How we discovered the truth about YouTube’s Syrian ‘hero boy’ video – It’s one minute and six seconds of shaky video footage, apparently documenting yet another moment of violent drama in the Syrian war. The video, whose original posting on YouTube has now been removed, is titled “SYRIA! SYRIAN HERO BOY rescue girl in shootout” – in Arabic “Syrian hero boy”. It rapidly spread through social media, starting on Monday 10 November. At first sight it contains many of the hallmarks we’ve come to expect in these visceral snapshots of the conflict:


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