14 Nov '17, 4pm

Russian accusation of US-ISIS cooperation based on computer game photo

Russian accusation of US-ISIS cooperation based on computer game photo

Claiming it had “irrefutable evidence” of U.S. collaboration with Islamic State on the battlefield, the Russian Defense Ministry on Tuesday published what it claimed was photographic proof taken by reconnaissance drones — using what turned out to be a screenshot from a video game simulation. The ministry had captioned the four photos, posted to social media sites, to indicate they had been taken on Nov. 9 and showed an ISIS convoy fleeing Boukamal, the terrorist group’s last stronghold in eastern Syria. But Twitter users soon sniffed out the actual sources, which were all videos posted online more than a year ago. The doctored photos were also posted on Facebook with a longer statement in Russian, but it was apparently deleted Tuesday afternoon Moscow time as social media users began to call out the use of deceptive photos. A statement in English, but without photos or a r...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/russian-accusation-of-us-isi...

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