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A Man Is Being Shamed On Facebook As A Member Of ISIS When He Actually Fought Them

The post, which features a former Free Syrian Army member, has nearly 80,000 shares.

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The caption reads:

Remember this guy? Posing in ISIS photos last year – now he's a 'refugee'. Are we suckers or what?

However, as the BBC reported, the man in the pictures is not a member of ISIS. The broadcaster pointed out that he was profiled last month by the Associated Press.

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He told the Associated Press:

About 70 percent of the city is destroyed ... In Syria, Al Qaeda want me, Daesh (Islamic State), the government – I fought them all. I don't care. Some people are afraid. I'm not.

Al Saleh told the AP he had got to Kos by crossing the Syrian border with Turkey, taking a bus to Bodrum, and then getting on a cramped boat operated by people-smugglers, which cost him $1,000.

He also said that the people on Kos "hate us". "I don't know why. We come here on our way, not to stay here... We slept on the ground in the parks, in the stadium, nobody helped us to get a place to sleep, water or food," he added.

The man who uploaded the picture apologised for the mistake to the BBC. However, he said he had been locked out of his account. At the time of writing, the mega-viral post remains live.

Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Alan White at alan.white@buzzfeed.com.

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