Twitter accounts push propaganda photos of Turkish soldiers

As Turkish forces invaded northern Syria to launch an assault, social media accounts used old or inaccurate photos of soldiers to tell a different story

As Turkish forces launched assault in northern Syria, social media users propagated images of Turkey's soldiers hugging, cradling or feeding children.

But none of those images actually reflected the ongoing offensive in northern Syria. Some weren't of Turkish soldiers. None of them were recent and some had been taken in other countries.

Experts say the false and misleading posts promoting Turkey appeared to get a boost from a coordinated network of Twitter accounts that amplified the content through trending hashtags and retweets.

The online campaign follows a pattern of social media propaganda that seeks to sway global opinion when controversial, international events erupt.

The images began making the rounds after President Donald Trump's widely criticized withdrawal of U.S. troops opened the way for the Turkish offensive against the Kurds.

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Associated Press writer Elena Becatoros in Istanbul contributed to this report.