Russia Posts Video Game Image as ‘Proof’ US Helps ISIS. The Russian Defence Ministry on Tuesday posted images which proved the US was aiding the jihadist group ISIS in the Middle East. Social media users pointed out they included a still from a videogame.However, a Russia-based monitor, Conflict Intelligence Team, revealed that one of the images was a still from a video game. The image was later deleted by the Ministry which said that an employee had mistakenly attached the photo.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. Russia Posts Video Game Image seems to be taken from a promotional video on the game’s website and YouTube channel, closely cropped to omit the game controls and on-screen information.In the corner of the image, however, a few letters of the developer’s disclaimer can still be seen: “Development footage. This is a work in progress. All content subject to change.” Russia alleges the US is co-operating with so-called Islamic State by providing cover to fleeing IS militants.In a Facebook post, the ministry said it liberated the town of Abu Kamal last week alongside the Syrian army. “The US 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,” the statement concluded.Responding to Russia’s allegations in remarks carried by Reuters, a spokesman for the US-led coalition Col Ryan Dillon said the Russian allegations were “about as accurate as their air campaign”.“I certainly can’t verify, but I’ve seen the report that one of the pictures came from a video game. So, again that is pretty consistent with what we have seen come out of Russian MoD, as being baseless, inaccurate and you know, completely false,” he said.
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