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February 9, 2018

By Christiaan Triebert

What Werfalli Did — Haftar’s Commander Continues Executions in Defiance of ICC Arrest Warrant

This article contains violent and disturbing images. Viewer discretion advised. While Mahmoud Werfalli is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the war crime of murder, the commander of the Saiqa Brigade has continued conducting executions in Libya. Bellingcat has extensively discussed and analysed the Werfalli arrest warrant, as it is solely based on evidence…

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February 9, 2018

By Eliot Higgins

Newsweek Engages in Easily Debunkable Syria Chemical Weapon Trutherism with the Help of Ian Wilkie

Following a series of fresh allegations of chemical weapon use in Syria, Newsweek published an article on February 8th, “Now Mattis admits there was no evidence Assad used poison gas on his people” by Ian Wilkie, described as “an international lawyer, U.S. Army veteran and former intelligence community contractor“. The central argument of the article…

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February 5, 2018

By Eliot Higgins

More Details of the January 22nd 2018 Chlorine Attack in Douma, Damascus

The following report was created in partnership with Syrians for Truth and Justice (STJ). The Arabic version of this report can be found here. Preface Syrian regular forces continued their military escalation in several towns and cities in the besieged Eastern Ghouta, as they launched the most violent military attacks on those areas using several types…

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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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