Russia's Defense Ministry to Investigate Wrong Photos Used on Syria Statement

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Footage used by the Russian government to prove USA forces were working alongside the Islamic State was actually taken in 2016 from an entirely different engagement. 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.

Users were quick to notice that one of the images was taken from a video game named "AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron". After the images were called out by sharp-eyed readers on social media the Ministry of Defense immediately began taking the posts down.

The US Embassy in Moscow said in a statement posted on Twitter that "the US is not going to spend time on the nonsensical claims by the Russian ministry of defense accusing us of complicity with ISIS, using images from video games and old photos of military operations in another country".

Another one is a consistent with a slightly edited screengrab from a 2015 promotional video for a gunship simulator video game.

The ministry's crop of the image even contained parts of the disclaimer text in the top right-hand corner, presumably left by the developer, which read: "Development footage".

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Earlier today, the ministry tweeted three times in various languages, with a series of pictures accusing the USA of co-operation with the so-called Islamic state.

The ministry said US-led coalition planes instead tried to impede Russian Aerospace Forces operations in the area.

The Russian military is investigating claims that a civilian employee attached the bogus images, state-run media reported later Tuesday.

The United States is providing de-facto cover for Islamic State units in Syria and only pretending to fight terrorism in the Middle East, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.

Responding to Russia's allegations in remarks carried by Reuters, a spokesman for the US-led coalition Col Ryan Dillon said the Russian allegations were "about as accurate as their air campaign".

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