Russian Federation uses video game pictures to claim USA helped Isil

15 November, 2017, 01:21 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Russia claims US is helping Isis - using video games as evidence

A report from Russian state news agency TASS says that a civil service employee "erroneously attached wrong photo illustrations" to the defense ministry's social media posts.

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. The images were from the game AC-130 Gunship Simulator, available for iOS and Android.

"Regarding Abu Kamal, this is not the only case when the US spares terrorists", Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov was quoted as saying by Russia's official TASS news agency on Tuesday.

Another image purporting to show the same convoy in Syria was actually taken from a 2016 video published by Iraq's defence ministry, which said it was an Islamic State convoy fleeing Fallujah, Iraq, Conflict Intelligence Team investigators found.

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Russia's Ministry of Defence has posted what it called "irrefutable proof" of the U.S. aiding so-called Islamic State - but one of the images was actually taken from a video game. In the top-right corner, you can see the beginnings of the statement from the video that claims the footage shown was work-in-progress gameplay and that all of the content shown is subject to change.

The ministry's official account said the black-and-white images were taken on November 9 near the Syria-Iraq border and provided "irrefutable proof that the United States is providing cover to IS combat units".

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. It later reposted the same statement with different images. "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.

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".

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