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U.S. TV uses Russian airstrike footage to claim U.S. hits on ISIS oil trucks


A still from a Russian Ministry of Defense video showing airstrikes against ISIS oil trucks in Syria.

Moon of Alabama writes:

[…] I have found no video of U.S. hits on Islamic State oil tanker assemblies.

The U.S. PBS NewsHour did not find any either.

In their TV report yesterday about Islamic State financing and the claimed U.S. hits on oil trucks they used the videos Russia provided without revealing the source. You can see the Russian videos played within an interview with a U.S. military spokesperson at 2:22 min [see below].

The U.S. military spokesperson speaks on camera about U.S. airforce hits against the Islamic State. The video cuts to footage taken by Russian airplanes hitting oil tanks and then trucks. The voice-over while showing the Russian video with the Russians blowing up trucks says: “For the first time the U.S. is attacking oil delivery trucks.” The video then cuts back to the U.S. military spokesperson.

At no point is the Russian campaign mentioned or the source of the footage revealed.

Any average viewer of the PBS report will assume that the black and white explosions of oil trucks and tanks are from of U.S. airstrikes filmed by U.S. air force planes.

The U.S. military itself admitted that its strikes on IS oil infrastructure over the last year were “minimally effective”. One wonders then how effective the claimed strike against 116 trucks really was. But unless we have U.S. video of such strikes and not copies of Russian strike video fraudulently passed off as U.S. strikes we will not know if those strikes happened at all. […]


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  4. jefe Anson says

    It seems as though the u.s. isnt striking isis but needs to convince the public they are. They dont have actual footage of any strikes because obviously they dont actually want to strike isis, maybe this is why they were so butt hurt when Russia went in to do actual air strikes.

  5. Evgeny says

    see 2:29. It is Russian video! border frame have letters “П” and “Ц” and ‘Ч”

  6. Mick McNulty says

    False claims of seeing military action is called Stolen Valor by the Americans. In 2005 George W. Bush introduced the Stolen Valor Act, but as a rogue nation not even their own laws stop America anymore, let alone international ones.

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  9. Kevin says

    Thank you off guardian for being a lone voice of reason in a nato scape of lies

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