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February 12, 2015

By Veli-Pekka Kivimäki

Ukraine Conflict Vehicle Tracking Project: First Week

On February 3rd, Bellingcat launched the Ukraine conflict vehicle tracking project, a collaborative effort where we collect reports on movement of military equipment in and near Ukraine to determine if Russian units have crossed the border. We opened a channel through Checkdesk through which anyone watching the conflict can submit reports of interesting vehicle sightings. These reports are…

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February 3, 2015

By Veli-Pekka Kivimäki

Bellingcat Launches the Ukraine Conflict Vehicle Tracking Project

Over the past few months, the Bellingcat team has been working on something slightly different from our previously published work. Now, we’re pleased to launch a crowdsourced effort to track the movements of military vehicles both inside and in the vicinity of Ukraine, primarily to determine if equipment has been transferred across the border from…

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January 20, 2015

By Bellingcat

A Call to Arms: Open Source Intelligence and Evidence Based Policymaking

Originally posted on King’s College London’s Policy Institute blog Policy Wonkers. By Mick Endsor, Research Assistant and Dr Bill Peace, Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Security Analysis. Policymakers have access to a wealth of open source information that has yet to be incorporated into the policymaking process. As Eliot Higgins argued in a previous…

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January 20, 2015

By Eliot Higgins

Social Media and Conflict Zones: The New Evidence Base For Policymaking

Originally posted on King’s College London’s Policy Institute blog Policy Wonkers. In recent years, content shared via social media from conflict war zones has allowed us to gain a far deeper understanding of the on-the-ground realities of specific conflicts than previously possible. This presents a real opportunity for providing robust evidence which can underpin foreign and security…

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January 12, 2015

By Eliot Higgins

Fact Checking the Russian Ministry of Defence’s July 21st MH17 Press Briefing with Checkdesk

During Bellingcat’s investigations into the downing of MH17 it’s become clear that a number of statements made in the Russian Ministry of Defence’s July 21st Press Briefing on the downing of MH17 were simply untrue. They made claims about the flight path of MH17 and it’s diversion to another heading that were shown to be…

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January 1, 2015

By Eliot Higgins

Updated Google Earth Imagery from August 24th 2013 Reveals More Details About The August 21st Sarin Attack

Since the Sarin attacks in Damascus on August 21st 2013 I’ve spent a lot of time examining various aspects of the attack, from the munitions used to various claims and counter-claims about who was responsible for the attack. One point of debate has been the range of the Volcano rockets used to deliver Sarin in the…

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October 14, 2014

By Dan Kaszeta

Is it Mustard or Not? Guidelines for Assessing Claimed Use of the Mustard Family of Blister Agents

There have been a number of alleged incidents claiming to involve “Mustard Gas” (i.e. Sulfur Mustard or one of its variants) in the last year. Some are more credible than others, but it seems that allegations of Mustard usage are becoming more commonplace. Some examples of claimed use include the following: Venezuela: In February 2014,…

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August 12, 2014

By Dan Kaszeta

CBRN Warfare and the Collection of Useful Evidence

Allegations of the use of chemical, biological, or radiological weapons or materials are occasionally made during conflicts.  Establishing actual facts on the ground after an alleged incident is particularly difficult due to the physical properties of such devices and weapons.  Collecting evidence in such circumstances is simultaneously very important, potentially hazardous  and very difficult. Establishing…

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