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March 23 2018, 05:01 | Irvin Gilbert
Proving US-Led Coalition Refused to Strike Daesh
The ministry's official account said the black-and-white images were taken on November 9 near the Syria-Iraq border and provided "irrefutable proof that the United States is providing cover to IS combat units".
The ministry posted five photos on its official social media accounts, along with a statement that accused U.S. troops of allowing IS militants to hide from Russian and Syrian air strikes.
The images were later deleted from the ministry of defense's Twitter and Facebook accounts, and the ministry said several hours later that there had been a "mistake", and published a different set of pictures, calling them "irrefutable proof" of U.S. aid of IS. 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. From watching the video at the top that shows a clip from AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron, a video that was uploaded back in 2015, not anywhere close to November 9, 2017 as the images from the tweet would suggest.
The Conflict Intelligence Team fact-checking group said the other four provided were also errors, taken from a June 2016 video which showed the Iraqi Air Force attacking IS in Iraq.
"I certainly can't verify, but I've seen the report that one of the pictures came from a video game".
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".
The ministry said US-led coalition planes instead tried to impede Russian Aerospace Forces operations in the area.
The ministry is investigating its civil employee who attached a wrong photo to illustrate the ministry's statement on Abu Kamal. "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.