AC-130 Gunship Simulator screenshot apparently proves the United States works with ISIS

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"However, the American side has failed to answer the question asked by the Russian side: why the ISIS terrorists left Syria on combat vehicles with heavy armament were regrouping in the coalition-controlled territories and preparing for new attacks [.]", said the statement.

Earlier on Tuesday, the ministry posted a statement on its Facebook page saying the US air force had tried to hinder Russian strikes on Islamic State militants, accompanied by satellite photographs it said showed a vehicle convoy of Islamic State militants leaving the Syrian town of Albu Kamal on November 9 2017.

The ministry claimed in a Facebook post and tweet on Tuesday that the picture showed an "Isis automobile convoy" fleeing Abu Kamal, Syria, under U.S. protection on November 9.

The evidence was "irrefutable", the Russian defense ministry claimed: The US is supporting ISIS. The image went viral nearly immediately, but it was quickly debunked once someone recognized that the image was actually from a 2015 trailer for AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron.

It said the US-led coalition refused requests to cooperate and "eliminate fleeing Isis convoys". Russia said the Americans actively interfered with Russian airstrikes, to provide cover for the Isis fighters. The ministry later deleted the images.

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The militants had been forced to retreat from the city of Abu Kamal in the Syrian province of Deir al-Zour, one of the last remaining IS strongholds in Syria, by the advancing government troops.

Commenters picked up the fact that the Russian MOD published a video from a video game and subsequently mocked the mistake.

A US Department of Defense spokesman said this incident was just the latest "episode" by the Russians.

A spokesperson for the Russian defence ministry told media it was "carrying out checks on a civilian employee who mistakenly added photographs to the ministry's statement".

U.S. military spokesman Colonel Ryan Dillon called the Russian statements a "barrage of lies", saying they were "as accurate as their air campaign".

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