First Published: 2017-11-14

Russia posts video game image as evidence of US aiding IS
‘Irrefutable proof’ that US is providing cover to IS combat units released by Russia includes images from wargame ‘Gunship Simulator’.
Middle East Online

Screenshot of videogame image from Youtube matches exactly with that of Russian defense ministry

MOSCOW - Russia's defence ministry on Tuesday posted images it said proved the US was aiding the Islamic State in the Middle East, but social media users pointed out they included a still from a videogame.

The ministry's official account said the black-and-white images were taken on November 9 near the Syria-Iraq border and provided "irrefutable proof that the US is providing cover to IS combat units".

But the monitor Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT), along with a number of social media users, was quick to compare one of the images with an identical still from the wargame "AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron".

Other images posted to Twitter appeared to be taken from videos released by Baghdad's Ministry of Defence in 2016, showing the Iraqi Air Force bombing jihadists near Fallujah, the CIT said.

The posts have since been deleted from the ministry of defence's Twitter and Facebook accounts, and the ministry did not immediately respond when contacted for comment.

However, AFP was able to compare the images in an emailed defence ministry statement with the images of the videogame on YouTube and confirm the resemblance.

Moscow has previously accused Washington of "pretending" to fight IS in Iraq, allowing jihadists into neighbouring Syria where Russia and the US have backed opposing sides in the bloody conflict.

The Pentagon has flatly denied the claims.

This year Russian media accused President Vladimir Putin of passing off footage of the American military fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan as the efforts of Russia's air force in Syria during a television interview.

The Kremlin denied that Putin had shown the wrong footage to the American director Oliver Stone during one of a series of interviews.

 

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