According to the Russian MoD, Washington planned to "recover their combat capabilities,", so they could be used elsewhere in the Middle East as proxy forces on the Americans' behalf.
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"The Russian Defense Ministry is investigating its civil service employee who erroneously attached wrong photo illustrations to its statement on interaction between the US-led global coalition and Islamic State militants near Abu Kamal, Syria", the ministry said, according to TASS.
This time though, the official Twitter account of the Russian ministry of Defence made an accusation on U.S, blaming them for cooperating with ISIS using evidence of a preview of a simulation video game!
The tweet above was one of many precautions that was taken by those who saw the tweet in case it would be removed from the Russian Twitter account.
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 image went viral nearly immediately, but it was quickly debunked once someone recognized that the image was actually from a 2015 trailer for AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron.
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The ministry's crop of the image even contained parts of the disclaimer text in the top right-hand corner, presumably left by the developer, which read: "Development footage".
The Russian Ministry of Defense had to delete its posts. "All content subject to change".
It said the US-led coalition refused requests to cooperate and "eliminate fleeing Isis convoys".
"The claim itself is actually ridiculous", Kofman said, with a laugh.
Russia's Defence Ministry said on Tuesday an employee had attached the wrong photos to a statement accusing the United States of providing de-facto air cover for Islamic State in Syria after the mistake was spotted online.
Responding to Russia's allegations in remarks carried by Reuters, a spokesman for the US-led coalition Col Ryan Dillon said the Russian allegations were "about as accurate as their air campaign".