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Syria's UN Ambassador Used A Photo From Iraq And Claimed It Was From Aleppo

"She is a woman fleeing eastern Aleppo," Bashar Jaafari said. She isn't.

Posted on December 14, 2016, at 6:52 a.m. ET

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Syria's envoy to the United Nations rebutted allegations on Tuesday that pro-government forces were attacking civilians in eastern Aleppo by displaying a photo and falsely claiming that it showed Syrian government forces helping a woman in Aleppo.

Bashar Jaafari, speaking on Tuesday during a Security Council meeting, was responding to criticism from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and US envoy Samantha Power.

โ€œAll of the actions we have taken in regard Aleppo have had the overarching goal of protecting civilians and preserving life,โ€ Jaafari said.

He said he "firmly and 100%" rejected any suggestions that Syrian or pro-government forces were harming civilians.

โ€œThis is what the Syrian army is doing in Aleppo,โ€ Jaafari said.

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He held up to the Security Council a picture showing a woman being helped from a truck, as a soldier knelt to provide her a step.

โ€œThis is a Syrian soldier,โ€ he said. โ€œShe is a woman fleeing eastern Aleppo.โ€

Except, sheโ€™s not. The picture is actually from Iraq, and shows a woman in Fallujah being helped by a member of the Iraqi PMU (Popular Mobilization Units).

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The photograph was used earlier this summer, after Iraqi soldiers forced ISIS out of Fallujah in June.