Ruskies ministry of defense tweets computer game screenshot to accuse U. H. of cooperating with ISIS

Russian ministry of defense tweets video game screenshot to accuse U.S. of cooperating with ISIS

Russian trolls are the talk of the city once again after a congressional investigation uncovered the magnitude their fake social media marketing accounts managed to fool us all.  

But what happens when the official accounts of the Russian ministry of protection tweets a fake picture of the military operation?  

This early morning, @mod_russia tweeted in Russian, The english language and Arabic a series of drone battle pictures to accuse the Oughout. S. of cooperation with the alleged Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria.  

“The Ministry of Protection shows irrefutable evidence that #US are actually covering ISIS combat devices to recover their combat capabilities, redeploy, and use them to promote American passions in Middle East, ” this said in the tweet.  

There’s only one problem: one of the still pictures is from videogame AC-130 Gunship Simulator.  

This is through YouTube’s development preview of the online game, from 2015:  

Image: screengrab/youtube/Byte Conveyor Studios

And this is the picture used by Russia, specific with area and date. The description scans: “The ISIS convoy, coming out of Abu-Kamal near the Syria-Iraq border. (Photo produced November 9, 2017)”

Image: mod_russia/twitter

The picture went viral upon social media Nov. 5 after it had been tweeted by @AnuSharmaUdh and destroyed by Christiaan Triebert at Bellingcat:

Another drone image messaged by @mod_russia allegedly shows Isis automobile convoy leaving Abu Kamal for the Syrian-Iraqi border on Nov 9, 2017:


But as the Conflict Intelligence Team notes on Twitter, the screenshot is actually from a June 2016 Russia Today video from Iraq’s ministry of defence showing the Iraqi Air Force bombing ISIS close to Fallujah:

Image: RT/youtube/screengrab

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