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

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

The photographs were appended to social media posts from the ministry's official accounts posted on Tuesday morning, which accused the Americans of providing air cover for an Isis convoy with the aim of using Isis fighters to further United States interests.

Russia's Defense Ministry earlier on Tuesday published photographs that it said proved that U.S. forces refrained from launching airstrikes against forces of the Islamic State terror group as they fled Syria's Al Bukamal. The images were from the game AC-130 Gunship Simulator, available for iOS and Android.

"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.

At least one of the photographs exactly matched a frame from a promotional video for a "AC-130 Gunship Simulator" computer game posted online in March 2015.

Earlier Tuesday, the MoD uploaded images on Facebook and Twitter, which it said were evidence that the U.S. were actually covering up Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) combat units.




Another image purporting to show the same convoy in Syria was actually taken from a 2016 video published by Iraq's defence ministry, which said it was an Islamic State convoy fleeing Fallujah, Iraq, Conflict Intelligence Team investigators found.

The ministry's crop of the image even contained parts of the disclaimer text in the top right-hand corner, presumably left by the developer, which read: "Development footage".

The Defense Ministry removed the photos from the post on Facebook and deleted the tweet. This is a work in progress.

The posts included several aerial images supposedly backing Russia's claim, including one labeled: "ISIS automobile convoy leaves Abu Kamal for Syrian-Iraqi border (November 9th, 2017)". The statement wasn't even fully cropped out of the images that Russian Federation tweeted.

It said the US-led coalition refused requests to cooperate and "eliminate fleeing Isis convoys". "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.

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