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October 4, 2017

By Masis Ingilizian

Azerbaijan’s Militarization and the Status of Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic

The peace process between Armenia and Azerbaijan was severely weakened due to the April 2016 four-day war, with further complications due to Azerbaijan asserting its military prowess through a build-up in its exclave of Nakhichevan. This military build-up in Nakhichevan has led to Armenia becoming a more hesitant partner in the OSCE mediation efforts. Additionally,…

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October 3, 2017

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

How a Werfalli Execution Site Was Geolocated

This article was collaboratively researched and written by the Bellingcat Investigation Team. Introduction In August 2017, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued its first ever arrest warrant solely based on social media evidence. The arrest warrant accuses Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli (hereafter referred to as ‘Werfalli’), an alleged commander of the Al-Saiqa Brigade of the…

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October 3, 2017

By Narine Khachatryan

Planet Satellite Imagery Shows Bridge Built by Russians Across Euphrates

This post was originally by Bellingcat for Planet Stories. In late September, Russian media outlets reported that the Russian military built a bridge across the Euphrates River near the city of Deir ez-Zor in Syria. Specifically, RT reported on September 26 that Russian military personnel had managed to build the bridge in fewer than 48 hours, despite constant…

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September 29, 2017

By Syrian Archive

Three Idlib Medical Facilities Attacked on 19 September 2017

On 19 September 2017, just four days after the Astana International meeting establishing Syria’s De-Escalation Zones in many parts of the country, and only days after the United Nations’ Commission of Inquiry presented findings of a fact-finding mission confirming the illegal use of chemical weapons and the systemic targeting of medical facilities by the Syrian…

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September 20, 2017

By Aric Toler

Florida Trump Flash Mobs Organized by the Russian “Troll Factory”

On September 20, the Daily Beast published a report alleging that a series of flash mobs in support of Donald Trump were orchestrated by the so-called Russian “troll factory.” This same Russian operation has organized a number of projects over the years, from hordes of commenters leaving pro-Kremlin messages on news articles and blogs, to operating a…

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September 11, 2017

By Gregory Waters

The Battle for Manshiyah: A Victory in 100 Pictures

The following timeline details the day-to-day events of the three-month rebel offensive to capture the al-Manshiyah neighborhood of the southern Syrian city of Dara’a. Documenting this battle relied almost exclusively on the recently removed opposition group al-Bunyan al-Marsous’ Telegram channel. With the exception of the geo-location maps, all pictures and statements shown below were originally…

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September 6, 2017

By Eliot Higgins

A History of Sarin Use in the Syrian Conflict

Through the course of the Syrian conflict, there have been multiple allegations related to the use of Sarin as a chemical weapon. While the April 4, 2017 Khan Sheikhoun and August 21, 2013 Damascus attacks are what most people are familiar with, Sarin has been used as a chemical weapon in Syria on multiple occasions, often…

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September 4, 2017

By Christiaan Triebert

Geolocating Libya’s Social Media Executioner

Warning: this article contains graphic material. Update: Incident One, Four and Five have been geolocated. In Short: The International Criminal Court issued its first ever arrest warrant solely based on social media evidence; This warrant is a significant development and aligns the Court with the realities of today’s conflict zones; All seven videos on which…

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September 2, 2017

By Nick Waters

The Bombs of Caracas

During the month of July, as unrest raged around Venezuela during a constitutional crises, there were two instances of what appeared to be IEDs being used against the Venezuelan security services. Both IEDs seem to have been effective devices and were deployed in Caracas targeting the Venezuelan National Guard (GNB) and Bolivarian National Police (PNB)…

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