The Russian Ministry of Defence has used a videogame screenshot to accuse the U.S. of cooperating with ISIS. The tweet says that "the ministry of defence shows irrefutable evidence that U.S. are actually covering ISIS combat units to recover their combat capabilities, redeploy, and use them to promote American Interests in the Middle East".
"British researcher Eliot Higgins of investigative site Bellingcat was among the first to find a YouTube clip of "Special Ops Squadron" showing that Russia's defense ministry shared a cropped screenshot as an "irrefutable" proof", evidenced most clearly by identical text appearing in both the video game footage and Moscow's photo of the Islamic State convoy.
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 United States aid of IS.
In violation of a previously reached agreement, attack aircraft of the coalition entered the airspace over Abu Kamal to hamper the work of the Russian air force, the ministry said in a statement.
"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.
The Russian military said that the US-led alliance had refused to carry out airstrikes against Daesh (ISIS) terrorists who were retreating from the Syrian town of Abu Kamal.
Russian servicemen salute as air force pilots arrive to board a Russian Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jet before departure on a mission at the Russian Hmeimin military base in Latakia province, in the northwest of Syria, on December 16, 2015.