Russian Federation accuses USA of not attacking Daesh in Syria town

A multifunctional fighter-bomber Su-34 of the Russian Aerospace Forces lands at Hemeimeem air base in Syria
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Russia's Defense Ministry, however, remained adamant that the USA 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.

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"This is the irrefutable evidence that there is no struggle against terrorism as the whole global community believes", the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement posted on Facebook along with photos.

Footage used by the Russian government to prove USA forces were working alongside the Islamic State was actually taken in 2016 from an entirely different engagement.

The game in question is none other than AC-130 Gunship Simulator for Android and iOS.

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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The video game image seems to be taken from a promotional video on the game's website and YouTube channel, closely cropped to omit the game controls and on-screen information.

The posts included several screen captures allegedly taken by US forces shepherding an ISIS convoy, protecting them from Russian and Syrian forces. After the images were called out by sharp-eyed readers on social media the Ministry of Defense immediately began taking the posts down. The statement wasn't even fully cropped out of the images that Russian Federation tweeted.

The ministry said US-led coalition planes instead tried to impede Russian Aerospace Forces operations in the area.

Russia's Defense Ministry said on Tuesday an employee had attached the wrong photos to a statement accusing the United States of providing de-facto air cover for so-called Islamic State in Syria after the mistake was spotted online.

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

"So again, that is pretty consistent with what we have seen come out of Russian MOD as being baseless, inaccurate and completely false".

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