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Category: Middle East & North Africa

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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August 17, 2018

By Nick Waters

Is the Idlib Offensive coming?

Although the Syrian government and its allies has clearly gained the upper hand in the Syrian Civil War, the conflict is still a very long way from being over. Large areas of Syria remain outside the control of the Syrian government, including those held by the SDF and their allies, by rebel forces and the…

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August 9, 2018

By Nick Waters

Who Attacked the Hodeidah Hospital? Examining Allegations the Saudi Coalition Bombed a Hospital in Yemen

On Thursday, 2nd August several explosions rocked the Houthi-held city of Hodeidah. The locations of these explosions were reported to be the harbour used for fishing boats and within the vicinity of the al-Thawra Hospital. Since the explosion near the hospital happened immediately after the explosion at the harbour, it appeared that casualties and first responders were being deliberately targeted. Scores of people were killed and wounded in the attack.

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August 6, 2018

By Cheryl Rofer

“A Naive Set of Assumptions” – An Expert’s View on Ted Postol Hexamine Theories

In the wake of the August 2013 Ghouta chemical attack, Ted Postol attacked Dan Kaszeta’s argument that hexamine, C6H12N4, was a marker for Sarin made by the Syrian government. Postol is a professor emeritus of Science, Technology, and International Security at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Kaszeta is a consultant with experience in chemical warfare…

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July 13, 2018

By Christiaan Triebert

Schrödinger’s Strike: Who Hit These Buildings in Raqqa, Syria?

The research was initiated by Jeanne Sanya and conducted collaboratively with Christiaan Triebert. The Russian Ministry of Defence accused the American-led Coalition of bombing a block of civilian buildings in Raqqa, Syria. But a year earlier, the Russians said it was them who targeted leader of the Islamic State in those exact same buildings. What’s…

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June 26, 2018

By syriefactuel

Ce à quoi il faudra être attentif dans le prochain rapport de la MEF de l’OIAC sur l’attaque chimique de Douma

AVERTISSEMENT : Deux acronymes récurrents dans cet article ne doivent pas être confondus : la MEF (Mission d’établissement des faits) de l’OIAC et le MEC OIAC-ONU (Mécanisme d’enquête conjoint de l’OIAC et de l’ONU). La MEF de l’OIAC n’identifie pas les responsables des attaques chimiques pour lesquelles elle est déployée. Le MEC OIAC-ONU est un…

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