Russia Just Tweeted a Video Game Screenshot to Show Chemical Weapons Trucks

This morning the Russian embassy in the UK tweeted an image with the message, “Extremists near Aleppo received several truckloads of chemical ammo.” The only problem with the tweet? The image they used is from the video game Command & Conquer.

Kelsey D. Atherton from Popular Science spotted the tweet and tracked down the source of the image. The tweet includes a little disclaimer on the bottom that the image is “used for illustration purposes only,” but it’s unclear how many people have actually noticed.


See that little black text on the bottom of the image?

Once the tweet went up and people made the connection, the good folks of Internet-land did what they do best: They ridiculed the hell out of it. Below we have just a few great examples.

We have one Twitter user who spotted “Evidence of Fascists in Ukraine violating Minsk Protocol.” Any resemblance to the video game Wolfenstein is purely coincidental.


We have a photo of the extremists:


We have ISIS planning a terrorist attack:


And last but not least we have an extremist war vessel built in space to invade Earth:


Strangely enough, this isn’t the first time that people have used images from video games to demonstrate the fight against terrorism. A few months back Iranian state TV used footage of a “Hezbollah sniper” taking out ISIS targets. It was only revealed later that the footage came from the video game Medal of Honor.


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Matt Novak

Matt Novak is the editor of Gizmodo's Paleofuture blog