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Category: Middle East & North Africa

December 27, 2014

By Oryx

Syria’s BM-30 Smerchs, emerging from the shadows

Newly acquired images finally reveal the presence of the infamous BM-30 ‘Smerch’ multiple rocket launcher (MRL) in Syria. While their 300mm 9M55K rockets were documented to have been used in Kfar Zita and al-Tah North of Hama, images of the launchers were yet to be seen. The reason for the long wait has to do…

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December 15, 2014

By Eliot Higgins

Evidence of Jabhat al-Nusra Using TOW Anti-Tank Guided Missiles Captured from Vetted Rebel Groups

At the start of November it was reported that Jabhat al-Nusra had captured TOW anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) from the Syrian opposition groups Harakat Hazm and the Syrian Revolutionary Front. Both were US vetted “moderate” groups who were part of a programme to receive arms and munitions to support their activities in Syria.

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December 4, 2014

By Chris Biggers

Iran’s Moudge Class Assembly at Bander Abbas

Digital Globe imagery shows Iran making progress assembling ship modules brought out to the dry dock in January. According to measurements taken on imagery, Iran appears to be constructing another Moudge class frigate. The incomplete boat was located adjacent to the Sahand, another vessel in the series, which is still in the process of being fitted…

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November 19, 2014

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

The Audio and Visual Fund/Arts Council Norway and The Norwegian Film Institute Issue Statements on “Syrian Hero Boy”

Following the publication of the Open Letter to Lars Klevberg, The Norwegian Film Institute and Arts Council Norway, the Norwegian Film Institute has issued the following statement: The Norwegian Film Institute strongly regret the impact Syrian Hero Boy may have for aid workers and journalists working in conflict areas. The Norwegian Film Institute granted this film in…

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November 18, 2014

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Press Release from Filmmakers Regarding “Syrian Hero Boy”

Tuesday 18th of November Press release This is in response to the attention we have received regarding the fictional YouTube- video ”Syrian hero boy.” Despite our humane and good intentions, we would like to sincerely apologize for releasing this film as real and the outcome since the film’s release. As filmmakers we take the complete responsibility…

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