Rus­sians’ ‘proof’ is vid game

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THE Rus­sian min­istry of de­fence has been caught dis­tribut­ing false images it claims are from re­cent U.S. op­er­a­tions in Syria, but which in fact show scenes from a com­puter game and an old Iraqi mil­i­tary video.

The images, shared on the min­istry’s of­fi­cial Face­book and Twit­ter pages, are ac­com­pa­nied by a cap­tion de­scrib­ing the pic­tures as an Is­lamic State con­voy leav­ing the Syr­ian city of Abu Ka­mal on Novem­ber 9.

Rus­sia claimed these pic­tures showed “ir­refutable ev­i­dence” that the U.S.-led coali­tion was work­ing to­gether with Isis troops “to pro­mote Amer­i­can in­ter­ests” in the Mid­dle East.

How­ever, all of the images can be traced to ma­te­rial posted on­line be­fore 2017, in­clud­ing a promo video for AC130 Gun­ship Sim­u­la­tor, a game from 2015.

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