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February 1, 2018

By Eliot Higgins

For the Third Time This Year, Chlorine is Used as a Chemical Weapon in Douma, Damascus

As international concerns grow about Syria’s use of chemical weapons, new evidence of the Syrian military’s chemical weapon use continues to emerge from Syria. On the morning of February 1 2018, local activists reported the use of chemical rockets filled with chlorine against opposition held territory in the west of Douma, Damascus: Urgent || the…

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January 21, 2018

By Syrian Archive

Chemical Strikes on Al-Lataminah

On 18 January 2018, the Berkeley Human Rights Investigation Lab (HRC Lab), partner to the Syrian Archive, published findings of an open-source investigation regarding two attacks on al-Lataminah in March 2017 involving the use of chemical weapons. After collecting, analysing and verifying videos and photos uploaded onto YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, the report strongly suggests…

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January 12, 2018

By Nick Waters

The Poor Man’s Air Force? Rebel Drones Attack Russia’s Airbase in Syria

On the night of the 6 January 2018, the Russian airbase at Khmeimim was reportedly attacked. Videos and rumours from the airbase claimed that this attack may have included drones, although there were also reports the base coming under attack by rockets. These reports were interesting for two reasons. Firstly, the frontline was approximately 35 kilometres…

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January 6, 2018

By Christiaan Triebert

Verified and False Footage of the Iran Protests

The Islamic Republic of Iran is witnessing the largest anti-government demonstrations since the 2009 presidential elections protests. Via social media, it is possible to get a sense what’s going on, for example by searching on Twitter for the most ubiquitous hashtags in English and Farsi: #IranProtests and #اعتراض_سراسری. Social media footage is a way to get…

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December 22, 2017

By Syrian Archive

Bombing Civilians at Public Market in Syria’s Atarib

This article was collaboratively written by the Syrian Archive Team and Bellingcat Investigation Team Location: Atarib (Aleppo governorate, Syria) Claimed targets: Public market and police building Date: 13 November 2017 First airstrike: ~14:07 local time (UTC/GMT plus 2) Second airstrike: ~14:12 local time (UTC/GMT plus 2) Attacks: 3 alleged airstrikes, 6 thermometric bombs Reported killed: 69 killed…

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November 14, 2017

By Eliot Higgins

The Russian Ministry of Defence Publishes Screenshots of Computer Games as Evidence of US Collusion with ISIS

On the morning of November 14th 2017 the Russian Ministry of Defence published multiple posts in Russian, Arabic, and English on their Twitter and Facebook accounts, claiming to show “irrefutable evidence” of collusion between the US and ISIS combat units: Unfortunately for the Russian MoD, eagle-eyed Twitter users immediately spotted some problems with the images….

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November 13, 2017

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Did Russia Accidentally Provide the Best Evidence of the Syrian Government’s Involvement in Sarin Attacks?

Russia’s latest attempts to challenge accusations of Syrian government responsibility for the April 4th 2017 Sarin attack on Khan Sheikhoun may have inadvertently produced the best evidence yet that the Syrian government is responsible for not only the Khan Sheikhoun attack, but the earlier March 30th 2017 Sarin attack on Al-Lataminah. During a lengthy press…

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November 11, 2017

By Eliot Higgins

How the Latest OPCW Reports Provide More Connections Between the Syrian Government and August 21st 2013 Damascus Sarin Attacks

A careful reading of the latest OPCW reports on the Al-Lataminah and Khan Sheikhoun Sarin attacks reveals not only more details about those two incidents, but the earlier August 21st 2013 Damascus Sarin attacks, increasing the certainty that the Syrian government was responsible for those attacks, despite claims by some that rebel forces were responsible…

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