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August 23, 2014

By Eliot Higgins

The Hills of Raqqa – Geolocating the James Foley Video

Earlier this week the Guardian reported on claims made by hostages held by the Islamic State, identifying the speaker in the James Foley video as being an Islamic State member based in Raqqa, an Islamic State stronghold in north-central Syria. Based on that claim, and information in the James Foley video it’s possible to narrow down the location…

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August 15, 2014

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

How to Locate a “Secret” Pro-Russian Training Camp

Sometimes when geolocating events we can’t rely solely on imagery from sites like Google Earth and Yandex Maps, but instead, we have to utilize several tools and combine multiple sources to come up with an accurate location and complete assessment. In late May, BBC published a YouTube Video titled “Secret training base for Ukraine’s militias”. …

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July 15, 2014

By Eliot Higgins

Volcanoes in Damascus

In the aftermath of the August 21st Sarin attack in Damascus, videos and photographs of the remains of an unusual type of munition were posted online from various impact locations in Eastern Ghouta.  These munitions were largely unknown at the time, but since August 21st an ever increasing amount of information have been gathered about…

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