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Category: Middle East & North Africa

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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September 24, 2019

By Eliot Higgins

The First Images of the Type of Chemical Bomb Used in Syria’s Sarin Attacks

On the morning of April 4, 2017, the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib, Syria, was hit by a chemical bomb filled with the deadly nerve agent Sarin, dropped from a Syrian aircraft. It killed dozens, and injured many more.  Following the attack, the OPCW Fact Finding Mission (FFM) investigated the incident, confirming the suspected…

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September 13, 2019

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Simulations, Craters and Lies: Postol’s Latest Attempt to Undermine the Last Vestiges of his Reputation

In the beginning of August 2019, the Tulsi Gabbard campaign published “Reports on Chemical Attacks in Syria”, expressing Gabbard’s views on the allegations of chemical weapons attacks in Syria — and based mainly on the work of Dr. Theodore Postol, Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology, and National Security Policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology…

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September 2, 2019

By Yemen Project

Yemen Project Release: Attacks Causing Grave Civilian Harm

Today we publish a cluster of 20 incident assessments, Attacks Causing Grave Civilian Harm, as part of our ongoing Yemen Project. These assessments are the product of in-depth open-source analysis focusing on alleged Saudi-UAE airstrikes that have occurred in Yemen since the start of the aerial bombardment campaign on the 25th of March 2015. They…

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August 27, 2019

By Hector Martinez

Hashtaggers For Hezbollah? How Social Media Fundraising Can Skirt The Rules

An ostensibly independent activist group has been boosting Hezbollah messaging and fundraising on social media — this is occurring amid increased scrutiny of Hezbollah’s use of Facebook and other platforms.  An April 19, 2019 New York Times article highlighted how Hezbollah is among U.S.-designated terror groups that “learned how to stay a step ahead of…

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