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Russia used video game footage to accuse the US of cooperating with ISIS

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Russia’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) seemingly used video game footage to accuse the U.S. of cooperating with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to Newsweek.

Newsweek on Tuesday reported that the agency’s official Twitter account tweeted out a post with several attached drone combat pictures earlier that morning.

“The Ministry of Defence shows irrefutable evidence that #US are actually covering ISIS combat units to recover their combat capabilities, redeploy, and use them to promote American interests in the Middle East,” the tweet said.

The images posted by Russia’s MOD accused the U.S. of cooperating with ISIS in Syria alongside messages in Arabic, English and Russian.

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Russia's MOD tweeted one photo with a specific date and location as part of its “evidence.”

“The ISIS convoy, coming out of Abu-Kamal near the Syria-Iraq border,” the image’s description read, listing the date of its creation as Nov. 9.

The image is a still from a development preview of the video game "AC-130 Gunship Simulator" posted on YouTube in 2015.

Another drone image tweeted by Russia’s MOD allegedly showed an ISIS automobile convoy leaving Abu Kamal for the Syrian-Iraqi border on Nov. 9.

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The Conflict Intelligence Team noted on Twitter, however, that the screenshot is actually from a June 2016 "Russia Today" video.

The video was provided by Iraq’s Ministry of Defence and showed the Iraqi Air Force bombing ISIS near the Iraqi city of Fallujah.

The Russian-language version of the tweet carrying the compromised evidence first disappeared from the Russian MOD’s page Tuesday.

The English-language version of the same messages soon followed suit, and the Russian MOD later sent out a tweet linking to the original Facebook statement without the images.

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Russia has backed Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad during his nation’s civil war, and Moscow has often been critical of U.S. operations there.

Moscow has repeatedly claimed that U.S. forces are at best inefficient at fighting ISIS and at worst aligned with jihadist groups.

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