Russian Federation uses video game pictures to claim U.S. helped Isil

A multifunctional fighter-bomber Su-34 of the Russian Aerospace Forces lands at Hemeimeem air base in Syria

The tweet says that "the ministry of defence shows irrefutable evidence that United States are actually covering ISIS combat units to recover their combat capabilities, redeploy, and use them to promote American Interests in the Middle East".

"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.

The allegations are extremely grave, but may be harder to take seriously given the "irrefutable proof" offered in the form of photographic accompaniment.

CIT said one photo was taken from a mobile game called AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron, and others were screenshots of videos released by the Iraq Ministry of Defence in 2016.

The ministry claimed the image showed an IS convoy leaving a Syrian town last week aided by USA forces.

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Several post-18 colleges are located on the campus, including the International Institute of Trade and Development. La Dépêche du Midi newspaper quoted him as telling police he had heard voices telling him to harm someone.

After military research site Conflict Intelligence Team and investigative website Bellingcat showed the images actually came from a 2015 computer game titled AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron and 2016 US war footage from Iraq, the ministry removed the post and explained its gaffe.

That video was originally posted in 2015, and shows a development preview for the simulator. Moscow has never admitted any civilian casualties of its air raids.

Eliot Higgins, a researcher with Kings College London and Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab, pointed out this was not the first time the Russian Defense Ministry's social media accounts were caught lying. Earlier this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin showed American filmmaker Oliver Stone video on his cell phone he claimed was recent video footage of Russian troops fighting the Islamic State.

A US Department of Defense spokesman said this incident was just the latest "episode" by the Russians.

The ministry is investigating its civil employee who attached a wrong photo to illustrate the ministry's statement on Abu Kamal.

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