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Factcheck: Claimed video and images of a US Chinook near Kobane, Syria on April 3, 2017

We checked images and video purporting to be of a US CH-47 helicopter pictured on April 3 at a US airbase near Kobane, Syria

Images and video purporting to be of a US CH-47 helicopter pictured on April 3 at a US airfield near Kobane, Syria were posted by a number of Twitter accounts.

We checked.

Some of the tweets

https://twitter.com/AraratKurd/status/849008612362125312

The real video

The video below is from Erbil, Iraq. It was shot on January 16 and posted on Dvids, the US Defense Video Imagery Distribution System.

U.S. Army aviators test engines a CH-47F Chinook

U.S. Army aviators with Company B, 1st General Support Aviation Battalion, 111th Aviation Regiment, Florida Army National Guard perform an engine stress test on an CH-47F Chinook helicopter near Erbil, Iraq, Jan. 16, 2017. U.S. Army Aviation enables partnered forces to defeat ISIL by providing air support on the battlefield. Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve is the global Coalition to destroy ISIL in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Army video by Sgt. Neil Stanfield)

Conclusion

“US CH-47F Chinook pictured south of Kobane, April 3” was actually near Erbil Iraq. In January. Image: Grasswire/US Army Sgt. Neil Stanfield

The airfield near Sarrin, south of Kobane is real and was recently expanded and modified, but these images are not from there.

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