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August 19, 2014

By Aaron Stein

The PKK’s Refugee Camp in Turkey

After the uptick in fighting in Iraqi Kurdistan, thousands of Ezidis have fled their homes after the Islamic State overran the Peshmerga in numerous villages on the far western border of Kurdistan. What is Turkey’s policy towards these new refugees? Why is the PKK running a refugee camp in Turkey? What are the conditions like on Turkey’s borders with Iraq and Syria in the predominantly Kurdish southeast? How do those conditions differ from other border areas in Turkey? How do local people view the PYD’s YPG, as compared to the Peshmerga? And what does all of this mean for the current AKP led peace talks with the PKK?

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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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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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