Russian Federation posts videogame image as 'irrefutable proof' USA helps IS

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

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

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 defense 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".

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 us forces assisting the Islamic State were actually taken from video released by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense in 2016. The images were from the game AC-130 Gunship Simulator, available for iOS and Android.

The original game footage, which was cropped in the ministry's post, included a red "FIRE" button in the bottom-right corner as well as a disclaimer in the top-right corner that read: "Development footage. All content subject to change".

Shortly after the Russian defense ministry posted the photos, social media users quickly identified the fakes.

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The Russian Defense Ministry has described the United States' refusal to carry out strikes against convoys of the Islamic State (IS, terror group, outlawed in Russia) on November 9 as a fact recorded in the transcripts of the talks and furnished authentic photos of a militant convoy heading for the Syrian-Iraqi border, APA reports quoting TASS.

In the posts - which have now been deleted - the Russian defense ministry claimed that the USA refused to engage ISIS convoys fleeing the city of Abu Kamal in Syria on November 9.

Hours later, the ministry published an updated statement with a different set of images, which it also said proved their claims.

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

Coalition spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon called those claims, "about as accurate as their air campaign".

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