Russian Federation posts video game screenshot as 'irrefutable evidence' of USA helping ISIS

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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 defence ministry claims the jihadist fighters operate disguised as members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) with United States support and that the government offensive on Abu Kamal has interrupted American plans to create a pro-US area on the eastern shore of the Euphrates River.

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.

"Such actions by the coalition show that the rapid advance of the Syrian troops in Abu Kamal have disrupted US 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.

AFP was able to compare the images in the emailed defence ministry statement with the images of the videogame on YouTube and confirm the resemblance.

The U.S. military said the militants were voluntarily surrendering and so fell under the provisions of the Geneva Convention on the treatment of prisoners of war.

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 United States is providing cover to IS combat units".

The now-deleted Twitter post, which was published today by the Russian Ministry of Defence account in Russian, English and Arabic, said that the images showed "irrefutable evidence that #US are actually covering ISIS combat units to recover their combat capabilities, redeploy, and use them to promote American interests in Middle East".