The pictures of the US jets were posted by a Canadian journalist last week on his Twitter account.
— Christian Borys (@ItsBorys) October 6, 2016
Although the journalist noted that painting fighter jets in the colors of potential adversaries is standard practice, they caused a stir among conspiracy theorists.
Many of them accused the US of preparing a false flag attack aimed at framing Russia in Syria.
— Colin McKay (@DerorCurrency) October 7, 2016
— New Eastern Outlook (@JournalNEO) October 10, 2016
So did you guys read that article of the US Army painting bomber jets the colors of Russian jets? Prepare for another false flag coming…..
— Rob Lu-Wong (@ThatROBTho) October 10, 2016
US concocting a false flag incident where one of their FA-18/A jets in Russian colors sink US Navy ship; USS Liberty style new PearlHarbour?
— Tom (@tvdh_3) October 10, 2016
— NedoUkraïnka (@ValLisitsa) October 7, 2016
Another called false flag operations a “US trademark.”
— 'Schreeuwer' Niek N (@Niek1953) October 7, 2016
The publication of the images fell on fertile ground. Relations between Russia and the US over the Syria conflict are at an all-time low, with both countries exchanging threats and warnings with each other over their involvement in Syria.
The US and other militaries are known for using aggressor squadrons, which act as opposing forces in military war games. In addition to being painted in an adversary’s colors, they also use enemy tactics to provide realistic simulations of air combat.