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March 16, 2017

By Christiaan Triebert

Is the US Using White Phosphorus in Mosul?

A’maq News Agency, a media outlet linked to the so-called Islamic State, has claimed that the United States used white phosphorous munitions in the ongoing Battle for Mosul on March 11, 2017. This claim was reiterated by two local sources, Salah al-Shorbagy and the Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq, saying that white phosphorous was used in Mosul….

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February 21, 2017

By Wim Zwijnenburg

The Mosul Operation: An Interim Open-source Assessment Of Conflict-related Environmental Damage

As the Mosul Operations slowly progress, a myriad of open-source information is emerging from both Ninawa province and other areas where intense fighting took place earlier indicating that the ongoing battle has left a disastrous environmental legacy on Iraq’s landscape. This could pose acute and chronic human health risks to Iraqi communities that are already…

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February 14, 2017

By Hady Al-Khatib

New Visual Evidence about Chlorine Gas Attacks in Eastern Ghouta

On January 31, footage emerged from sources within Syria showing what is claimed to be a chemical weapon attack in the countryside of Damascus. This article will use open source analysis techniques to examine the footage and judge its veracity. Incident 1: Al-Marj, Damascus countryside Date: 30/01/2017 Reported casualties: No Information Injured: 11 (3 of them…

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February 12, 2017

By Christiaan Triebert

The Battle for Al-Bab: Verifying Euphrates Shield Vehicle Losses

The Turkish military operation dubbed ‘Euphrates Shield’ (ES) began on August 24, 2016, aiming to clear an area of 5,000 square kilometres of Syrian territory, and is conducted jointly with Syrian rebel factions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). Within four months, over 2,000 square kilometres were captured from so-called Islamic State (IS) and Kurdish…

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February 10, 2017

By Nick Waters

Death From Above: The Drone Bombs of the Caliphate

(The Conflict Armaments Research (CAR) Group, an NGO working on the ground documenting weapons and ammunition, have confirmed that the plastic tail fins mentioned in this article are in fact moulded. CAR’s findings can be read in this comprehensive paper on multi-purpose IEDs.) Introduction The conflicts in Syria and Iraq have seen a proliferation of drones…

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February 9, 2017

By Christiaan Triebert

Assessing the Claim that the United States Bombed an Aid Headquarters in Syria

Introduction On Feb. 1, 2017, the United States led Coalition was accused by local activists and journalists that it had bombed the headquarters of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) located in the Carlton Hotel in the city of Idlib, Syria. Photos and videos allegedly showing the bombed headquarters quickly emerged online. This open source investigation…

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January 30, 2017

By Chris Biggers

UAE THAAD Site Reaches Milestone

Satellite imagery shows that the UAE Air Force and Air Defence has deployed the AN/TPY-2 radar along with its THAAD battery operating near the coast. The UAE operationally deployed the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system for the first time in 2016, a review of satellite imagery suggests. The U.S.-built system was co-located at…

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