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Russia Used Video Game Screenshots to "Prove" the US Is Assisting ISIS

15 November 2017

The evidence that Russia came forward with on Twitter was said to be "irrefutable proof" of collusion, but those who saw the tweets from the Russian Ministry of Defense Twitter account swiftly pointed out that the proof wasn't as irrefutable as it claimed.

The US-led anti-ISIS coalition "tried to disturb" the Russian aviation in Abu Kamal to enable the jihadists to escape.

"British researcher Eliot Higgins of investigative site Bellingcat was among the first to find a YouTube clip of "Special Ops Squadron" showing that Russia's defense ministry shared a cropped screenshot as an "irrefutable" proof", evidenced most clearly by identical text appearing in both the video game footage and Moscow's photo of the Islamic State convoy.

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The photographs have been deleted after the fact-checking organisation Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) accused the ministry of using a video game screenshot and old conflict photographs.

The Russian Defense Ministry also provided authentic photos of an IS militant convoy heading for the Syrian-Iraqi border. As the Syrian military's campaign outpaced a parallel anti-ISIS offensive by the US and the Syrian Democratic Forces, a mostly Kurdish coalition of Arabs and ethnic minorities, Russian Federation accused the USA of helping ISIS escape as Syrian troops and their allies closed in on Al-Bukamal earlier this week. 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 US-led Coalition Air Force entered the 15-km zone around Abu Kamal to interrupt operation of the Russian aircraft".

Russia's Defence 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 Islamic State in Syria after the mistake was spotted online.

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"The claim itself is actually ridiculous", Kofman said, with a laugh.

According to the Russian MoD, Washington planned to "recover their combat capabilities,", so they could be used elsewhere in the Middle East as proxy forces on the Americans' behalf.

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