The photographs have been deleted after the fact-checking organisation Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) accused the ministry of using a video game screenshot and old conflict photographs.
Early on November 14th, the Russian Ministry of Defense posted messages on social media in Russian, Arabic, and English describing "irrefutable evidence" that us forces were saving, not attacking ISIS forces.
After staging a military intervention on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his embattled armed forces in 2015, Russian Federation has helped the Syrian leader and his allies, including Iran-backed militias, regain large swaths of territory lost to insurgents and jihadis.
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The discovery was made by Eliot Higgins, founder of the investigative website Bellingcat, who noticed a large red "fire" button in the corner had been cropped out of the picture. This is a work in progress. Part of the message can still be seen in the final cut.
Russia's Defense Ministry said on Tuesday an employee had attached the wrong photos to a statement accusing the United States of providing de-facto air cover for so-called Islamic State in Syria after the mistake was spotted online.
"These facts give indisputable evidence that the US, which (pretends) before the world community an irreconcilable fight against global terrorism, in fact provides cover for combat-capable IS units to restore their forces, regroup and be used for promoting USA interests in the Middle East", the statement said.