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August 29, 2016

By Hady Al-Khatib

Iraqi Digital Investigation Team Confirms ISIS Destruction of Gate in Nineveh

An independent investigation by the Iraqi Digital Investigation Team (IDIT) of the Berlin based organisation Media in Cooperation and Transition (MICT) has added evidence to support the claim that ISIS soldiers destroyed the Gate of Nineveh, a major historical site outside the ISIS-occupied city of Mosul, in April this year. It was the second destruction…

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August 23, 2016

By Chris Biggers

Iran ISOICO Shipyard Update

The latest commercial satellite imagery shows some new developments at Iran’s ISOICO shipyard near Bostanu. In June, the Kilo-class attack submarine and the Kharg (431) replenishment ship departed the shipyard and relocated back to Bander Abbas naval base. The vessels have been located at the shipyard since October 2015 and November 2014, respectively. While the…

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August 22, 2016

By Hady Al-Khatib

Сообщения об использовании хлора против мирных жителей Алеппо

10-го и 11-го августа в социальных сетях, в частности, на каналах Гражданской обороны Алеппо, “Aleppo Media Center”, больницы имени Басселя Аслана, “Al-An news” а также в видеорепортаже BBC появились видео и фотографии, указывавшие на применении сирийскими правительственными силми бочковой бомбы с хлором в районе Забадийя города Алеппо. По заявлениям, в результате этой атаки погибли мирные…

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August 20, 2016

By Chris Biggers

African Drone Apron Update

The U.S. continues to expand drone aprons at African airfields in Djibouti and Niger, recent satellite imagery acquired by Digitalglobe confirms. Space snapshots acquired in July 2016 of Djibouti’s Chabelley airfield show the addition of four more clamshell shelters since previous reporting in March/April 2016. Three new line of sight communication towers and two ku-band…

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August 13, 2016

By Cody Roche

Syrian Opposition Factions in the Syrian Civil War

The following collaboratively written article is the result of months of research in a joint project by Ryan O’Farrell and Cody Roche. Please save or open images in a new tab to see full details. Methodology We have divided the known active Syrian Opposition and associated factions into seven categories: Free Syrian Army The Southern Front…

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August 13, 2016

By Hady Al-Khatib

Reports of Chlorine Gas That Targeted Civilians in Aleppo

On August 10th and 11th, videos and photographs posted to social media channels of the Civil Defense Team in Aleppo, Aleppo Media Center, “Basel Aslan” Hospital, and Al-An news, as well as a video report from BBC, alleged the use of chlorine barrel bomb by the Syrian government in Aleppo in an area called Zabadiyah,…

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August 10, 2016

By Eliot Higgins

Установлена связь между российской авиацией и кассетными зажигательными бомбами в Сирии

В июне 2016 года участники сирийской оппозиции сообщили о нескольких случаях применения зажигательных бомб в ходе бомбардировок населенных пунктов в Сирии, которые им удалось запечатлеть на видео. Активисты неоднократно обвиняли в этом авиацию РФ, а 20 июня 2016 года выяснилось, что телеканал Russia Today отредактировал размещенный ранее сюжет о российских самолетах в Сирии, вырезав кадры с…

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August 8, 2016

By Eliot Higgins

New Incendiary Attacks in Syria Linked to Russian Bombs

In June 2016 Syrian opposition groups filmed and reported a number of incendiary bomb attacks on towns and cities across Syria. Activist frequently blamed Russian jets for the attacks, and on June 20 2016 Russian Today was caught editing footage of Russian jets in Syria to remove footage showing RBK-500 ZAB 2.5SM incendiary bombs. Russia…

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August 1, 2016

By Bellingcat

«Мы расстреляли четверых человек. Все в порядке». Переворот в Турции глазами путчистов

Заговорщики, пытавшиеся совершить государственный переворот в Турции, общались друг с другом посредством группового чата в приложении WhatsApp. Команда Bellingcat подготовила расшифровку, перевод и анализ их переговоров, а также проследила связь их сообщений с фотографиями, видеозаписями и информацией в СМИ, опубликованными с вечера 15 июля по утро 16 июля. Расшифровка переговоров составлена по двум источникам. Первый…

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July 31, 2016

By Rao Kumar

The Battle of al-Bukamal: Here’s What Really Happened

On June 28th the New Syrian Army (NSyA) along with the Forces of the Martyr Ahmad al-Abdo  launched an attack on the ISIS held city of al-Bukamal on the Iraq-Syria border. Despite the support of the US led CJTF-OIR coalition, anti-ISIS sleeper cells and Iraqi tribal forces, the operation failed and by the second day…

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August 11, 2016

By Justin Seitz

Dark Web OSINT with Python Part Two: SSH Keys and Shodan

This entry was originally posted on the AutomatingOSINT.com blog. Welcome back good Python soldiers. In Part One of this series we created a wrapper around OnionScan, a fantastic tool created by Sarah Jamie Lewis (@sarajamielewis). If you haven’t read Part One then go do so now. Now that you have a bunch of data (or you…

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July 28, 2016

By Justin Seitz

Dark Web OSINT With Python and OnionScan: Part One

You may have heard of this awesome tool called OnionScan that is used to scan hidden services in the dark web looking for potential data leaks. Recently the project released some cool visualizations and a high level description of what their scanning results looked like. What they didn’t provide is how to actually go about…

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July 14, 2016

By Cameron Colquhoun

A Brief History of Open Source Intelligence

“Even a regimented press will again and again betray their nation’s interests to a painstaking observer”. William Donovan (OSS Director) “Today you are the media, it is your duty to report and keep the hope alive! You are the media, we are one!” Mir Hossein Mousavi (former Iranian Prime Minister) Upstate New York, 1883 is…

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June 2, 2016

By Justin Seitz

Bait and Switch: The Failure of Facebook Advertising – An OSINT Investigation

This article was originally posted on the Hunchly blog on Medium. This story starts with Sidney Crosby. A professional hockey player and Canadian icon. I can neither confirm nor deny that I welled up like a small child at the Hockey Hall of Fame’s “Golden Goal” display (I will never forget that moment). So imagine…

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June 1, 2016

By Justin Seitz

Expanding Skype Forensics with OSINT and Python: IP Addresses

This article was originally published on AutomatingOSINT.com. In the first part of this series we covered how to extract email accounts from SQLite databases and pull additional information from FullContact.com to find social media accounts or other online profiles that are associated with those email addresses. In this post we will apply much the same technique except…

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May 13, 2016

By Syrian Archive

Dataset of Russian Attacks Against Syria’s Civilians

The Syrian Archive maintains an extensive video database of all known allegations in which civilians have been reported killed or injured by Russia since September 30th 2015. This is one of the datasets that the Syrian Archive has collected, and we will continue working on collecting and creating other video datasets of violations by all…

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May 3, 2016

By Nick Waters

The Importance of OSINT: Misinformation and Verification of Conflict Media

On the 25 February 2016 a video (Video 1) was posted in the video site “Liveleak.com” titled “Shelling of Checkpoint in Ukraine” with the description “Reports suggest the pro-Russian separatists fired on the Police checkpoint in Yasinovataya, Ukraine”. It is just one video amongst the huge amount of information produced and posted on the internet…

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May 2, 2016

By Justin Seitz

Expanding Skype Forensics with OSINT: Email Accounts

This article was originally published on the AutomatingOSINT.com blog. I will be the first to tell you that I know little about forensics compared to most law enforcement or private forensic examiners. One thing that I always found amazing was looking at the result of a forensic acquisition and seeing all of that magical data flowing…

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April 22, 2016

By Bellingcat

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Publishes “Their” Evidence of MH17 Fakery

Last week we published correspondence between Bellingcat and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in which we requested evidence to support their allegations of Bellingcat and others faking MH17 evidence. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has replied, and their full reply (translated from Russian) with their evidence of fakery is shown below, followed by…

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April 14, 2016

By Bellingcat

Response from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Bellingcat Regarding Fakery Allegations

On April 6th 2016 Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova made the following statement about Bellingcat: Bellingcat as an instrument to divert attention from investigating the tragedy of the Malaysian Boeing over Ukraine We took note of an interview with Bellingcat representatives for the BBC in which they sarcastically spoke about some “trolling” on the part of…

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