The nation's Ministry of Defense tweeted a series of what appears to be drone combat images in an attempt to claim that the United States working with ISIS in Syria.
In a Facebook post, the ministry said it liberated the town of Abu Kamal last week alongside the Syrian army. The CIT also says the statement contains a second error involving a freeze-frame taken from a video released in June 2016 by the Iraqi defence ministry showing an air raid against ISIS forces fleeing from Fallujah and not from Abu Kamal towards the Iraqi-Syrian border.
The U.S. Embassy in Moscow said in a statement posted on Twitter that "the U.S.is not going to spend time on the nonsensical claims by the Russian ministry of defense accusing us of complicity with ISIS, using images from video games and old photos of military operations in another country".
What's worse is that the Russian state media also broadcasted footage taken from AC-130 Gunship Simulator preview on their news coverage.
The ministry said an employee had mistakenly attached the photo.
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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 worldwide coalition and Islamic State militants near Abu Kamal, Syria", the ministry said. In the top-right corner, you can see the beginnings of the statement from the video that claims the footage shown was work-in-progress gameplay and that all of the content shown is subject to change. It later reposted the same statement with different images.
"The US refused to bomb an ISIS convoy fleeing from Abu Kamal under the pretext of the Convention on prisoners of war".
Russia's Defense Ministry, however, remained adamant that the USA was indeed "covering ISIS combat units to recover their combat capabilities, redeploy, and use them to promote the American interests in the Middle East" and shared new images it claimed were meant to be attached to the original post.
"The claim itself is actually ridiculous", Kofman said, with a laugh.