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August 20, 2018

By Narine Khachatryan

Environmental Activists Halt Construction at Armenian Gold Mine

Throughout this summer, dozens of residents of Armenia’s Jermuk community and several other surrounding regions, including the villages of Gndevaz and Kechut, have been blocking all roads leading to the Amulsar mountain, a site targeted for gold mining to be operated by Lydian Armenia. The protesters began camping at the entrances to the mountain in…

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March 31, 2018

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

PLAN Vessels Mobilize in South China Sea: A Timeline

Almost fifty People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) vessels were mobilized in the South China Sea not far from Hainan Island, satellite imagery acquired in late March by Planet Labs confirms. Hainan Island is host to China’s strategic base for military operations in the region. Centered amongst the warships was China’s only in-service aircraft carrier, Liaoning…

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March 23, 2018

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Soar Dragon UAVs Deploy to Yishuntun Airbase

This article was originally published on Offiziere.ch New satellite imagery acquired on 04FEB2018 by DigitalGlobe shows that China has deployed the Guizhou Aviation Industry Group (GAIG) Xianglong (Soar Dragon) high altitude long endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to Yishuntun airbase in Jilin province. The platform, identified by its unique box wing design and ‘V’ shaped vertical…

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February 10, 2018

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

India Conducts Unannounced Air Exercise near Doklam

This article originally appeared on Offiziere.ch Indian Air Force (IAF) rotations of SU-30MKI Flanker continued in 2017/2018 at the Bagdogra Airbase, likely for an unannounced air exercise. Previous commercial imagery acquired in January 2016 also showed a squadron level deployment of the IAF’s advanced fighter. Up to eleven Flanker were observed and nine were still visible by…

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January 8, 2018

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Indian Air Force Su-30MKI Deploy to Hasimara

Due to ongoing tensions with China, the Indian Air Force has deployed a flight of at least four Su-30MKI Flanker multi-role fighter to Hasimara, the nearest Indian airbase to the recent Doklam standoff. Commercial imagery first captured the aircraft in October but it’s possible they may have arrived earlier. Imagery in August 2017 shows that workers covered the alert…

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December 18, 2017

By Narine Khachatryan

Open Source Overview of the November 21-22 Tbilisi “Anti-Terrorist” Operation

On the evening of November 21, the special forces of Georgia’s State Security Service began an “anti-terrorist” operation in Tbilisi’s Isani District that would turn into a nearly day-long armed standoff with a group hauled up in an apartment in a residential building on the district’s Gabriel Salosi Street. During the operation, which started at…

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October 25, 2017

By Narine Khachatryan

Update: Amulsar Gold Mining Project Sees Additional Construction and Protests

This post was originally by Bellingcat for Planet Stories. In August, Bellingcat published an article about Lydian International’s plans to start a large-scale gold mining operation at the Amulsar mountain in Armenia. For the first piece, we chose to focus mainly on satellite imagery and show how Lydian’s construction of its heap leaching facility (HLF) has progressed just…

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October 20, 2017

By Hayk Khachikyan

Azerbaijan’s “Favorit”: In Search of the Caspian Country’s SA-20s

This article also appeared in Razm.info On June 26, 2011, for the first time, Azerbaijan demonstrated its S-300PMU2 Favorit SAM systems in a military parade held in the capital Baku. During the military parade, three 5P85TE2 TELs (Transporter Erector Launcher), two 5T58 missile transporters, and one 30N6E2 Illumination guidance radar were demonstrated. According to the…

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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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