Russian Military Released Fake Photos Showing ISIS Withdrawal From Al-Bukamal

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UPDATE 14.11.2017, 17:34 CET:

The Russian Defense Ministry said that it is investigating its civil employee who attached wrong photos to illustrate its statement on the ISIS withdrawal from al-Bukamal.

“The Defense Ministry is investigating its civil service employee who erroneously attached wrong photo illustrations to its statement on interaction between the US-led international coalition and militants of the Islamic State [terrorist organization outlawed in Russia] near Abu Kamal, Syria,” the ministry said, according to the Russian state-run media agency TASS.

It also released released new photos:

Russian Military Released Fake Photos Showing ISIS Withdrawal From Al-Bukamal

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Russian Military Released Fake Photos Showing ISIS Withdrawal From Al-Bukamal

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Russian Military Released Fake Photos Showing ISIS Withdrawal From Al-Bukamal

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Russian Military Released Fake Photos Showing ISIS Withdrawal From Al-Bukamal

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The post was originally released on November 14, 12:05 CET:

On November 14, the Russian Defense Ministry released a series of photos allegedly showing an ISIS withdrawal from the Syrian city of al-Bukamal. The ministry said that the US-led coalition assisted the ISIS terrorists withdrawing from the city.

However, the photos were fake. [UPDATE 13:03 CET: The photos disappeared from the Russian Defense Ministry’s Facebook and Twitter accounts]

1. The photo below was released by the Russian Defense Ministry on November 14. It was aimed to show an ISIS column withdrawing from al-Bukamal.

Russian Military Released Fake Photos Showing ISIS Withdrawal From Al-Bukamal

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However, it appears that the Russian Defense Ministry’s photo is just a part of the AC-130 Gunship Simulator video.

Russian Military Released Fake Photos Showing ISIS Withdrawal From Al-Bukamal

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2. Another photo is indeed from Iraq. It shows the US-led coalition airstrikes against ISIS near Fallujah.

The Russian Defense Minsitry’s photo:

Russian Military Released Fake Photos Showing ISIS Withdrawal From Al-Bukamal

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The original:

Russian Military Released Fake Photos Showing ISIS Withdrawal From Al-Bukamal

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3. The photo below is also a screenshot from the video “Iraqi Airstrikes Hit ISIS Convoy Fleeing Fallujah P. -2-“.

Russian Military Released Fake Photos Showing ISIS Withdrawal From Al-Bukamal

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Russian Military Released Fake Photos Showing ISIS Withdrawal From Al-Bukamal

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4. Another  photo is also a screenshot from the same video:

Russian Military Released Fake Photos Showing ISIS Withdrawal From Al-Bukamal

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Russian Military Released Fake Photos Showing ISIS Withdrawal From Al-Bukamal

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5. And this photo is also a screenshot from the video showing airstrikes on ISIS in Iraq.

Russian Military Released Fake Photos Showing ISIS Withdrawal From Al-Bukamal

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Russian Military Released Fake Photos Showing ISIS Withdrawal From Al-Bukamal

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It is not clear if this a mistake or something else. Were the Russian Defense Ministry’s social media accounts hacked? However, it’s clear that this undermines the report’s credibility.

By 13:03 CET, the Russian Defense Ministry had deleted the photos from its statement:

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  • Spectator

    Excellent move!
    I hope they wanna show that they can use also false reports!
    As Israel is planning to bomb a military site after BBC reports, Russia provides video games screenhots . LOOOOL

    • Tiresia Branding

      this is a deliberate act of cyberwar against Russia by means of Facebook and Twitter. Waiting for an answer

  • SOF

    I have played this game before. Its an older generation type game that was not well known.

  • And people say SouthFront is biased or Russian propaganda lmao
    As usual, SF is always neutral :)

    • Freespirit

      Objective would be a better choice of word than “neutral”. “Neutral” smacks of “compromising” and any compromise with evil would still be “evil”

      One cannot be “neutral” with FACTS or TRUTHS

      • WinstonSmith

        Russia tries very hard to be “neutral” in its Syrian campaign, making great efforts to accomodate terrorists (US/ISISrael/SDF/Turkey/etc.) at the expense of its allies which every now and then get bombed and attacked by the terrorists.

        This gaffe just plays right into the hands of the terrorists.

        • Freespirit

          You may be right about Russia,but that does not negate the principle I asserted.To repeat: “One cannot be “neutral” with FACTS or TRUTHS”

  • Spectator

    It seems that the other pictures are from 2016 Iraqi air force.

  • Alex

    Keeping up with the trend, hired some ukranians or americans lately? This reminds me of when the us govmn’t posted fake pictures of dead Bin Laden or the ukranians trying to prove russian army presence with a video game or the JIT’s mh17 investigation, lol.

    • occupybacon

      The reptilians did it.

  • Solomon Krupacek

    several months ago putin showed fake photos about syria. and they were american photos about afghanistan. big shame for russian intel. both fakes.

    • Dmitry Lunyov

      Same was, when US media shows pictures from Ru footages about bombing oil infrastructure of ISIS and claims that was coalition actions

    • Harry Smith

      I thing it is not a fail of the Russian intel, but just the way media wing of MoD is treated by other departments.

    • Turbofan

      I knew such news would make you crawl out your hole

    • Langaniso Mhlobo

      Putin does things including agreements without law makers awareness.Just like Lavrov their still have KGB mentality.Just as Russian sanctions against Turkey.When the sanctions were imposed everybody was involved
      When the sanctions were lifted one man was involve. Their are also good liars.Either expelled USA to avoid fake fotos.

  • WinstonSmith

    Had to be fake, how else would ISIS have retaken Albukamal as esaily as they did after both the Syrian coalition AND Iraqi PMU kicked them out. Should’ve let the Iraqis finish the job.

  • Manuel Flores Escobar

    1º The reality is that ISIS withdrew from there and SAA entered in the city..later ISIS retake AB!…2º ISIS allows SDF to operate freely along east Eufrates river and to take oil fields and wheat lands without significant oposition!…thats the true!

  • as

    Waiting for the official statement of the Russia regarding this.

  • Derapage

    Most likely case of hacking especially this can happen on Facebook.
    If we also consider that Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft provided data to Langley…

    • Wagner schmit

      Not a hacking because now they are reporting “different photos” so incompetence and more lies on their part.

      • Goran Grubić HardyVeles

        Support you on this. Too many times people get with too complex explanations and theories on an event, that is likely to have completely simple cause and down to the ground reasons. Incompetence, covered up with lies are simply these things that all human organizations tend to do. Simple, realistic — true.

        • Derapage

          So Russia Gate is truth but hacking of Facebook account linked to Russian DM is impossible, right?
          Funny…

      • John Whitehot

        don’t worry, even among the sheerest of incompetencies, the fact that ISIS has been in bed with the US and its leading cabal is beyond any reasonable doubt.

  • Langaniso Mhlobo

    I support Russia but their good liars playing Syrian game with USA and Irael.Selling best weapons to Syrian and Iranian Hezbollah enemies.Russian Syria allies get sanctuary outdated weapons like S-300 to nothing defence shield against patriot or aegis.
    If USA or Israel attack Syrian troops their vanished and come later and play blame treathening game without any results.How many elections did USA interfered with. But Russia pleases Trump for good books instead of saying find out and do what ever you want we are already under your sanctions and incircling and threats.North Korea send Russia action plan letter if attack their turn around and passed the letter to USA intelligence and Trump.The leadership of Russia allowed USA to treat Russia like a puppet.

  • qveenz

    That’s why spies exists: to steal what’s the other produce in orther to increas it’s royalties. But sometimes we here BeeGees starting to joke.

  • Steven Fay

    Ive seen that video loads of times ,its so clearly fake ,i had an argument with some american who said it was real, the way the vehicles move and explode its so video game its ridiculous. US news tried to pass this off as real also, cant believe the Russians did too, if thats TRUE that is.

  • Only Nazi Alliance of Terrorist Organizations, Wahhabistan, Ottomans and Zio are allowed to use disinformation. The nerve of those Russkies! :D

  • MH370

    and now russian credibility after this and before can be questioned

    • Gregory Louis

      I think it might be a hacking but let’s see

  • gustavo

    Thanks for showing this news. Objectivity is very important for good news. Whatever reason Russia had to put this is wrong, and I glad the have realized about this. What I am worry about is the forbidden by USA to Russia bomb ISIS on the other side of Euphrates river ¿ why am I saying this ? Well, just look up the report of many terrorists moving to north part of Al-Bukamal, reorganize themselves, and moving back to the city to attack it. All of these things are seen by Russia spy satellite, drums, and planes, and Russia do not try even to send any helicopters (night vision) to stop them.

    • George King

      You can,t dismiss the current intensified Russian air assault on the Al-Bukamal area as capitulation of any sort. The war theater is much larger with many players and as we have seen they are trying to redeem something from nothing as in the SA v Lebanon manufactured front of the war as well as the failed Kurdistan plan.

  • Tiresia Branding

    I don’t belive in coincidence… now that zionist’s western media loose their credibility, now that their only choice is to recurr to censorship: a miracle! Exposed russian false documentation and void propaganda. Cui bono? Who behind these so simply to demistify products? Never I will believe russian intelligence is so dumb, but all we know about a fifth column inside Russia that work like a cancer

  • Deo Cass

    This is interesting. These videos apparently appeared only on the Facebook page of the Russian Ministry of Defence. They do not appear on the official Russian Ministry of Defence web page. I find it strange how this video footage from Western news outlets ended up on Russia’s ministry of Defence Facebook page. My take is that the video footage is a hack. It would suite the US agenda perfectly to discredit the Russian Ministry of Defence. Conclusion, it was a US hack by the US cyber army.

    • FlorianGeyer

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    • Melotte 22

      The question is, why would Russian Ministry of Defence have a facebook account? Plain stupid.

      • Robert Duran

        My point exactly

  • RichardD

    The Russian picture mistakes are minuscule compared to the Jewmerican attacks on the SAA, hospital, mosque, wedding, baby milk factory, etc., that they claimed were “mistakes”.

  • Deo Cass

    Another thing to observe, how on Earth would the Rusian Ministry of Defence issue video footage in English? I have seen previous Ministry of Defence photos and video footage and they are in Russian Cyrillic characters. Conclusion. Definately a hack.

  • Денис Черкасов

    They don’t need to hack Russian Defence Ministry page on twitter or facebook lol. Its american companies, they can do whatever they want with every account on those social products.

    • Wagner schmit

      pfft larov believed it and some russia channel.

  • Ronald

    Why would the Russian Defense Ministry have Twitter and Facebook accounts .
    These were both started and funded by US intel.,… Russia wold know that .
    Propaganda outlet ? ? makes no sense .

  • Deo Cass

    Ok guys. I contacted the Russian Ministry of Defence by email. The answer I got is that they truly released the statement, BUT THEY DENIED POSTING ANY VIDEO EVIDENCE. THEY PROMISED THEY WOULD INVESTIGATE THE REPORTS OF FAKE VIDEOS APPEARING WITH THEIR STATEMENT AND WOULD RELEASE A STATEMENT ABOUT THE MATTER. I’m eagerly waiting for that statement.

  • Deo Cass

    Looking closer at these photos and videos I realize some are footage from Sky News. Come on guys. Give me a break! Why would the Russian Ministry of Defence post footage from Sky News when it has spy drones all over Syria and more satellites than the US? Definately a hack.

    • John Whitehot

      mistakes can happen, no doubt. The fact that such mistake has happened on this particular subject isn’t very convincing though. foul play is possible, especially after it’s been stated that the news release have been handled by civilian employees.

    • Goran Grubić HardyVeles

      Or simply a guy fucked up. Why is it so hard to believe that some one had bad day at job. Come on, these days “hack” became excuse for every fuck up in the world, looks like “the Hilary” virus took out the globe.

  • Deo Cass

    One thing is certain. By hooks and by crooks, Al-Bukamal needs to be totally under the Syrian government control. It is too vital for the Syrian people to let it fall into the hands of the US/Zionist imperialist colonial invasion forces, or worst still to hand it over to them. Now if the US broke the deal of the 15km no fly area around Al-Bukanal with the Russians, than Russia has the military means to assert its right over that area, even though no one gave Russia the permission to let the other regions of Syria to the East of the Euphrates river to the US either. So Russia better puts its act together and help the Syrian government forces take back what belongs to them, or it can go to hell.

  • Deo Cass

    We the readers of Southern Front need to know these things. 1. Are the Tiger forces heading towards al-Bukamal or away from it. 2. Is Russia providing air support to the combined Syrian/Hezbolah/PMU forces outdside al-Bukamal or just to the Tiger Forces, more than 40km away. We are not children to be played around with. We deserve to know the truth please. Thanks

  • Floyd Hazzard

    Well that’s embarassing, but we all are realizing more and more that The Russians are not as ethical as we first believed. A lot of what we use to consider western propaganda had to be rethought.

  • Deo Cass

    Down here the uncontested proof of ISIS using SDF flags. Note the military fatigue of these ISIS terrorists turned SDF and their improvized armoured vehicle in contrast to the US Humvies used by the Kurds and the so called other SDF formations. By the way, this photo is supposed to show the supposedly “SDF newly liberated village of Shahil” to the East of the Euphrates river just around 20km away from al-Bukamal.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8113fbfc7c0bf5a30e644d6290e63abdbcef3623b70a39313bd1fa2fdd9e499c.jpg

  • Deo Cass

    It is relevant to note that there is no reference whatsoever to videos or photos in the Russian Ministry of Defense statement. Tnerefore it was 100% a hack.

  • Kennethllindsy

    Another propaganda fail by Russia. Granted there is a lot of false news reported as true in the Syrian Civil War, but posting clips from video games is ludicrous.

    It is in Russia interest to clean up its act and cease promoting propaganda stories in Syria.
    Especially since they are easily disproven every week now.

    The RF MOD and related Media outlets must be purged of those who keep pushing false stories or Russia will continue to be a laughingstock. If Russia wants to become a major power it should begin to act like one.
    There is zero excuse for running false stories in the Internet age.

  • Sabotage. Russian MoD investigates civilian employee behind the release of the fake photos…:

    https://twitter.com/sashakots/status/930467079173672960

  • Goran Grubić HardyVeles

    What if ….
    ~all drone footage we see from US, RF and any other power are actually rendered by super-High Quality simulation 3D rendering engine. What if … it is common practice to render draft footage with faster and low-res engine to check the kinematics before the lengthy render of the “real” thing, what if… this guy just clicked on folder “Draft” instead of “Production” …

    Many “what ifs” but one is “for sure”: it is possible and no one would notice difference because visualization technology is far beyond cheap Hollywood FXs. Literary every single aspect of video footage that you get as proof of realism is algorithmicaly described and implemented decades ago. There are things that money can’t buy, for everything else: there is PR.

    • Attrition47

      That would be exposed by the passage of time, like US propaganda.

  • Carol Davidek-Waller

    Deliberately using unrelated photos is a U.S. hat trick for which they have been repeatedly outed.
    Most likely the source of these.

  • Frane Frlan

    Pictures and videos are less important.

    How on earth, the ISIS convoy can exit encircled town, even if SAA fail to close the encirclement from the east river side?

    With every tactical logic, the convoy should be a sitting duck for snipers, not to mention artillery and tanks, which are stationed max. 2-3 km of potential convoy route.

  • Kira Binkley

    In which direction, exactly, were they going? The U.S. and ISIS. Anybody know?

  • gustavo

    I see something strange about all this matter, and let me explain you. How is it possible that just at the moment when BBC declare the relation USA-ISIS. Russian are not so stupid to make this type of mistake, and I do not think this is an stupidity. From my point of view, it looks like more as some kind of protection (deviation of attention) of the news given by BBC. Is Russia helping to take care of USA face ?

    • John Mason

      Does seem like it.

      • Attrition47

        Prpaganda Sarin?