Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Russian Federation uses video game pictures to claim United States helped Isil

Russian Federation uses video game pictures to claim United States helped Isil

The ministry said US-led coalition planes instead tried to impede Russian Aerospace Forces operations in the area.

"These facts give indisputable evidence that the us, which (pretends) before the world community an irreconcilable fight against worldwide terrorism, in fact provides cover for combat-capable IS units to restore their forces, regroup and be used for promoting USA interests in the Middle East", the statement said.

That video was originally posted in 2015, and shows a development preview for the simulator.

Other images posted to Twitter appeared to be taken from videos released by Baghdad's Ministry of Defence in 2016, showing the Iraqi Air Force bombing jihadists near Fallujah, the CIT said.

The images were later deleted from the ministry of defence's Twitter and Facebook accounts, and the ministry said several hours later that there had been a "mistake", and publishing a different set of pictures, calling them "irrefutable proof" of U.S. aid of IS.

The ministry is investigating its civil employee who attached a wrong photo to illustrate the ministry's statement on Abu Kamal.

"However, the USA command's refusal to carry out strikes on the convoys of ISIL terrorists retreating from Albu Kamal on November 9 is an objective fact reflected in the transcripts of the talks and therefore, fully known to the US side", Interfax news agency quoted the ministry as saying on Tuesday.

Asked about Russian allegations of the US helping Islamic State around Albu Kamal, Colonel Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the USA -led coalition fighting Islamic State, said: "The Russian ministry of defense statements are about as accurate as their air campaign and I think that is a reason for them to start, you know, coming out with their latest barrage of lies".

Moscow has previously accused Washington of "pretending" to fight IS in Iraq, allowing jihadists into neighbouring Syria where Russian Federation and the United States have backed opposing sides in the bloody conflict.

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