AC-130 Gunship Simulator screenshot apparently proves the USA works with ISIS

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The Russian Ministry of Defence has used a videogame screenshot to accuse the U.S. of cooperating with ISIS.

The images were later deleted from the ministry of defense's Twitter and Facebook accounts, and the ministry said several hours later that there had been a "mistake", and published a different set of pictures, calling them "irrefutable proof" of USA aid of IS. Instead, it said, American forces interfered with Russian air operations, allowing ISIS to recover and redeploy. The ministry later deleted the images.

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.

The photographs were appended to social media posts from the ministry's official accounts posted on Tuesday morning, which accused the Americans of providing air cover for an Isis convoy with the aim of using Isis fighters to further USA interests.

But none of the images are from Abu Kamal, and none are from November 9.

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The images were taken from a video published online by the Iraqi military in June 2016, showing a joint US-Iraqi mission that attacked an ISIS convoy outside Falluja.

Russia, which entered the conflict in late 2015 on the side of Bashar al-Assad's government, has long accused the west of backing extremist groups in Syria. It's not actually from a drone, but from a video game.

"The United States' refusal to carry out strikes against ISIL terrorist convoys retreating from [Al-Bukamal] is a fact recorded in the transcripts of the talks and, therefore, well known to the American side, just as the active counteraction by US aircraft to the Russian Aerospace Forces, which were ready to destroy ISIL terrorists who were regrouping for new attacks against government troops near [Al-Bukamal]", the ministry added, using an alternative acronym for ISIS.

"So again, that is pretty consistent with what we have seen come out of Russian MOD as being baseless, inaccurate and completely false".

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

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