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July 24, 2015

By Chris Biggers

Iran Carrier Mockup Anchored off Bandar Abbas

Prior to signing the historic nuclear deal between the EU3+3 and Iran earlier this month, Iran’s propaganda piece, a mock-up of a U.S. Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, was moved outside the harbor of Bandar Abbas. Satellite imagery acquired by DigitalGlobe in June shows the mockup floating west of the peninsular breakwaters at the Iranian naval base. The mockup…

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July 5, 2015

By Chris Biggers

Iran’s Building a New Flying Boat

The Iran Shipbuilding and Offshore Industries Complex appears to have built a new ekranoplan at the shipyard located near Bostanu, satellite imagery suggests. Imagery acquired by DigitalGlobe from October 2014 shows Iran’s new flying boat. It’s the country’s first new model since publicizing the Bavar-2 back in 2010.[1] The ekranoplan, also known as a ground effect…

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June 29, 2015

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

De nouvelles images satellite confirment que la Russie a retouché des images concernant le crash du MH17

Dans le rapport du Bellingcat du 31 mai 2015, Forensic Analysis of Satellite Images Released by the Russian Ministry of Defense (Analyse Judiciaire des Images Satellites Publiées par le Ministère de la Défense Russe), l’équipe d’investigation du Bellingcat a souligné de multiples différences entre les images satellite présentées par le Ministère de la Défense russe (MoD)…

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June 29, 2015

By Oryx

Fortress T4: An Airbase at War

The Islamic State’s offensive in Central Syria has not only allowed the fighters of the Islamic State to expand their operations into areas previously out of reach, but it now also threatens the regime’s gas supplies, its presence on numerous fronts, its control over the only road leading to the vitally important T4 airbase and…

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May 25, 2015

By Nathan Patin

Ramadi Haze

In my last post, I mentioned that [The Islamic State] reportedly used the cover provided by a dust storm to gain a military advantage during the start of their assault last week; American warplanes were unable to provide air support for the Iraqi forces under attack owing to poor visibility. Well, it turns out that the New York…

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