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- “Russian Defense Ministry Investigates Incident With Releasing ‘Wrong’ Photos In Its Al-Bukamal Statement”
- “Russian Military Released Fake Photos Showing ISIS Withdrawal From Al-Bukamal”
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.
One of the photos was just a part of the AC-130 Gunship Simulator video. Others were screenshots from videos showing airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq.
Previously, the US Defense Department was the key body affected by this problem. The Russian Defense Ministry was aiming to rely on facts. However, now we observe another fact showing a mistake or a forgery from the Russian side.
The question appears: what is this?
- Is this a gross negligence of some persons in the media department?
- Is this an act of informational sabotage?
- Or this is an example of providing false data from the region to Moscow?
By 13:03 CET, the Russian Defense Ministry had deleted the photos from its social media accounts.