1. Post #1
    Bob The Knob's Avatar
    September 2008
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    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...deo-game-still
    Russia’s defence ministry has tried to pass off what appear to be stills from a mobile phone military simulation game as “irrefutable evidence” of cooperation between US forces and Islamic State militants in Syria.

    The photographs were appended to social media posts from the ministry’s official accounts posted on Tuesday morning, which accused the Americans of providing air cover for an Isis convoy with the aim of using Isis fighters to further US interests.

    The ministry said Russian air power had supported Syrian troops in freeing the town of Abu Kamal from Isis, and that “facts of direct cooperation and support provided by the US-led coalition to the ISIS terrorists” came to light during the operation.
    The allegations are extremely grave, but may be harder to take seriously given the “irrefutable proof” offered in the form of photographic accompaniment. None of the five photographs attached to the post were what the Russians claimed them to be, said online sleuths, with one photograph apparently a screenshot from the promo for a mobile phone game called AC-130 Gunship Simulator: Special Ops Squadron.

    Conflict Intelligence Team, a group of Russian online investigators who factcheck claims by the Russian military, said that the other four of the five photographs appear to be taken from 2016 footage released by Iraq’s ministry of defence, depicting the Iraqi air force bombing Isis targets near Falluja.

    Soon after people noted the dubious origin of the photographs, the defence ministry deleted its tweets, and removed the photographs from the corresponding Facebook posts. However, a cached version of the post is available that shows the post with the photographs.
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  2. Post #2
    Resident Maid~

    March 2011
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    AC-130 eh? Haven't used one of those in a while

  3. Post #3
    shozamar's Avatar
    August 2008
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    I'd expect this level of incompetence from North Korean propaganda, but not Russian.
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    May 2012
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    I'd expect this level of incompetence from North Korean propaganda, but not Russian.
    Remember that time russia tried to prove that an Ukrainan fighter had shoot down an airliner...with a photoshopped satellite photo
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  5. Post #5
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    September 2012
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    Is this not grounds for some sort of punishment in regards to relations with Russia.

    They are accusing the US of fraternizing with terrorist groups.

    Edited:

    Then again with who you have in the White House, like that'll ever happen.
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    Hans-Gunther 3.'s Avatar
    May 2011
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    Best case scenario would be the Russian defense ministry is humiliated and humbled and scrutinized in the future but knowing confirmation bias and the general effectiveness of their traditional deception campaigns, it's already convincing the right people.
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  7. Post #7
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    August 2009
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    http://tass.com/defense/975642
    MOSCOW, November 14. /TASS/. The Russian Defense Ministry has described the United States’ refusal to carry out strikes against convoys of the Islamic State (IS, terror group, outlawed in Russia) on November 9 as a fact recorded in the transcripts of the talks and furnished authentic photos of a militant convoy heading for the Syrian-Iraqi border. The ministry is investigating its civil employee who attached a wrong photo to illustrate the ministry’s statement on Abu Kamal.
    A serious question though; why does the Russian Ministry of Defense keep cropped photos of videogame footage on hand?

    And also, they seem to have replaced the wrong photos with these...


    https://www.facebook.com/mod.mil.rus...07193766190036

    Let's take a closer look, shall we?

    Hmm, yes. Looks like irrefutable evidence to me!

  8. Post #8
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    Riller's Avatar
    October 2006
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    Remember that time russia tried to prove that an Ukrainan fighter had shoot down an airliner...with a photoshopped satellite photo
    Russian 'evidence' like this isn't there to convince the international community to any extend, it's aimed at their own citizens to show them how bad the U.S. is. You can bet your ass that the fact it's some mobile game isn't being broadcast on any Russian news outlets.
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    May 2009
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    The tweet is still there by the way, but with different photos this time. Also they've claimed that the photos in question were posted "by mistake" by one of their civilian employees.

    Russian 'evidence' like this isn't there to convince the international community to any extend, it's aimed at their own citizens to show them how bad the U.S. is. You can bet your ass that the fact it's some mobile game isn't being broadcast on any Russian news outlets.
    It's actually all over the internet news aggregators here, don't know much about the tv though, but i'm almost certain it won't be mentioned there.

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    November 2007
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    A hilarious fuck up, althought they admited to it being a fiasco of some "civilian" personel.
    whenever it's true or not, yay for exposure.

  11. Post #11
    StrykerE's Avatar
    August 2008
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    Russian 'evidence' like this isn't there to convince the international community to any extend, it's aimed at their own citizens to show them how bad the U.S. is. You can bet your ass that the fact it's some mobile game isn't being broadcast on any Russian news outlets.
    There was also that time Putin showed Oliver Stone footage of a Russian airstrike in Syria, but it turned out to be footage from a US Apache guncam from Afghanistan.

  12. Post #12
    Luni's Avatar
    July 2012
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    Remember that time russia tried to prove that an Ukrainan fighter had shoot down an airliner...with a photoshopped satellite photo
    Not just a photoshopped satellite photo, an insultingly badly photoshopped satellite photo

    The "Ukrainian fighter" was like 200 feet long

  13. Post #13
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    TheTalon's Avatar
    June 2008
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    Didn't anyone stop to think why were the Russians focused on that specific plane and take photos of it just before it was being shot down in the first place?

    Makes no sense

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    August 2010
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    Not just a photoshopped satellite photo, an insultingly badly photoshopped satellite photo

    The "Ukrainian fighter" was like 200 feet long
    What picture was that? Because this sounds like something I'd wanna see.

  15. Post #15
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    Riller's Avatar
    October 2006
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    Not just a photoshopped satellite photo, an insultingly badly photoshopped satellite photo

    The "Ukrainian fighter" was like 200 feet long
    Uh no it was just closer to the camera you doofus.

    Edited:

    What picture was that? Because this sounds like something I'd wanna see.
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