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Russian Federation posts video game screenshot as 'irrefutable evidence' of USA helping ISIS

Russian Federation posts video game screenshot as 'irrefutable evidence' of USA helping ISIS

The posts included several screen captures allegedly taken by US forces shepherding an ISIS convoy, protecting them from Russian and Syrian forces.

Another image was identified by the Russian military research site Conflict Intelligence Team and the investigative website Bellingcat as a shot from footage of Iraq taken in 2016.

The archived Facebook post claims that the Syrian Army, backed by the Russian Air Force, "liberated" the city of Abu Kamal last week.

The ministry said an employee had mistakenly attached the photo.

"#Russian_Mod shows irrefutable evidence that #US are actually covering ISIS combat units to recover their combat capabilities, redeploy, and use them to promote American interests in Middle East", the Russian Ministry of Defense tweeted, in a now-deleted tweet.

Researchers at Conflict Intelligence Team, a nonprofit group that investigates Russian military activities, subsequently reported that three other images shared by Russia as "irrefutable evidence" of USA forces assisting the Islamic State were actually taken from video released by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense in 2016.

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". This is a work in progress. It later reposted the same statement with different images. "As proof, the MoD's social media account posted what they claimed were Russian drone photos of the convoy heading towards the Syrian-Iraqi border", the group said.

It said the US-led coalition refused requests to cooperate and "eliminate fleeing Isis convoys".

"The United States' refusal to carry out strikes against ISIL terrorist convoys retreating from [Al-Bukamal] is a fact recorded in the transcripts of the talks and, therefore, well known to the American side, just as the active counteraction by USA aircraft to the Russian Aerospace Forces, which were ready to destroy ISIL terrorists who were regrouping for new attacks against government troops near [Al-Bukamal]", the ministry added, using an alternative acronym for ISIS.

"I certainly can't verify, but I've seen the report that one of the pictures came from a video game".