Did the AFP Incorrectly Label Military Photo?; Not In Iraq

Here’s the photo the AFP put over the wires, purporting to show U.S. soldiers securing the area at a training base where 28 people were killed after terrorists posing as recruiters blew themselves up.

Here the caption accompanying the photo:

US soldiers secure the area at a newly installed check-point at the Babadag training facility in Tulcea, Iraq. At least 28 people were killed when two suicide bombers blew themselves up in a crowd of recruits on an Iraqi army base in an area known to be a stronghold of Al-Qaeda fighters.

(AFP/Daniel Mihailescu)

As McQ and Bob Owens point out, there’s very little securing the soldiers will be doing with the equipment they’re carrying. Take a closer look at the front of the gun in the foreground. See the red tip? It’s a blank firing tip, which is used in non-lethal training. *Item corrected*

Some readers question if this even took place in Iraq. I won’t pretend to have any knowledge on that, but here are two top facts they point out: A) The humvees are painted in green camouflage, whereas humvees in Iraq are painted khaki; B) The trees in the background are very green and appear to be decidous.

Again, I’ve no clue about the last claims (I actually think they’re in Iraq), but the first appear accurate.

Update: Hot Air military readers spot MILES gear on the two soldiers.

Update: Via Slublog, here’s the correctly-captioned photo. Babadag is actually in Romania. Interestingly enough the correct caption is also written by the AFP:

US soldiers secure the area at a new installed check-point at Babadag training facility in the county of Tulcea, during a joint task force-east rotation 2008 training exercise, on July 14, 2008. Over 900 US military personnel participates at the training exercise meant to train US and Romanian soldiers in simulated combat situations as well as improving the mixt team working capabilities on the war fields like Iraq and Afganistan. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL MIHAILESCU

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