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Category: Middle East & North Africa

November 29, 2019

By Benjamin Strick

Dangerous Goods: Tracing European Arms Used in Oppression and Human Rights Violations

European arms have played a significant role in almost every conflict across the globe. Since 2018, a Bellingcat collaboration has documented, using open source, how European countries and companies have breached their own, and international, laws dozens of times.  Through the EU Arms Project, a Bellingcat and Lighthouse Reports collaborative initiative, we have documented where…

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November 25, 2019

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Emails And Reading Comprehension: OPCW Douma Coverage Misses Crucial Facts

Over the weekend, WikiLeaks released an email from an employee within the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) indicating that the OPCW “misrepresents the facts he and his colleagues discovered on the ground”. This email has since been used to call into question the impartiality and effectiveness of the OPCW’s conclusion about the alleged chemical weapon attack…

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November 15, 2019

By Nick Waters

بيلينكات: نوع “أقلّ فتكاً” من قناني الغاز المسيل للدموع يقتل المتظاهرين في العراق

يحتوي هذا التقرير صوراً وبيانات تظهر بوضوح الإصابات والوفيات. “قُتل عددٌ من المتظاهرين في العراق بعد إصابتهم بطلقٍ من عيار 40 مليمتراً يعتبر “أقل فتكاً. يشهد العراق منذ أسابيع اضطرابات كبيرة بعد خروج المتظاهرين إلى الشوارع احتجاجاً على البطالة ونقص الخدمات العامة والفساد المنتشر على نطاقٍ واسع في البلاد. وقُتل العشرات من المتظاهرين أثر عمليات…

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November 12, 2019

By Nick Waters

Iraqi Protesters Are Being Killed By “Less Lethal” Tear-Gas Rounds

العربية This report contains extremely graphic imagery, including injuries and fatalities. Multiple protesters in Iraq have been killed after being struck by 40mm “less lethal” rounds. Over the last few weeks, Iraq has experienced significant unrest after protesters took to the streets, protesting the lack of jobs, poor public services and widespread corruption. Scores of…

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November 3, 2019

By Dan Kaszeta

Chemicals in Use in Iraqi Disturbances – Is it Nerve Agent?

In recent weeks, there have been numerous large public demonstrations in Iraq. These demonstrations have been met with force by security forces, including use of riot control agents. In recent days, some people have suffered from medical problems, possibly as a result of exposure to chemicals used by security forces. Starting approximately from 29 October…

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October 1, 2019

By Nick Waters

Has Iran Been Hacking U.S. Drones?

Iran says it can hack American drones operating in the Middle East and take control of them — and it has released a video purporting to back up its claims.  Back in February 2019, Iran’s semi-official Fars News claimed that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) intercepted the broadcasts of U.S. UAVs above Iraq and…

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September 30, 2019

By Charles Davis

Pro-Assad Lobby Group Rewards Bloggers On Both The Left And The Right

A shadowy group that supports Syrian dictator Bashar-al Assad is giving thousands of dollars to far-right activists, conspiracy websites, YouTube personalities, and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — all under the guise of an award for “uncompromised integrity in journalism.” The Association for Investment in Popular Action Committees, an umbrella nonprofit based in the San Francisco Bay…

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