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In the wake of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, a Facebook post lamenting the impending execution of 229 Christian missionaries has begun recirculating online. It is not true.
The post reads:
"Please pray for the 229 Christian missionaries, who have been sentenced to death tomorrow afternoon by the Afghan Islamists. Please join us in urgent prayer, also because the radical Islamic group has just taken Qaraqosh, the largest Christian city in Iraq. There are hundreds of Christian men, women and children who are being beheaded. Prayer cover is being requested. Please take a minute and pray for them. Pass the message on."
The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
Variations of the post have been shared through email and on social media since 2009. According to Lead Stories, some variations say 22 missionaries face execution, while others attribute the prayer request to Pope Francis.
The post offers no evidence for its claim, and we found no news outlets or international organizations that have acknowledged these supposed executions.
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This post comes as the Taliban takes control of Afghanistan following the final stages of U.S. troop withdrawal. The Taliban previously controlled Afghanistan from 1996 until the U.S. invaded the country following the 9/11 attacks in 2001.