Russia Tried to Pass off a Video Game as Combat Footage

15 November 2017, 12:22 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Russia Posts Video Game Footage as 'Evidence' of US/ISIS Coalition

11_14_Russian_MoD post

"Regarding Abu Kamal, this is not the only case when the US spares terrorists", Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov was quoted as saying by Russia's official TASS news agency on Tuesday.

It repeated the claim it was "irrefutable evidence that United States are actually covering Isis [IS] combat units to recover their combat capabilities, redeploy, and use them to promote the American interests in the Middle East". Instead, it said, American forces interfered with Russian air operations, allowing ISIS to recover and redeploy.

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 U.S. is providing cover to IS combat units".

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.

Earlier on Tuesday, the ministry posted a statement on its Facebook page saying the US air force had tried to hinder Russian strikes on Islamic State militants, accompanied by satellite photographs it said showed a vehicle convoy of Islamic State militants leaving the Syrian town of Albu Kamal on November 9 2017. 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.

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

Australia Dual Citizenship Row: New Rules To Make MPs Disclose Status
The High Court last month disqualified Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce for inheriting New Zealand citizenship from his father. All of them were the owners of dual citizenships which was seen as a conflict of interests toward the Australian population.

Razer launches smartphone built for gamers
The phone will be offered with 64GB of internal storage , which is expandable up to 2TB via microSD card. Because this phone has a insane 120Hz refresh rate and needs to play back games at 120 frames per second.

Blow for Man United as Jose Mourinho provides Paul Pogba injury update
I think the point is scoring goals or not scoring goals because in the end some players sometimes analyse. Mourinho continued: 'I must protect them when they deserve it and Romelu always deserves it.

The Conflict Intelligence Team fact-checking group said the other four provided were also errors, taken from a June 2016 video which showed the Iraqi Air Force attacking IS in Iraq.

If the idea of American forces in league with the Islamic State isn't absurd enough, it gets better: One of the screen captures was from a video game.

This isn't the first time the Russian government has been caught distributing fake or misattributed video.

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

The Russian military is investigating claims that a civilian employee attached the bogus images, state-run media reported later Tuesday.



Other News

Trending Now

Two Stabbed During Theft From Macy's Dressing Room At Mall of America
The second victim, who was believed to be a family member or friend of the other victim, was stabbed after intervening. A statement from Bloomington police said: "A subject is in custody after a stabbing at Macy's".

Floor Collapses at Denton Apartment Complex
Carroll says that's typical; she's called the cops on the party-goers before. About 50 residents haven't been able to return to their apartmentst.

Tennessee fires Butch Jones
For the previous 32 years, ESPN noted, the Vols had just two head coaches: John Majors and Phillip Fulmer. Jones inherited a program that had posted three straight losing seasons under coach Derek Dooley.

Comedian Louis CK accused of pattern of sexual misconduct
In the New York Times story, five women relayed stories of C.K.'s behavior and desire to masturbate in from of him. Chicago comedy duo Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov described how, after their big-break performance at the U.S.

Google Pixel 2: Burn-In Display Is Not LG's Fault!
This is an issue beyond just phone calls, though, as things such as voice recognition use the same microphones. The smaller, HTC developed Pixel 2 handset has experienced problems of its own, but to a much lesser degree.

Vikings activate Bridgewater, move Bradford to injured reserve
He tore his ACL and suffered a dislocated knee in a gruesome practice injury before the 2016 season. As reported by ESPN , Bradford had surgery that "cleaned up" his knee Tuesday in Florida.

Thousands of Nicaraguans in the US Just Got Bad News
Trump's cruel decision also underscores the fight to pass the American Promise Act , introduced by Rep. Many advocates and lawmakers criticized the decision ahead of an official White House announcement.

Tesla Model 3 Production Lags as Gigafactory Hits Delays
The mass market Model 3 is a make-or-break auto for the company, which until now has sold luxury cars. Musk threw blame at a subcontractor who "really dropped the ball".

Estee Lauder gains after China expansion helps lift forecast
Stevens Capital Management LP purchased a new position in Estee Lauder Companies, Inc . (The) by 16.0% during the third quarter. Putnam Invests Ltd Liability Corporation holds 0% of its portfolio in Estee Lauder Companies Inc (NYSE:EL) for 4,379 shares.

Puerto Rico governor demands cancelation of Whitefish power contract
There will be a separate audit by the Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General's Office. The Puerto Rican government admitted that 911 people had died of "natural causes" after the storm.