Russian Federation releases video game screenshot as 'proof' U.S. is working with IS

by Garry Watts November 15, 2017, 0:22
Russian Federation releases video game screenshot as 'proof' U.S. is working with IS

The ministry posted a number of aerial images that it claimed were of ISIS convoys, It said the USA intervened to "use (ISIS) to promote American interests in Middle East".

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.

Russia's defence ministry has tried to pass off what appear to be stills from a mobile phone military simulation game as "irrefutable evidence" of cooperation between U.S. forces and Islamic State militants in Syria, Guardian writes.

The game in question is none other than AC-130 Gunship Simulator for Android and iOS.

After military research site Conflict Intelligence Team and investigative website Bellingcat showed the images actually came from a 2015 computer game titled AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron and 2016 USA war footage from Iraq, the ministry removed the post and explained its gaffe.

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. 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.

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The Defense Ministry removed the photos from the post on Facebook and deleted the tweet. The statement wasn't even fully cropped out of the images that Russian Federation tweeted.

The images were taken from a video published online by the Iraqi military in June 2016, showing a joint US-Iraqi mission that attacked an ISIS convoy outside Falluja.

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

Coalition spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon called those claims, "about as accurate as their air campaign".

"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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