
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