The Russian Ministry of Defense (MOD) on Tuesday published tweets that showed “footage” of what it said was “irrefutable” proof that the United States had joined forces with ISIS.
The only problem was, the footage they tweeted was actually from a YouTube video of video game footage from “AC-130 Gunship Simulator,” which Twitter users were quick to point out, The Hill reported. The MOD had posted aerial photos of a vehicle convoy, and those tweets have seen been deleted.
“This is the irrefutable evidence that there is no struggle against terrorism as the whole global community believes. The US are actually covering the ISIS combat units to recover their combat capabilities, redeploy, and use them to promote the American interests in the Middle East,” the MOD tweeted in both Russian and English, The Hill reported, noting that the tweet was archived on archive.org.
This is one of the images the Russian MOD had tweeted:
And this is a screenshot of the video gameplay from YouTube:
And, another image appears to be from an Iraqi MOD video, The Hill reported.
Twitter user “CIT (en),” or Conflict Intelligence Team, tweeted an “alleged drone image accusing U.S. of cooperation with IS,” where the image was reportedly taken from footage of the Iraqi Air Force bombing ISIS near Fallujah in June 2016, they tweeted.
While the MOD’s tweets containing video game footage have since been deleted, the MOD has also published another tweet that accuses the U.S. of “covering ISIS combat units to recover their combat capabilities, redeploy, and use them to promote the American interests in the Middle East,” it said, again citing “irrefutable evidence.”