"Regarding Abu Kamal, this is not the only case when the USA spares terrorists", Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov was quoted as saying by Russia's official TASS news agency on Tuesday. It turns out that the images that the account used actually came from a game called AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron, a connection that was made over and over as more people recognized the similarities with a YouTube clip showcasing the game.
But the Conflict Intelligence Team, described by The Guardian as "Russian online investigators who fact-check claims by the Russian military", refuted the Ministry's claims in a Facebook message of its own.
The Russian Defense Ministry also provided authentic photos of an IS militant convoy heading for the Syrian-Iraqi border.More news: Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is GM's most powerful vehicle ever
Russia's Defense Ministry on Tuesday posted several photos on social media purportedly showing "irrefutable evidence" that the United States was helping Islamic State terrorists.
"Such actions by the coalition show that the rapid advance of the Syrian troops in Abu Kamal have disrupted USA plans to create pro-American authorities beyond the control of the Syrian government, and to manage the territories on the eastern bank of the Euphrates", it said.
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.
The ministry's official account said the black-and-white images were taken on November 9 near the Syria-Iraq border and provided "irrefutable proof that the U.S.is providing cover to IS combat units. All content subject to change". "So, again that is pretty consistent with what we have seen come out of Russian MoD, as being baseless, inaccurate and you know, completely false", he told a briefing with Pentagon reporters on Tuesday.