Russia Tried to Pass off a Video Game as Combat Footage
Russia Tried to Pass off a Video Game as Combat Footage
Russia uses video game pictures to claim US helped Isil
15 November, 2017, 01:22
Asked about Russian allegations of the USA helping Islamic State around Albu Kamal, Colonel Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the US -led coalition fighting Islamic State, said: "The Russian ministry of defence statements are about as accurate as their air campaign and I think that is a reason for them to start, you know, coming out with their latest barrage of lies".
In the posts - which have now been deleted - the Russian defense ministry claimed that the United States refused to engage ISIS convoys fleeing the city of Abu Kamal in Syria on November 9.
Earlier this year Russian media accused President Vladimir Putin of passing off footage of the American military fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan as the efforts of Russia's air force in Syria during a television interview.
The ministry said US-led coalition planes instead tried to impede Russian Aerospace Forces operations in the area.
The allegations are extremely grave, but may be harder to take seriously given the "irrefutable proof" offered in the form of photographic accompaniment.
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.
Soon after people noted the dubious origin of the photographs, the defence ministry deleted its tweets, and removed the photographs from the corresponding Facebook posts. None of the five photographs attached to the post were what the Russians claimed them to be, said online sleuths, with one photograph apparently a screenshot from the promo for a mobile phone game called AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron.
A cached version of the original statement can still be viewed online.
The ministry said it would investigate the incident, which it blamed on a civilian employee.
The militants had been forced to retreat from the city of Abu Kamal in the Syrian province of Deir al-Zour, one of the last remaining IS strongholds in Syria, by the advancing government troops.
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