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Category: Middle East & North Africa

March 1, 2019

By Eliot Higgins

The OPCW FFM’s Report on the April 7th 2018 Douma Chemical Attack Versus The Open Source Evidence

The OPCW Fact Finding Mission’s new report on the April 7, 2018 Douma chemical attack provides more details about what occurred in Douma nearly a year ago — and also allows us to compare those details and their conclusions to open source evidence and statements made by various parties. The Open Source Investigations A few…

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February 25, 2019

By Bellingcat Contributor

Iran Builds A New Tanker at Sadra

Iran’s Sadra Island shipyard is currently constructing another AFRAMAX tanker, satellite imagery acquired by Planet Labs confirms. Workers at the shipyard began laying the keel in late April 2018 but very little progress was made until November—the targeted month for the return of U.S. oil sanctions. New international orders have not been revealed in public…

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January 22, 2019

By Dan Kaszeta

Isopropyl Alcohol and Sarin: One Is Needed For the Other

Recent sanctions enforcement cases in Belgium and Switzerland have demonstrated that organisations within Syria have been attempting to purchase large quantities of isopropyl alcohol, also known as propan-2-ol, 2-propanol and isopropanol. European Union sanctions have controlled traffic in isopropyl alcohol to Syria since 2013. After Syria acceded to the Chemical Weapons Convention in late 2013,…

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January 3, 2019

By Wim Zwijnenburg

Heavy Rains in Hasakah: An Open-Source Analysis of Catastrophic Damage

When the season of heavy rainfall began in war-torn Syria, the misery local residents and internally displaced persons (IDPs) have faced over the years was compounded by environmental setbacks. This open-source monitoring blog of the situation in north eastern Syria, currently controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), will look how the rains in the…

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December 18, 2018

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Chemical Weapons and Absurdity: The Disinformation Campaign Against the White Helmets

A joint report in collaboration with Newsy The Syrian Civil Defence (SCD), also known as the White Helmets, is a search-and-rescue organisation based in opposition-held areas. They have recorded some of the worst atrocities carried out in Syria and provided vital evidence of gross human rights abuses by the Syrian government and the Russian military….

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