Russian Federation accuses United States coalition of hampering its anti-IS operation in Syria

Aaron Brown
November 15, 2017

The Russian Defense Ministry on Tuesday accused the US -led coalition of interfering with the Russian air force to protect retreating Islamic State (IS) militants.

The US Embassy in Moscow said in a statement posted on Twitter that "the US is not going to spend time on the nonsensical claims by the Russian ministry of defense accusing us of complicity with ISIS, using images from video games and old photos of military operations in another country".

The United States is providing de-facto cover for Islamic State units in Syria and only pretending to fight terrorism in the Middle East, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.

"I certainly can't verify, but I've seen the report that one of the pictures came from a video game".

If the video clip wasn't enough proof to connect the stills with the game and debunk the evidence, you'll also notice that some of the stills even have part of the developer's disclaimers left in the images. This is a work in progress.

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The ministry said Russian air power had supported Syrian troops in freeing the town of Abu Kamal from Isis, and that "facts of direct cooperation and support provided by the US-led coalition to the ISIS terrorists" came to light during the operation. "All content subject to change". As you'd expect from someone caught with their trousers down, the original tweets and Facebook posts have since been deleted, but once you post something on the Internet it's there forever.

An image circulated by the Russian military Tuesday purportedly showing "irrefutable evidence" of US forces assisting Islamic State terrorists was actually taken from a 2015 video game. The statement wasn't even fully cropped out of the images that Russian Federation tweeted.

The original is consistent with a June 2016 Iraqi military video, which shows coalition airstrikes and Iraqi military forces attacking an ISIS convoy fleeing Falluja.

"The defense ministry is looking into a civilian employee of one of the departments who attached photos to the defense ministry's statement by mistake", a new statement was quoted by Russian agencies as saying.

Coalition spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon called those claims, "about as accurate as their air campaign".

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