Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Russian Federation accuses U.S. of not attacking Daesh in Syria town

11_14_Russia_Syria Russia Posts Video Game Footage as 'Evidence' of US/ISIS Coalition
Saul Franklin | 15 November, 2017, 01:23

In the posts - which have now been deleted - the Russian defense ministry claimed that the U.S. refused to engage ISIS convoys fleeing the city of Abu Kamal in Syria on November 9. From watching the video at the top that shows a clip from AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron, a video that was uploaded back in 2015, not anywhere close to November 9, 2017 as the images from the tweet would suggest. None of the five photographs attached to the post were what the Russians claimed them to be, said online sleuths, with one photograph apparently a screenshot from the promo for a mobile phone game called AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron.

Soon after people noted the dubious origin of the photographs, the defence ministry deleted its tweets, and removed the photographs from the corresponding Facebook posts.

The ministry said an employee had mistakenly attached the photo.

If the idea of American forces in league with the Islamic State isn't absurd enough, it gets better: One of the screen captures was from a video game. To make things worse for Russia's Ministry of Defense, they didn't completely crop out the "development footage" disclaimer. The statement wasn't even fully cropped out of the images that Russian Federation tweeted.

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The images were later deleted from the ministry of defense's Twitter and Facebook accounts, and the ministry said several hours later that there had been a "mistake", and published a different set of pictures, calling them "irrefutable proof" of United States aid of IS.

The ministry also said that the USA coalition categorically refused to strike the retreating terrorists in spite of repeated proposals by the Russian military to conduct joint actions.

It also accused the US-led coalition of carrying out air operations in the area to interfere with possible Russian strikes, and alleged that IS forces were 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 statement said.

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