Stand up for the facts!

Our only agenda is to publish the truth so you can be an informed participant in democracy.
We need your help.

More Info

I would like to contribute

Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke November 6, 2023

Photo does not depict US soldiers praying before being deployed to ‘defend Israel’

If Your Time is short

  • This photo is more than 6 years old. 

  • U.S. troops have not been deployed to fight in the Israel-Hamas war.

A photo of people in camouflage uniforms kneeling over folding chairs, some with their hands raised in the air, is being shared amid the Israel-Hamas war. 

"American soldiers praying for their country, for Israel before being deployed to defend Israel," one Nov. 3 Facebook post of the photo said.

This post was flagged as part of Meta’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)

But this photo predates the current conflict in Israel. 

In October 2017, a Facebook account posted the same picture and wrote, "Powerful image of U.S. soldiers praying together after a Chapel service in Fort Benning, Georgia." 

Featured Fact-check

We reached out to Fort Moore, the U.S. Army training base in Georgia formerly known as Fort Benning, to ask about this description but didn’t immediately hear back. 

The photo has been misused before. In 2022, some social media users shared it, saying it showed "Ukrainian soldiers praying." 

That wasn’t true, and neither is the suggestion that it shows American soldiers before they’re dispatched to the Middle East for the Israel-Hamas war. 

We rate that claim False.


Our Sources

Browse the Truth-O-Meter

More by Ciara O'Rourke

Photo does not depict US soldiers praying before being deployed to ‘defend Israel’

Support independent fact-checking.
Become a member!

In a world of wild talk and fake news, help us stand up for the facts.

Sign me up