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Category: Middle East & North Africa

July 15, 2014

By Eliot Higgins

Identifying Government Positions During The August 21st Sarin Attacks

In the months preceding the August 21st Sarin attack the Syrian military began Operation Al-Qaboun in a region between Jobar and Qaboun, close to the areas attacked in Eastern Ghouta on August 21st. This region has been contested for several months, with government forces controlling bases and checkpoints in the area, but with the opposition controlling much of the area, and Qaboun and Jobar to the north and south.

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July 13, 2014

By Eliot Higgins

A “Poor Man’s” Volcano?

Among the weapons used in the Syrian conflict the Syrian military’s “Volcano” rocket has become one of the most notorious. Linked to chemical attacks, including the August 21st attacks in Damascus, and also coming in devastatingly powerful explosive variants, the Volcano rocket has become an increasingly visible weapon in the Syrian conflict.

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