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April 29, 2017

By Cody Roche

Factions Fighting in the Syrian Civil War

Please save or open images in a new tab to see full details. Much has changed in the Syrian Opposition and pro-Assad government militia landscapes since articles I co-wrote were published discussing the groups active on both sides, in August 2016 and November 2016 respectively. Here I shall give an outline of updates for each…

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April 27, 2017

By Chris Biggers

Shahid Nazeri Deploys Near the Strait

Satellite imagery shows Iran’s high speed catamaran, Shahid Nazeri, at Bandar Abbas, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp Navy (IRGCN) First Region naval base. The IRGCN deployed the Shahid Nazeri to an operational naval base and what could be the vessel’s home port, a review of imagery suggests. The vessel has been berthed at the naval…

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April 18, 2017

By Christiaan Triebert

The Al-Jinah Mosque Complex Bombing — New Information and Timeline

Bellingcat exchanged information with Forensic Architecture and Human Rights Watch. Both of which carried out separate investigations into the attack. All multimedia information has been archived by the Syrian Archive. On March 16, 2017, around 18:55 local time, a United States (US) airstrike targeted the Sayidina Omar ibn al-Khattab mosque, where reportedly almost 300 people…

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April 10, 2017

By Christiaan Triebert

The Khan Sheikhoun Chemical Attack — Who Bombed What and When?

Last week, we published a survey of open source evidence concerning the alleged chemical attack at Khan Sheikhoun in Syria’s Idlib province. This article builds upon the information presented in that article by comparing the claims made by a variety of actors and sources, including the Pentagon, the Syrian Foreign Ministry, and aircraft spotters on the…

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April 5, 2017

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

The Khan Sheikhoun Chemical Attack, The Evidence So Far

On Tuesday April 4th 2017, videos and images emerged from sources within Syria showing what is claimed to be a chemical weapon attack that targeted Al Sheikhun south of Idlib. Introduction Initial reports of the attack appeared on social media on the morning of Tuesday April 4th 2017. It was claimed that airstrikes in Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib,…

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March 29, 2017

By Syrian Archive

Eyes on Aleppo: Visual Evidence Analysis of Human Rights Violations Committed in Aleppo [July – Dec 2016]

On 28 March 2017 the Syrian Archive published a new report, Eyes on Aleppo: Visual evidence analysis of human rights violations committed in Aleppo [July – Dec 2016]. The report describes and investigates a new visual evidence dataset of 1748 videos of human rights violations in Aleppo city and the surrounding suburbs during the period…

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