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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.

“All of the actions we have taken in regard Aleppo have had the overarching goal of protecting civilians and preserving life,” Jaafari said.

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

“This is what the Syrian army is doing in Aleppo,” Jaafari said.

Screengrab / UN Web

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.

“This is a Syrian soldier,” he said. “She is a woman fleeing eastern Aleppo.”

Except, she’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).

Shahid News / Via shahidnews.com

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

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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