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Category: Middle East & North Africa

March 27, 2018

By Jakub Janovský

Seven Years of War — Documenting Syrian Arab Army’s Armoured Vehicles Losses

Over the course of seven years of war, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has engaged in armed conflict against various opposition forces composed of domestic rebels and foreign volunteers, often equipped with light weapons. Given the sheer amount of open source information available related to these events, it is possible to track the military vehicle…

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March 15, 2018

By Syrian Archive

Syrian Forces Bombard Eastern Ghouta with Chemical Weapons for the Fourth Consecutive Time since the Beginning of 2018

Despite the repeated warnings by the international community for the Syrian government not to use chemical weapons during the war in Syria, the latter re-attacked al-Shefonia town with chemical weapons on February 25, 2018, which is the fourth consecutive chemical attack since the beginning of 2018 on the besieged Eastern Ghouta – Damascus countryside.

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March 13, 2018

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Iran Relocates Radar and Expands UAV Airfield on Qeshm

This article was originally published on Offiziere.ch Iran continues to upgrade the UAV airfield on the island of Qeshm which sits near the Strait of Hormuz, an important maritime choke-point. Satellite imagery acquired in late 2017 and early 2018 by Planet shows workers widening and lengthening the airfield’s runway. The clearing and leveling activity suggests Iran will…

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February 19, 2018

By Syrian Archive

Six Months On – Medical Facilities Still Under Fire

Introduction In July 2017, the Syrian Archive, in partnership with Syrians for Truth and Justice, Justice for Life, Bellingcat and a flight observation organisation, published a report titled Medical Facilities Under Fire: Systemic Attacks during April 2017 on Idlib Hospitals. Detailed reports of eight hospitals or medical facilities targeted within one month in one province…

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February 13, 2018

By Wim Zwijnenburg

Sentinels, Saeqehs and Simorghs: An Open Source Survey of Iran’s New Drone in Syria

The complexity of the Syrian conflict reached a new point with renewed attacks on Syrian and alleged Iranian military targets in Syria, the shooting down of an Israeli F-16 by the Syrian Arab Army, and the downing of Iranian drone crossing into Israeli airspace. The latter showed a particularly interesting new detail regarding Iran’s military…

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February 9, 2018

By Christiaan Triebert

What Werfalli Did — Haftar’s Commander Continues Executions in Defiance of ICC Arrest Warrant

This article contains violent and disturbing images. Viewer discretion advised. While Mahmoud Werfalli is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the war crime of murder, the commander of the Saiqa Brigade has continued conducting executions in Libya. Bellingcat has extensively discussed and analysed the Werfalli arrest warrant, as it is solely based on evidence…

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February 9, 2018

By Eliot Higgins

Newsweek Engages in Easily Debunkable Syria Chemical Weapon Trutherism with the Help of Ian Wilkie

Following a series of fresh allegations of chemical weapon use in Syria, Newsweek published an article on February 8th, “Now Mattis admits there was no evidence Assad used poison gas on his people” by Ian Wilkie, described as “an international lawyer, U.S. Army veteran and former intelligence community contractor“. The central argument of the article…

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