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

15 November, 2017, 01:23 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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The Russian Defense Ministry said they were ISIS trucks fleeing the city of Abu Kamal in Syria on November 9, which the U.S. refused to bomb. The images were from the game AC-130 Gunship Simulator, available for iOS and Android.

In a Facebook post, the ministry said it liberated the town of Abu Kamal last week alongside the Syrian army.

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 United States warplane. It's not actually from a drone, but from a video game.

The photographs have been deleted after the fact-checking organisation Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) accused the ministry of using a video game screenshot and old conflict photographs. 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.

If the video clip wasn't enough proof to connect the stills with the game and debunk the evidence, you'll also notice that some of the stills even have part of the developer's disclaimers left in the images. This is a work in progress.


Asked about Russian allegations of the USA helping Islamic State around Albu Kamal, Colonel Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the US -led coalition fighting Islamic State, said: "The Russian ministry of defence statements are about as accurate as their air campaign and I think that is a reason for them to start, you know, coming out with their latest barrage of lies". It later reposted the same statement with different images.

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.

The ministry is investigating its civil employee who attached a wrong photo to illustrate the ministry's statement on Abu Kamal.

Coalition spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon called those claims, "about as accurate as their air campaign". "So, again that is pretty consistent with what we have seen come out of Russian MoD, as being baseless, inaccurate and you know, completely false", he said.

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