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September 20, 2018

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Skripal Suspects Confirmed as GRU Operatives: Prior European Operations Disclosed

In the previous part of a joint investigation, Bellingcat and The Insider – Russia established that: Alexander Petrov – a fake cover persona for a yet unidentified Russian individual – is not a civilian but linked to one of Russia’s security services. This assessment was based on an exhaustive analysis of “Petrov” passport dossier as…

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September 18, 2018

By Eliot Higgins

Pour la troisième fois cette année, du chlore a été utilisé comme arme chimique à Douma, banlieue de Damas

Alors que les préoccupations internationales grandissent au sujet de l’utilisation d’armes chimiques par la Syrie, de nouvelles preuves de leur utilisation par l’armée syrienne continuent à émerger. Le matin du 1er février 2018, des activistes locaux ont rapporté l’utilisation de roquettes chimiques remplies de chlore envoyées sur l’ouest de la ville de Douma, située à…

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September 17, 2018

By Keith B. Ward

La létalité du gaz de chlore – Une explication possible du nombre élevé de victimes et décès à la suite des attaques du 7 avril 2018 à Douma, en Syrie

Un rapport précédent d’Eliot Higgins a rassemblé les preuves concernant au moins deux bouteilles de gaz jaunes associées aux attaques du 7 avril 2018 à Douma, en Syrie. Ce rapport examine les similitudes avec les précédentes attaques qui ont impliqué du chlore en Syrie, et dénombre les bilans humains rapportés depuis Douma allant de 43…

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September 14, 2018

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Skripal Poisoning Suspect’s Passport Data Shows Link to Security Services

Read The Insider Russian report on this same topic here. An ongoing Bellingcat investigation conducted jointly with The Insider Russia has confirmed through uncovered passport data that the two Russian nationals identified by UK authorities as prime suspects in the Novichok poisonings on British soil are linked to Russian security services. This finding directly contradicts…

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September 11, 2018

By Wim Zwijnenburg

Burning Borderlands: Open-Source Monitoring of Conflict-caused Wildfires in Iraq

Iraq is on fire. Since late June, media has reported on wildfires in northern parts of Iraqi Kurdistan among the border with Turkey, along the border with Iran in the northeast and in the southeast of Iraq at the Hawizeh marshes, bordering Iran. A hazardous cocktail of climate change-induced increased summer heat, water shortages, military…

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September 6, 2018

By Eliot Higgins

“God-level Trolling” – Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Maria Zakharova Promotes Debunked Internet Conspiracy Theories on The Skripal Nerve Agent Attack

Following the recent publication of information about the two suspects in the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal a number of attempts have been made to debunk the evidence, most notably from the informal network of individuals and websites who have a long history of pushing conspiracy theories about other allegations against Russia, such as the…

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August 30, 2018

By Oleksiy Kuzmenko

Ukrainian Far-Right Fighters, White Supremacists Trained by Major European Security Firm

Summary of Findings Since 2016, the European Security Academy (ESA) an EU-based company that offers advanced training programs for security, law enforcement and military professionals, has provided sophisticated training geared towards combat application to elements of Ukraine’s controversial Azov Regiment, also known as the Azov Battalion, which has been integrated into the Ukrainian National Guard…

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August 30, 2018

By Noor Nahas

Russia Ramps Up Chemical Weapon Disinformation Leading-Up to Idlib Offensive

As a potential offensive into the remaining Syrian rebel strongholds in Idlib from the Assad government becomes more likely, Russian propaganda outlets like RT (formerly known as Russia Today), their various embassies, and their network of friendly media outlets have started pushing stories of potential chemical attacks in Idlib and Hama. Various stories spread by…

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August 22, 2018

By Noor Nahas

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham Attempting to Consolidate Power Ahead of Idlib Offensive

The Syrian regime continues to indicate that an offensive on rebel-held Idlib in coming, publishing videos of ammunition and soldiers being moved to borders of the region and dropping leaflets calling for reconciliation. Opposition forces have also begun preparations: digging trenches, merging organizations and groups into their umbrella, and asking civilians to begin moving from…

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