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Fact Check: 2023 Post From Chile Goes Viral As Recent Texas Border Standoff

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A video circulated on Internet allegedly revealed tanks in motion near the Texas-Mexico border amid escalating tensions between the state and the U.S. federal government.

A Facebook user posted the video with a caption: “Tanks on the Texas border!!!”

You can check the post here.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above post, and found it to be false.

Closely observing the video, the NM team noticed the license plate raising our doubts about the claims attached to the post.

The licence plate of a vehicle captured in the video does not align with the typical design of Texas license plates.

We also observed that Chile is written below in the Licence plate.

Searching further, we came to know that license plates in Chile much more closely resemble the plate in the video:

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Putting the video keyframes through Reverse Image Search, we came across a TikTok video with similar visuals from November 2023 which confirms that the video is old and from Chile.

A road sign seen in the video indicates directions to “Calama” and “Est. O’Higgins.” Calama is situated in northern Chile, while Estación O’Higgins is found in Antofagasta — another city in the same region.

Hence, we can conclusively say that 2023 video from Chile falsely linked to Texas border standoff.

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