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

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

In fact, it was taken from a 2015 promotional video showing AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron, a mobile game in which players fire at ground targets from a United States warplane.

In a Facebook post, the ministry said it liberated the town of Abu Kamal last week alongside the Syrian army.

Russian Federation re-published the video writing, "The U.S. are actually covering the ISIS combat units to recover their combat capabilities, redeploy, and use them to promote the American interests in the Middle East".

"On Tuesday, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) accused the USA of providing air cover to an IS convoy which allegedly left the Syrian town of Al-Bukamal on November 9".

However, Turkey has also made separate claims against the USA in the wake of the BBC investigation into the alleged secret deal between ISIS and the Kurdish-led SDF with approval from the U.S. and great Britain to allow hundreds of Jihadi fighters and their families to flee from Raqqa last month.

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Eliot Higgins, a researcher with Kings College London and Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab, pointed out this was not the first time the Russian Defense Ministry's social media accounts were caught lying.

"Do not humiliate yourselves and do not humiliate Russia", one Russian tweeted at the Ministry of Defense. Some Russian citizens were frustrated with their MoD's tweet, but others simply ridiculed the account for utilizing the game's screenshots in their attempts to prove their case.

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.

On Tuesday, Russian state-owned media outlet TASS blamed the ordeal on a "civil service employee".

Researchers at Conflict Intelligence Team, a nonprofit group that investigates Russian military activities, subsequently reported that three other images shared by Russia as "irrefutable evidence" of us forces assisting the Islamic State were actually taken from video released by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense in 2016. However, some images are still up, including the one below, which is actually pinned to their page.

"The claim itself is actually ridiculous", Kofman said, with a laugh.

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