Russian Federation posts video game screenshot as 'proof' of United States helping IS

Kristopher Drake
November 15, 2017

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

Instead, it came from the smartphone game 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.

"I would say the Russian Ministry of Defense statements are about as accurate as their air campaign".

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

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".

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.


The Russian Defense Ministry said they were ISIS trucks fleeing the city of Abu Kamal in Syria on November 9, which the U.S. refused to bomb.

Russian Federation alleges the USA is co-operating with so-called Islamic State by providing cover to fleeing IS militants.

Russia's defence ministry said not only did the Americans refuse to carry out a joint operation to strike Isis fighters leaving Abu Kamal but also allowed them to regroup on coalition-controlled territory.

A later press release said it had launched a probe into the actions of a civilian employee of one of its subdivisions who "mistakenly attached photos" to the first version of its statement.

Asked about Russian allegations of the USA helping Islamic State around Albu Kamal, Colonel Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the US -led coalition fighting Islamic State, said: "The Russian ministry of defence statements are about as accurate as their air campaign and I think that is a reason for them to start, you know, coming out with their latest barrage of lies".

USA military spokesman Colonel Ryan Dillon called the Russian statements a "barrage of lies", saying they were "as accurate as their air campaign".

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