Russian Federation posts video game screenshot as 'irrefutable evidence' of U.S. helping ISIS

Russian Federation posts video game screenshot as 'irrefutable evidence' of U.S. helping ISIS

Russian Federation posts video game screenshot as 'irrefutable evidence' of U.S. helping ISIS

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.

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

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

The Russian Defense Ministry made a fool of itself today when it posted on Twitter and Facebook "irrefutable evidence" that the United States aided ISIS, which turned out to be screengrabs from a well-known video game and a video published online by the Iraqi military in 2016.

Russian Federation recently cited stills from a video game as proof that the USA was working with ISIS before quickly receiving backlash and ridicule from those who recognized the images.

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In the corner of the image, however, a few letters of the developer's disclaimer can still be seen: "Development footage. All content subject to change". The statement wasn't even fully cropped out of the images that Russian Federation tweeted.

The evidence was "irrefutable", the Russian defense ministry claimed: The US is supporting ISIS.

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

The ministry also said that the USA coalition categorically refused to strike the retreating terrorists in spite of repeated proposals by the Russian military to conduct joint actions.

It also accused the US-led coalition of carrying out air operations in the area to interfere with possible Russian strikes, and alleged that IS forces were disguising themselves as US-backed SDF fighters.

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Russia's Defense Ministry, however, remained adamant that the USA 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 defense ministry is looking into a civilian employee of one of the departments who attached photos to the defense ministry's statement by mistake", a new statement was quoted by Russian agencies as saying.

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".

"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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