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September 5, 2014

By Aaron Stein

Autonomy in Rojava

What is the current situation in Rojava? Does the border between Iraqi and Syrian Kurdistan exist anymore? How deep are the divisions in Kurdistan? What does the YPG think of their Peshermga cousins? What role do regional powers play in Kurdish politics? And what does this mean for the future of the Middle East?

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September 1, 2014

By Eliot Higgins

Arms Identification – German Missiles in the Hands of the Islamic State

After the captured of Tabqa airbase in Syria by the Islamic State last week a number of photographs were posted online showing the weapons captured at the airbase. These included many weapons seen elsewhere in the conflict, from ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft cannons to Konkurs ATGMs. Today, a new video released by the Islamic State shows more…

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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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