Published: Tue, October 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

ABC News Takes Down Syria Border Bombing Video After Questions Over Authenticity

ABC News Takes Down Syria Border Bombing Video After Questions Over Authenticity

On Sunday, New York-based ABC News broadcast a video allegedly showing a Syrian border town being bombed by the Turkish military, which later appeared to be footage from a nighttime machine gun demonstration in Kentucky.

A week after the Trump White House issued a statement announcing USA armed forces will move out of Northern Syria, ABC News aired footage it claimed shows "slaughter in Syria", which appears actually to be from a Kentucky gun range.

ABC News issued a correction on Monday in which it said that "we've taken down video that aired on World News Tonight Sunday and Good Morning America this morning that appeared to be from the Syrian border immediately after questions were raised about its accuracy".

A spokesperson for Knob Creek Gun Range also told the outlet that they're doing an investigation of their own into the incident.

The video shows hundreds of tracer rounds being fired as explosions are being set off.

ABC News is conducting an investigation into the matter, according to a source, who said that the video was obtained from a reliable source on the ground but that it was hard to verify because of border and security concerns.

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"As of right now, it seems to be our footage", the range spokesman said.

A side-by-side view of both ABC's video and the original 2017 video shows that the footage is identical.

Viewing the clips clearly shows that it's the same scene but the video has been edited to crop out the audience watching in the foreground.

"ABC News regrets the error", it said on Twitter.

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