Last week, the Russian Defense Ministry, engaged in a constant war of words with the US Pentagon as to who controls which area in Syria, stated that it had obtained proof to show that the US air force as in fact helping ISIS.
According to the Kremlin’s official account, the shown black-and-white images from the Iraqi-Syrian border (pictured) were taken on November 9th and showed “irrefutable proof that the US is providing cover to IS combat units,” adding that “the refusal of US command to inflict strikes on ISIS convoys on November 9 is an established fact recorded in the transcript of conversations.”
But the Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT), which was later joined by a great number of social media users, quickly drew the attention to the fact that one of the images was, in fact, a screenshot from the computer game: “AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron.”
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Furthermore, other images provided by the Russian ministry of defense had been taken from videos released by Baghdad’s Ministry of Defense in 2016 and showed, in fact, the Iraqi Air Force whilst they are bombing ISIS near Fallujah.
The images in question have since then been deleted by the Russian Ministry of Defense who stated that: “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.”
After the mess, the US Embassy in Moscow stated on Twitter that: “the US is not going to spend time on the nonsensical claims by the Russian ministry of defense accusing us of complicity with ISIS, using images from video games and old photos of military operations in another country. We need to focus on destroying our common enemy and not play games.”