Russia's defense ministry on Tuesday posted images it said proved the U.S. was aiding the Islamic State jihadist group in the Middle East, but social media users pointed out they included a still from a videogame.
The nation's Ministry of Defense tweeted a series of what appears to be drone combat images in an attempt to claim that the United States working with ISIS in Syria.
The Defense Ministry removed the photos from the post on Facebook and deleted the tweet.
The video game image seems to be taken from a promotional video on the game's website and YouTube channel, closely cropped to omit the game controls and on-screen information.
The US are actually covering the ISIS combat units to recover their combat capabilities, redeploy, and use them to promote the American interests in the Middle East.
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Researchers at Conflict Intelligence Team, a nonprofit group that investigates Russian military activities, subsequently reported that three other images shared by Russia as "irrefutable evidence" of us forces assisting the Islamic State were actually taken from video released by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense in 2016. None of the five photographs attached to the post were what the Russians claimed them to be, said online sleuths, with one photograph apparently a screenshot from the promo for a mobile phone game called AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron.
Shortly after the Russian defense ministry posted the photos, social media users quickly identified the fakes. In the top-right corner, you can see the beginnings of the statement from the video that claims the footage shown was work-in-progress gameplay and that all of the content shown is subject to change.
Russia's defence ministry said not only did the Americans refuse to carry out a joint operation to strike Isis fighters leaving Abu Kamal but also allowed them to regroup on coalition-controlled territory.
"So again, that is pretty consistent with what we have seen come out of Russian MOD as being baseless, inaccurate and completely false".
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