Russia Uses Game Screenshot to Allege US Support of ISIS

Russia Uses Game Screenshot to Allege US Support of ISIS

The Russian Ministry of Defence released an image on Twitter, supposedly showing US troops aiding ISIS fighters in Syria. As it turns out, it was actually a screenshot from a game called AC-130 Gunship Simulator.

Eliot Higgins – journalist and scholar at King’s College –  made the discovery.

Higgins added that it was used alongside other images, to falsely link the US and Islamic State Fighters.

The image has been deleted from the Russian MOD’s Twitter page, but the country’s news outlets were quick to pick it up.

AC-130 Gunship Simulator is a mobile game, where players provide air support to troops during the Vietnam War.

Source: Eurogamer, Kotaku



 

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Comments Comments (4)

 
Posted by AdamC
On Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 2:25 PM
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Realism: Check.
 
 
 
Posted by Paorio
On Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 3:41 PM
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I bet that someone out there is looking at this thinking "I knew games caused all this s***!"
 
 
 
Posted by Ryzlin
On Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 3:49 PM
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That's a new level of wow....
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Thursday 16 Nov 2017 3:38 PM
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i thought it looked familiar.