Friday, 24 November, 2017

Russian Federation uses fake photos to accuse USA of supporting ISIS

Russia uses video game footage to accuse U.S. of aiding ISIS Russia Posts Video Game Footage as 'Evidence' of US/ISIS Coalition
Lillian Steele | 15 November, 2017, 01:21

An image circulated by the Russian military Tuesday purportedly showing "irrefutable evidence" of USA forces assisting Islamic State terrorists was actually taken from a 2015 video game.

The social media post for both its Russian language channel and the English-language version were also deleted following the revelation that the scene was from a video game.

The discovery was made by Eliot Higgins, founder of the investigative website Bellingcat, who noticed a large red "fire" button in the corner had been cropped out of the picture.

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.

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

Russian servicemen salute as air force pilots arrive to board a Russian Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jet before departure on a mission at the Russian Hmeimin military base in Latakia province, in the northwest of Syria, on December 16, 2015.

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 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.

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

"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 US 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".

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