Russian Federation releases video game screenshot as 'proof' U.S. is working with IS

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When Russian's Ministry of Defense first tweeted out the "evidence", they did so in multiple languages, but not all of those are available any longer. According to PCGamesN, the screenshot is from a gameplay footage video for a game called AC-130 Gunship Simulator which was uploaded to YouTube by its developer.

Shortly after the Russian defense ministry posted the photos, social media users quickly identified the fakes.

"I would say the Russian Ministry of Defense statements are about as accurate as their air campaign".

If the idea of American forces in league with the Islamic State isn't absurd enough, it gets better: One of the screen captures was from a video game.

Russia's defence ministry has tried to pass off what appear to be stills from a mobile phone military simulation game as "irrefutable evidence" of cooperation between USA forces and Islamic State militants in Syria, Guardian writes.

The original game footage, which was cropped in the ministry's post, included a red "FIRE" button in the bottom-right corner as well as a disclaimer in the top-right corner that read: "Development footage".

Earlier today, the ministry tweeted three times in various languages, with a series of pictures accusing the USA of co-operation with the so-called Islamic state.

It said the US-led coalition refused requests to cooperate and "eliminate fleeing Isis convoys".

"These facts give indisputable evidence that the USA, which (pretends) before the world community an irreconcilable fight against global terrorism, in fact provides cover for combat-capable IS units to restore their forces, regroup and be used for promoting US interests in the Middle East", the statement said.

A spokesperson for the Russian defence ministry told media it was "carrying out checks on a civilian employee who mistakenly added photographs to the ministry's statement".

"We find this behavior particularly disappointing and inconsistent with the spirit of the November 11 joint statement by the President of the United States and the President of the Russian Federation", said Maj.

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