ISIS propaganda photo is actually porn, says U.S. government

Oops.

 

EJ Dickson

Tech

Published Nov 24, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 3:41 am CDT

The militant group Islamic State (ISIS) is guilty of many stomach-turning crimes against humanity—and now, we can count a lack of fact-checking among them. 

That’s what the world learned earlier this week, when the group was called out on Twitter for using a propaganda photo apparently depicting a woman being sexually assaulted by U.S. military forces—which was actually likely taken from a Hungarian porn film, reports the Independent.

The image, as seen below, was tweeted by the ISIS-associated social media account State of Islam on Nov. 19. The poster, which has been circulating on various social media platforms, depicts a woman being assaulted by men in army fatigues, accompanied by the message “no more watching brothers die no more watching sisters cray [sic].” 

Warning: We’ve censored the below photo, but it is still somewhat graphic and NSFW.

Via Twitter

Unfortunately for whoever’s managing social media at ISIS, however, the photo (most likely) doesn’t actually depict a Sunni Muslim woman being raped. It’s actually from a Hungarian porn film, as the U.S. Department of State account Think Again Turn Away, which is devoted to debunking ISIS’ militant propaganda, pointed out on Twitter:

Good call, Think Again Turn Away. But of course, it begs the obvious question:

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We reached out to Think Again Turn Away to verify the source, and will update if we hear back. But the photo is likely from the Hungarian amateur website Sex in War, which caught flak back in 2004 when photos of what looked like a woman being raped in U.S. soldiers were circulated by Arabic websites as proof of U.S. war crimes. One of the photos was also published by the Boston Globe, which was forced to issue a retraction after it was revealed the photos came from a pornography website.

H/T The Independent | Screengrab via ISIS Islamic State Trailer

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*First Published: Nov 24, 2014, 1:27 pm CST