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Viral photo shows troops in Kuwait, not Syria

Viral photo shows troops in Kuwait, not Syria

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CLAIM: Photo shows U.S. soldiers on the ground in Syria "crying and visibly shaken saying they could stop this in 10 minutes but Trump won't let them."

Kuwait Iraq Withdrawal

The Kuwaiti desert stretches beyond a U.S. flag on the dashboard of a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division that is part of the last U.S. military convoy to leave Iraq Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. The last convoy of U.S. soldiers pulled out of Iraq on Sunday, ending nearly nine years of war that cost almost 4,500 American and tens of thousands of Iraqi lives and left a country still grappling with political uncertainty. (AP Photo/Lucas Jackson, Pool)

THE FACTS: A photo post on Facebook falsely claimed that the image shows three U.S. soldiers crying after Trump's withdrawal of American troops working with Kurdish fighters in northern Syria.

The photo actually shows U.S. soldiers in Kuwait in 2011. In the image, three soldiers are seated, bending their heads toward their knees. The falsely labeled photo began circulating Wednesday as Russia moved to fill the void left by the U.S. troop withdrawal.

The photo was taken by Lucas Jackson for Reuters on Dec. 19, 2011. According to the caption, it was taken while soldiers with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Camp Virginia, Kuwait, were waiting to pack their weapons for shipment back to the United States. They were part of the last U.S. military unit to depart Iraq.

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