Russia Used Video Game Screenshots to "Prove" the US Is Assisting ISIS
00:23, Nov 15, 2017
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Russia's Defense Ministry, however, remained adamant that the US 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.
The ministry posted five photos on its official social media accounts, along with a statement that accused USA troops of allowing IS militants to hide from Russian and Syrian air strikes.
This week, Russian Federation took to social media to announce it had "irrefutable evidence" that the United States is helping ISIS.
The ministry claimed in a Facebook post and tweet on Tuesday that the picture showed an "Isis automobile convoy" fleeing Abu Kamal, Syria, under U.S. protection on November 9.
But none of the images are from Abu Kamal, and none are from November 9.
Shortly after the Russian defense ministry posted the photos, social media users quickly identified the fakes.
Russia's Defense Ministry said on Tuesday an employee had attached the wrong photos to a statement accusing the United States of providing de-facto air cover for so-called Islamic State in Syria after the mistake was spotted online.
"We need to focus on destroying our common enemy and not play games", it said.
Russia, which entered the conflict in late 2015 on the side of Bashar al-Assad's government, has long accused the west of backing extremist groups in Syria.
Responding to Russia's allegations in remarks carried by Reuters, a spokesman for the US-led coalition Col Ryan Dillon said the Russian allegations were "about as accurate as their air campaign".
"This is the best evidence [Russia's defense ministry] are shameless liars, they take a video game screenshot then claim its from a specific location and date", Mr. Higgins tweeted Tuesday. "So, again that is pretty consistent with what we have seen come out of Russian MoD, as being baseless, inaccurate and you know, completely false", he said. In reality, the screen caps were taken from Iraqi Air Force footage taken in 2016 and publicly available. Earlier this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin showed American filmmaker Oliver Stone video on his cell phone he claimed was recent video footage of Russian troops fighting the Islamic State.
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