Russian Federation posts video game screenshot as 'irrefutable evidence' of USA helping ISIS

Russia used a videogame screenshot to suggest the US are working with ISIS

"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", the statement said.

A woman walks at a damaged site after an airstrike in the rebel-held city of Douma, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta Syria November 2, 2017.

The Russian Defense Ministry on Tuesday accused the US -led coalition of interfering with the Russian air force to protect retreating Islamic State (IS) militants.

Footage used by the Russian government to prove US forces were working alongside the Islamic State was actually taken in 2016 from an entirely different engagement.

The Russian Ministry of Defense had to delete its posts. "However, the USA command's refusal to carry out strikes on the convoys of ISIL terrorists retreating from Albu Kamal on November 9 is an objective fact reflected in the transcripts of the talks and therefore, fully known to the US side", Interfax news agency quoted the ministry as saying.

AFP was able to compare the images in the emailed defence ministry statement with the images of the videogame on YouTube and confirm the resemblance.

The original is consistent with a June 2016 Iraqi military video, which shows coalition airstrikes and Iraqi military forces attacking an ISIS convoy fleeing Falluja.

"I certainly can't verify but I have seen a report that one of the pictures came from a video game".

Eliot Higgins, a researcher with Kings College London and Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab, pointed out this was not the first time the Russian Defense Ministry's social media accounts were caught lying. A scene in a documentary about Putin made by the United States film-maker Oliver Stone showed Putin playing the director video footage on a telephone of what he said were Russian forces on operations in Syria.

The ministry is investigating its civil employee who attached a wrong photo to illustrate the ministry's statement on Abu Kamal.



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