Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Russian Federation accuses USA of not attacking Daesh in Syria town

Russian Federation accuses USA of not attacking Daesh in Syria town

The image went viral nearly immediately, but it was quickly debunked once someone recognized that the image was actually from a 2015 trailer for AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron.

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.

Instead, it came from the smartphone game AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron.

Russia's Defense Ministry says it has launched an inquiry into pictures mistakenly attached to its statement.

The photographs have been deleted after the fact-checking organisation Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) accused the ministry of using a video game screenshot and old conflict photographs.

If the idea of American forces in league with the Islamic State isn't absurd enough, it gets better: One of the screen captures was from a video game. To make things worse for Russia's Ministry of Defense, they didn't completely crop out the "development footage" disclaimer. "All content subject to change".

Hours later, the ministry published an updated statement with a different set of images, which it also said proved their claims.

Russia's Ministry of Defense ended up the target of derision after releasing an image it claimed to be "proof" that the USA military forces were working with supposed Islamic State soldiers.

Earlier today, the ministry tweeted three times in various languages, with a series of pictures accusing the U.S. of co-operation with the so-called Islamic state.

The Russian Ministry of Defence has used a videogame screenshot to accuse the USA of cooperating with ISIS.

The United States is providing de-facto cover for Islamic State units in Syria and only pretending to fight terrorism in the Middle East, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.

"The United States' refusal to carry out strikes against ISIL terrorist convoys retreating from [Al-Bukamal] is a fact recorded in the transcripts of the talks and, therefore, well known to the American side, just as the active counteraction by USA aircraft to the Russian Aerospace Forces, which were ready to destroy ISIL terrorists who were regrouping for new attacks against government troops near [Al-Bukamal]", the ministry added, using an alternative acronym for ISIS.

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

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

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