Russian Federation uses video game pictures to claim USA helped Isil

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Russia's Ministry of Defence has posted what it called "irrefutable proof" of the U.S. aiding so-called Islamic State - but one of the images was actually taken from a video game.

When Russian's Ministry of Defense first tweeted out the "evidence", they did so in multiple languages, but not all of those are available any longer.

The discovery was made by Eliot Higgins, founder of the investigative website Bellingcat, who noticed a large red "fire" button in the corner had been cropped out of the picture.

The Russian Defense Ministry made a fool of itself today when it posted on Twitter and Facebook "irrefutable evidence" that the United States aided ISIS, which turned out to be screengrabs from a well-known video game and a video published online by the Iraqi military in 2016.

The Russian Defense Ministry has since deleted all of the photos, claiming a "mistake".

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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.

"Twitter users quickly found out that 4 out of 5 "drone photos" were actually taken from videos released by the Iraqi Ministry of Defence in June 2016, showing the Iraqi Air Force bombing IS near Fallujah".

"The US refused to bomb an ISIS convoy fleeing from Abu Kamal under the pretext of the Convention on prisoners of war".

"These facts give indisputable evidence that the US, which (pretends) before the world community an irreconcilable fight against global terrorism, in fact provides cover for combat-capable IS units to restore their forces, regroup and be used for promoting USA interests in the Middle East", the statement said. "All content subject to change".

The Russian military is investigating claims that a civilian employee attached the bogus images, state-run media reported later Tuesday. "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 told a briefing with Pentagon reporters on Tuesday.

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