Russian Federation posts videogame image as 'irrefutable proof' U.S. helps IS

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In the posts - which have now been deleted - the Russian defense ministry claimed that the United States refused to engage ISIS convoys fleeing the city of Abu Kamal in Syria on November 9.

Instead, it came from the smartphone game AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron.

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 U.S. warplane.

The posts included several aerial images supposedly backing Russia's claim, including one labeled: "ISIS automobile convoy leaves Abu Kamal for Syrian-Iraqi border (November 9th, 2017)".

"I would say the Russian Ministry of Defense statements are about as accurate as their air campaign".

Russian Federation recently cited stills from a video game as proof that the US was working with ISIS before quickly receiving backlash and ridicule from those who recognized the images.

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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 USA forces assisting the Islamic State were actually taken from video released by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense in 2016.

The ministry posted a number of aerial images that it claimed were of ISIS convoys, It said the USA intervened to "use (ISIS) to promote American interests in Middle East".

In the corner of the image, however, a few letters of the developer's disclaimer can still be seen: "Development footage".

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

It said the US-led coalition refused requests to cooperate and "eliminate fleeing Isis convoys".

"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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