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An Egyptian TV news anchor has illustrated Russian air strikes on Islamic terrorists in Syria with footage from a war video game.
Ahmed Moussa said on news channel Sada el Balad that the footage showed what he called the “effectiveness” and “precision” of Russian air attacks on ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) fighters battling president Bashar al-Assad‘s forces in Syria, according to a report by Al-Jazeera.
Moussa, who has recently praised Russian military action, said the footage proved that Russian president Vladimir Putin was confronting terrorism. “Yes, this is Russia; this is the Russian army. This is Putin,” Moussa told viewers. “This is the Russian Federation. Are they confronting terrorism? Yes, they are.”
Moussa then aired footage that appears to have been taken directly from video game Apache: Air Assault, developed by Russian gaming firm Gaijin Entertainment and published by Activision. The video features pilots with American and British accents giving location coordinates, firing machine guns and launching missiles.
Moussa said “the Americans were too soft,” on ISIS, according to Al-Jazeera. “The U.S. has been there for a year and a half, and we have seen not one bullet from them, nor have we seen anyone getting killed by them.”
As the footage aired, he added: “Look at this precision, look at the missiles that targeted even one single terrorist hiding behind a tree.”
It is unclear whether Moussa knew the footage was from a video game or how it ended up being aired on the news show. However, the news anchor is no stranger to controversy and is known to support Egyptian government lines. The Egyptian government strongly opposes ISIS and other Islamic fundamentalist groups.
Check out the video from AJ+, which is part of Al Jazeera Media Network.
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