AC-130 Gunship Simulator screenshot apparently proves the U.S. works with ISIS

AC-130 Gunship Simulator screenshot apparently proves the U.S. works with ISIS

Russia's military admitted Tuesday that footage it initially claimed showed cooperation between the USA and the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in Syria actually originated from a computer game, but defended its findings with alternative evidence.

"However, the USA command's refusal to carry out strikes on the convoys of ISIL terrorists retreating from Albu Kamal on November 9 is an objective fact reflected in the transcripts of the talks and therefore, fully known to the US side", Interfax news agency quoted the ministry as saying on Tuesday.

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 photographs have been deleted after the fact-checking organisation Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) accused the ministry of using a video game screenshot and old conflict photographs.

AFP was able to compare the images in the emailed defense ministry statement with the images of the video game on YouTube and confirm the resemblance.

"Such actions by the coalition show that the rapid advance of the Syrian troops in Abu Kamal have disrupted USA plans to create pro-American authorities beyond the control of the Syrian government, and to manage the territories on the eastern bank of the Euphrates", it said.

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"Twitter users quickly found out that 4 out of 5 "drone photos" were actually taken from videos released by the Iraqi Ministry of Defence in June 2016, showing the Iraqi Air Force bombing IS near Fallujah".

The Russian Defense Ministry on Tuesday accused the USA -led coalition of interfering with the Russian air force to protect retreating Islamic State (IS) militants.

Earlier Tuesday, the MoD uploaded images on Facebook and Twitter, which it said were evidence that the U.S. were actually covering up Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) combat units. "All content subject to change".

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

Coalition spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon called those claims, "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 you know, completely false", he said.

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