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July 2, 2017

By Christiaan Triebert

Is this the Site of a Future Turkish Base in Syria?

On June 28, 2017, two Turkish media outlets published footage of a location within Syrian territory where the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK, from Turkish Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri) “allegedly will build a base” if it “enters” the Idlib governorate. Firstly, A Haber broadcasted a short reportage with “impressions” from Idlib. A Haber is a nationwide Turkish…

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June 25, 2017

By Eliot Higgins

Erneuter Betrug? – Seymour Hersh, die Welt und der Chemiewaffenangriff auf Chan Scheichun

Hinweis: Es handelt sich um eine Übersetzung, bei Unklarheiten ist der englische Originaltext heranzuziehen. Da der deutschsprachige Artikel der Welt am Sonntag nicht frei zugänglich ist, beziehen sich im Folgenden alle Verweise und Aussagen auf die frei zugängliche englische Version des Textes von Seymour Hersh. Zitate werden in deutscher Übersetzung frei wiedergegeben, für die Originaltexte…

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June 25, 2017

By Eliot Higgins

Will Get Fooled Again – Seymour Hersh, Welt, and the Khan Sheikhoun Chemical Attack

On June 25th 2017 the German newspaper, Welt, published the latest piece by Seymour Hersh, countering the “mainstream” narrative around the April 4th 2017 Khan Sheikhoun chemical attack in Syria. The attack, where Sarin was allegedly used against the local population, dropped in a bomb by the Syrian Air Force, resulted in President Trump taking the decision…

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June 20, 2017

By Rao Komar

The al-Tanf Bombing: How Russia Assisted ISIS by Attacking an US Backed FSA Group with Cluster Bombs

Russia’s intervention in the Syrian Civil War has been controversial to say the least. For instance, Russia has denied bombing hospitals and clinics in rebel held parts of Syria and then blamed the US for the bombings despite evidence to the contrary. Adding to the list of controversies involving the Russian intervention in Syria, in this…

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June 12, 2017

By Collin Anderson

Bahamut, Pursuing a Cyber Espionage Actor in the Middle East

This post was co-authored with Claudio Guarnieri,  a security researcher specialized in investigating computer attacks and tracking state-sponsored hacking campaigns. He contributed to this report independently from any affiliation.   Introduction Beginning in December 2016, unconnected Middle Eastern human rights activists began to receive spearphishing messages in English and Persian that were not related to any…

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May 11, 2017

By Pieter Van Ostaeyen

Belgian Fighters in Syria and Iraq – A Closer Look at the Converts

Since the latest update in December of last year, 28 individuals were added to our database of Belgian fighters in the current Syrian-Iraqi conflict. That brings our estimate to 591 people, including relatives who did not leave to fight themselves. 40 of these Belgian foreign fighters are converts to Islam, with a remarkably high share of autochthonous women.

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May 5, 2017

By Christiaan Triebert

Crowdsourced Geolocation and Analysis of Coalition Airstrike Videos from Syria and Iraq

A version of this article was also published on Airwars. The international Coalition fighting the so-called Islamic State (IS) has published dozens of videos purportedly showing airstrikes against targets of the group in Syria and Iraq through the video-sharing social medium YouTube. Bellingcat has crowdsourced the geolocation of these videos, and this article serves as an…

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