We know that Russia understands the value of social media when it comes to promoting fake news items, but the country’s Ministry of Defense is facing embarrassment after posting images of what it claimed was “irrefutable evidence” of cooperation between US troops and ISIS turned out to be a screenshot from a trailer for a mobile game.
"This is the irrefutable evidence that there is no struggle against terrorism as the whole global community believes," wrote the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation in a Facebook post, which was also shared on Twitter.
The Russian MoD deleted the statement, but, as you can read in this archived Facebook post, it’s claimed that Russia’s air force had supported Syrian troops in freeing the town of Abu Kamal from Isis.
According to the Ministry, the US refused to carry out strikes on ISIS fighters leaving Abu Kamal and allowed them to re-group in coalition-controlled territories.
It added that the coalition’s aircraft tried to interfere with the Russian Aerospace Forces’ actions in the area in order to allow the terrorists to hide from Russian and Syrian strikes.
“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,” said the ministry.