After accusing the United States of colluding with ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Russia’s Ministry of Defense tweeted a photo which it claimed was “irrefutable” proof of its allegations — turned out to be footage from a mobile video game.
“This is the irrefutable evidence that there is no struggle against terrorism as the whole global community believes. 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,” Russia’s Ministry of Defense wrote on Tuesday morning in the English version of the tweet posted in both English and Russian.
— Eliot Higgins (@EliotHiggins) November 14, 2017
Twitter users quickly tied the “evidence” to a YouTube video of gameplay from the mobile phone video game “AC-130 Gunship Simulator.”
The Hill notes:
In that image, the Ministry of Defense did not cut out all of the text from the trailer, which clarified: “Development footage. This is a work in progress. All content is subject to change. The image clearly contains a piece of the words “All content.”
A second image appears to have been lifted from an old Iraqi Ministry of Defense video.
Another alleged @mod_russia drone image accusing US of cooperating with IS was taken from a June 2016 Iraqi MoD video showing Iraqi Air Force bombing IS near Fallujah https://t.co/ybRbuAxA6w
(via @uckuduk1) pic.twitter.com/MtzjqAAStW
— CIT (en) (@CITeam_en) November 14, 2017
The Russian Ministry of Defense has since deleted its original tweet.