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Russian Federation posts videogame image as 'proof' U.S. helps IS: monitor

14 November 2017, 10:52 | Opal Carroll

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"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 on Tuesday.

Other images posted to Twitter appeared to be taken from videos released by Baghdad's Ministry of Defence in 2016, showing the Iraqi Air Force bombing jihadists near Fallujah, the CIT said.

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 USA forces assisting the Islamic State were actually taken from video released by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense in 2016.

Russia's Defense Ministry, however, remained adamant that the USA was indeed "covering ISIS combat units to recover their combat capabilities, redeploy, and use them to promote the American interests in the Middle East" and shared new images it claimed were meant to be attached to the original post.

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The posts included several screen captures allegedly taken by USA forces shepherding an ISIS convoy, protecting them from Russian and Syrian forces.

If the video clip wasn't enough proof to connect the stills with the game and debunk the evidence, you'll also notice that some of the stills even have part of the developer's disclaimers left in the images. The images were from the game AC-130 Gunship Simulator, available for iOS and Android.

This isn't the first time the Russian government has been caught distributing fake or misattributed video.

The Kremlin denied that Putin had shown the wrong footage to the American director Oliver Stone during one of a series of interviews. In reality, the video was dated to 2009 and was actually of American troops fighting the Taliban.



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