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Category: Middle East & North Africa

September 1, 2014

By Eliot Higgins

Reports of New Improvised Chemical Weapons Used by the Syrian Air Force

Last week, the OHCHR’s independent international commission of inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic published their latest report on the conflict in Syria, with one section detailing the use of chlorine gas as a chemical weapons by Syrian government forces. The report states Reasonable grounds exist to believe that chemical agents, likely chlorine, were used on…

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August 27, 2014

By Magnitsky

Revealed: Around 40 Russian Troops from Pskov Died in the Ukraine, Reinforcement Sent In

The instagram account of a Russian soldier who has recently returned to base from fighting in the Ukraine reveals the rough number of casualties in 76th Airbourne regiment from Pskov and proves Russian activity on Ukrainian territory. There has recently been confirmation that members of the 76th Airbourne (VDV) regiment from Pskov were killed in…

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August 24, 2014

By Oryx

Tabqa Airbase Captured by the Islamic State

After encountering some setbacks earlier on, Tabqa airbase finally fell to fighters of the Islamic State today. With only one Pro-Assadist obstacle remaining in Northern Syria, the Islamic State’s territorial continuity in Northern Syria is closer than ever. Tabqa is now the third airbase to have been captured by the Islamic State and is the…

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August 20, 2014

By Eliot Higgins

Attempts to Blame the Syrian Opposition for the August 21st Sarin Attacks Continue One Year On

Over the last year numerous attempts have been made to place the blame for the August 21st Sarin attacks in Damascus on opposition groups, in an attempt to deflect criticism away from the Syrian government. These attempts have come from various sources, but thanks to open source information it’s been possible to debunk these claims…

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August 15, 2014

By Eliot Higgins

Accusations of Cluster Munition Use by the Islamic State in Kurdish Syria

In an article published yesterday on the Arabic language news website ANHA, claims were made by local Kurdish groups in the town of Ayn al-Arab (also know as Kobanê) that during attacks by the Islamic State cluster munitions had been used. They warned against touching the unexploded submunitions, claiming an 11 year old child had been killed while handling one of…

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