U.S. de­nies Rus­sian col­lu­sion charges with mil­i­tants

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD - — Carlo Munoz

Top of­fi­cials with U.S. coali­tion battling Is­lamic State in the Mid­dle East flatly de­nied claims be­ing cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia by Rus­sia, sup­pos­edly pro­vid­ing ev­i­dence Washington is col­lud­ing with the ter­ror group.

“Their state­ments are as ac­cu­rate as their air cam­paign,” Col. Ryan Dil­lon, the top U.S. mil­i­tary spokesman in the re­gion, said Tues­day.

Col. Dil­lon’s comments come in re­sponse to pur­ported sur­veil­lance im­agery show­ing “ir­refutable ev­i­dence” of U.S. forces as­sist­ing an Is­lamic State con­voy mov­ing to­ward the Syr­ian-Iraqi bor­der.

Moscow quickly deleted the posts af­ter it was re­vealed that the so-called “sur­veil­lance im­agery” that ran on­line was ac­tu­ally a screen­shot from a mo­bile video game fea­tur­ing the U.S. Air Force’s C-130 gun­ships.

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