Russia admits mistake, switches game footage for new 'evidence' of U.S.-ISIS links

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:27:40 AM. Russia's Defense Ministry blamed the embarrassing error on a civil service employee, but provided new images it said were 'irrefutable evidence' of U.S.-ISIS ties.
Share World Russia Russian military U.S. Military ISIS Islamic State Syria Video Games Russia's military admitted Tuesday that footage it initially claimed showed cooperation between the U.S. and the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in Syria actually originated from a computer game, but defended its findings with alternative evidence. The Russian Defense Ministry first posted the alleged proof on Tuesday morning, with one black-and-white image showing a top-down gunship view of a series of trucks supposedly leaving the eastern ISIS-held village of Al-Bukamal for the nearby Syria-Iraq border. After military research site Conflict Intelligence Team and investigative website Bellingcat showed the images actually came from a 2015 computer game titled AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron and 2016 U.S. war footage from Iraq, the ministry removed the post and explained its gaffe. Related: Russia's 'evidence' that the U.S. is helping ISIS is footage from a 2015 computer game Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now "The Russian Defense Ministry is investigating its civil service employee who erroneously attached wrong photo illustrations to its statement on interaction between the U.S.-led international coalition and Islamic State militants near [Al-Bukamal], Syria," the ministry said, according to the state-run Tass news agency. After staging a military intervention on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his embattled armed forces in 2015, Russia...Read more
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