Russia’s Ministry of Defence has posted what it referred to as “irrefutable proof” of the US aiding so-called Islamic State – however one of many photographs was truly taken from a online game.
The ministry claimed the picture confirmed an IS convoy leaving a Syrian city final week aided by US forces.
Instead, it got here from the smartphone sport AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron.
The ministry stated an worker had mistakenly connected the picture.
The Conflict Intelligence Team fact-checking group stated the opposite 4 supplied have been additionally errors, taken from a June 2016 video which confirmed the Iraqi Air Force attacking IS in Iraq.
The online game picture appears to be taken from a promotional video on the sport’s web site and YouTube channel, intently cropped to omit the sport controls and on-screen data.
In the nook of the picture, nevertheless, just a few letters of the developer’s disclaimer can nonetheless be seen: “Development footage. This is a work in progress. All content subject to change.”
Hours later, the ministry revealed an up to date assertion with a special set of photographs, which it additionally stated proved their claims.
It repeated the declare it was “irrefutable evidence that US are actually covering Isis [IS] combat units to recover their combat capabilities, redeploy, and use them to promote the American interests in the Middle East”.
Russia alleges the US is co-operating with so-called Islamic State by offering cowl to fleeing IS militants. In a Facebook put up, the ministry stated it liberated the city of Abu Kamal final week alongside the Syrian military.
It stated the US-led coalition refused requests to cooperate and “eliminate fleeing Isis convoys”.
It additionally accused the US-led coalition of finishing up air operations within the space to intervene with attainable Russian strikes, and alleged that IS forces have been disguising themselves as US-backed SDF fighters.
“The US 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,” the assertion concluded.
A later press launch stated it had launched a probe into the actions of a civilian worker of considered one of its subdivisions who “mistakenly attached photos” to the primary model of its assertion.
Responding to Russia’s allegations in remarks carried by Reuters, a spokesman for the US-led coalition Col Ryan Dillon stated the Russian allegations have been “about as accurate as their air campaign”.
“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 you know, completely false,” he stated.