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Russia's Defence Ministry to investigate wrong photos used on Syria statement

15 November 2017

The ministry said Russian air power had supported Syrian troops in freeing the town of Abu Kamal from Isis, and that "facts of direct cooperation and support provided by the US-led coalition to the ISIS terrorists" came to light during the operation. From watching the video at the top that shows a clip from AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron, a video that was uploaded back in 2015, not anywhere close to November 9, 2017 as the images from the tweet would suggest.

In fact, it was taken from a 2015 promotional video showing AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron, a mobile game in which players fire at ground targets from a U.S. warplane. As you'd expect from someone caught with their trousers down, the original tweets and Facebook posts have since been deleted, but once you post something on the Internet it's there forever.

Russia's Defense Ministry says it has launched an inquiry into pictures mistakenly attached to its statement.

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

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"I certainly can't verify, but I've seen the report that one of the pictures came from a video game".

In the corner of the image, however, a few letters of the developer's disclaimer can still be seen: "Development footage".

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

The ministry also said that the US coalition categorically refused to strike the retreating terrorists in spite of repeated proposals by the Russian military to conduct joint actions.

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"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", said the ministry.

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

Coalition spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon called those claims, "about as accurate as their air campaign".

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Russia's Defence Ministry to investigate wrong photos used on Syria statement