The Russian Ministry of Defence has accused the US of collaborating with Middle Eastern militant group ISIS and posted what it says are pictures proving the relationship. Only thing is, they're from a video game.
The Russian Ministry tweeted several versions of the "evidence" in different languages, with the English caption to a picture of a convoy of vehicles taken with a thermal imaging camera stating "ISIS automobile convoy leaves Abu Kamal for Syrian-Iraqi border (November 9, 2017)".
Sadly, the intelligence ministry must have found this on a YouTube trailer for 2015's AC-130 Gunship Simulator, as it's an exact match.
So here's the English version of the caption @mod_russia put on a video game screenshot "ISIS automobile convoy leaves Abu Kamal for Syrian-Iraqi border (November 9th, 2017)" https://t.co/8uv2vbEHeQ pic.twitter.com/Ye7hX5HplH— Eliot Higgins (@EliotHiggins) November 14, 2017
Between this and a Russian diplomat's assassination ending up in Telltale's Batman, we're not sure what's happening to the blurry line between game and reality, but the answer must lie somewhere within the Russian borders.