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

Marsha Scott
November 15, 2017

In violation of a previously reached agreement, attack aircraft of the coalition entered the airspace over Abu Kamal to hamper the work of the Russian air force, the ministry said in a statement.

This week, Russian Federation took to social media to announce it had "irrefutable evidence" that the United States is helping ISIS. Russia said the Americans actively interfered with Russian airstrikes, to provide cover for the Isis fighters.

Russian Federation re-published the video writing, "The U.S. are actually covering the ISIS combat units to recover their combat capabilities, redeploy, and use them to promote the American interests in the Middle East".

Russia's Defense Ministry earlier on Tuesday published photographs that it said proved that U.S. forces refrained from launching airstrikes against forces of the Islamic State terror group as they fled Syria's Al Bukamal.

Shortly after the Russian defense ministry posted the photos, social media users quickly identified the fakes. According to PCGamesN, the screenshot is from a gameplay footage video for a game called AC-130 Gunship Simulator which was uploaded to YouTube by its developer.

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The ministry is investigating its civil employee who attached a wrong photo to illustrate the ministry's statement on Abu Kamal.

Moscow has previously accused Washington of "pretending" to fight IS in Iraq, allowing jihadists into neighboring Syria where Russian Federation and the U.S. have backed opposing sides in the bloody conflict.

Russian Federation recently cited stills from a video game as proof that the USA was working with ISIS before quickly receiving backlash and ridicule from those who recognized the images.

"So again, that is pretty consistent with what we have seen come out of Russian MOD as being baseless, inaccurate and completely false". A scene in a documentary about Putin made by the United States film-maker Oliver Stone showed Putin playing the director video footage on a telephone of what he said were Russian forces on operations in Syria.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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