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

Wednesday, 15 Nov, 2017

"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.

A woman walks at a damaged site after an airstrike in the rebel-held city of Douma, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta Syria November 2, 2017.

"The Russian Ministry of Defense is investigating its civilian employee who mistakenly attached photos to a statement on the US-led coalition's interaction with the Islamic State militants in the area of Abu-Kamal", the military said in a statement.

The Russian defence ministry attempted to pass off an image from a video game as "irrefutable evidence" that the U.S. was cooperating with Isil in Syria.

CIT said one photo was taken from a mobile game called AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron, and others were screenshots of videos released by the Iraq Ministry of Defence in 2016. The images were from the game AC-130 Gunship Simulator, available for iOS and Android.

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The US Embassy in Moscow said in a statement posted on Twitter that "the US is not going to spend time on the nonsensical claims by the Russian ministry of defense accusing us of complicity with ISIS, using images from video games and old photos of military operations in another country". In the top-right corner, you can see the beginnings of the statement from the video that claims the footage shown was work-in-progress gameplay and that all of the content shown is subject to change.

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

In a Facebook post, the ministry said it liberated the town of Abu Kamal last week alongside the Syrian army.

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". "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.