On doing a Reverse Image Search, we found the same image was also uploaded by a Facebook page, Funker530 – Combat Footage
on November 18, 2016.
We also found the same image was uploaded by the verified Facebook page of photojournalist Steve McCurry
. Steve McCurry is widely acclaimed for his photo of an Afghan girl with piercing green eyes which appeared on the cover of National Geographic several times in the past.
He posted the picture of the man with the ice cream on June 28, 2021, with the caption that reads, “A man buys ice cream for his children in Pol-e-Khomri, Afghanistan, 2002.”
This proves that the image is almost two decades old and nowhere is it mentioned that the man is a Taliban fighter.
Moreover, the Taliban captured Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, on August 15, 2021.
Thus, we can evidently conclude that viral image is NOT associated with the Taliban capturing Afghanistan.
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