Russian Federation releases video game screenshot as 'proof' United States is working with IS

Both social media posts contained five images showing what appeared to be satellite imagery of a convoy of trucks in a desert landscape.

The posts included several screen captures allegedly taken by USA forces shepherding an ISIS convoy, protecting them from Russian and Syrian forces.

The ministry said US-led coalition planes instead tried to impede Russian Aerospace Forces operations in the area.

Russia's Defense Ministry, however, remained adamant that the US was indeed "covering ISIS combat units to recover their combat capabilities, redeploy, and use them to promote the American interests in the Middle East" and shared new images it claimed were meant to be attached to the original post.

The military stood by its allegations saying "the refusal of U.S. command to inflict strikes on ISIL convoys on November 9 is an established fact recorded in the transcript of conversations".

The images are consistent with a mix of screengrabs from a number of clearly identifiable videos.

USA military spokesman Colonel Ryan Dillon called the Russian statements a "barrage of lies", saying they were "as accurate as their air campaign".

In one screengrab, the Russians added the caption: "ISIS automobile convoy leaves Abu Kamal for Syrian-Iraqi border".

"I certainly can't verify but I have seen a report that one of the pictures came from a video game".

Another image the agency tweeted was taken from an old Iraqi Ministry of Defense video.

With the ruse exposed, other users and national security experts were quick to point out that the rest of the photos shared by the Russian Defense Ministry were also fakes [1, 2].

"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.

In the meantime, the Russian Defense Ministry published new posts [1, 2] with different imagery and blamed the error on an employee.

The Russian Defense Ministry on Tuesday accused the US -led coalition of interfering with the Russian air force to protect retreating Islamic State (IS) militants.

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

Vanessa Coleman

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