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Confirmed : Russian Bomb Remains Recovered from Syrian Red Crescent Aid Convoy Attack

September 22, 2016

By Eliot Higgins

Translations: Русский

Yesterday, Bellingcat published its report on the bombing of the Syrian Red Crescent aid convoy on September 19th. The report examined various aspects of the attack using open source information, including the comparison of what appeared to be the tail section of a OFAB 250-270 bomb that appeared in images from the attack, first published by CIT:

Conflict Intelligence Team comparison of debris found in crater shown in Fig 13 and an OFAB 250-270. Source

Conflict Intelligence Team comparison of debris found in crater and an OFAB 250-270. Source

Since the post was published the Bellingcat team has been in touch with the Syrian Civil Defence unit closest to the attacked site, who recovered and photographed two pieces of debris, including the object featured above.

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In addition, an image showing the location of the debris was published, showing the likely entry point of the munition:

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Based on this it is possible to make an accurate identification of the munition debris recovered as coming from the tail section of a OFAB 250-270 high explosive fragmentation bomb:

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OFAB 250-270s are unguided bombs previously documented as being used by both the Syrian and Russian air forces extensively in their bombing campaigns in Syria. These bombs, originating from the weapons factories of the USSR and Russian Federation, are not used by aircraft manufactured by NATO countries, nor are they used by Predator drones.

The identity of the bomb is clear from the above comparison, the only question that remains is whether it was Russian or Syrian aircraft that dropped it on the Syrian Red Crescent aid convoy.

Eliot Higgins

Eliot Higgins is the founder of Bellingcat and the Brown Moses Blog. Eliot focuses on the weapons used in the conflict in Syria, and open source investigation tools and techniques.

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370 Comments

    • Yuri

      No need to be a military expert to expose the Putler regime lies. The Kremlin morons manage to continuously contradict themselves. Sorry, of course not everyone in Kremlin is a moron. Probably.

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    • Carter

      The OFAB 250-270 fragmentation bomb contains 92kg of high explosives.

      Such a bomb plainly did not explode in that room.

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        • Bobby Briggs

          So only part of the bomb exploded? They make compartmental bombs now that only partially explode?

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          • Yuri

            No, all the bombs are 100% effective, and explode 100% of the time. The bomb manufacturers don’t have defects. This stuff is 100% guaranteed.

  1. Bruno

    Theres even now videos of rebels smiling pretending to be injured on video give it up.

    What a staged war.

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    • Encyclopath

      Oh, I’m such a fool! You got me.
      Hey everyone: Syria’s actually fine, they were totally j/k.
      Best prank ever.

      Bruno, can you be a good chap and let those quarter of a million+ people who tricked us into thinking there were brutally killed that they can come out now.

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  2. Mark

    Think whether it is the western media that is free or Russian media that is free. Western media are only too quick to identify scandals in their home governments. If you watch Russian today you will realise there is no news about Russia. Weird uh! The channel is called Russia today but it reports on no corruption and lies in the Russia government. Unless there is absolutely no corruption and lies emanating from Russia. Impossible. Putin himself is corript. How many scandals has rt reported in Russia. None. By definition they must be lying. Who would you trust? State run media or countless western media outlets free to say what they like. When I watch rt it does make me laugh though so from an entertainment perspective, not bad.

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    • Yuri

      No no !The Russian media just loves Putler because he is the best thing since sliced bread, you know. He is not not corrupt – lives modestly in Gelendzhik, and invests in violins and such. Can be trusted unconditonally because was in KGB. Those guys are famous for being trustworthy.

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    • Rebel

      In fact, Russia Today that you hear in English language is called “International” and mostly talk about international news. I also don’t blame them to try to contrast Western propaganda against Russia. Have you ever watched France 24? They don’t talk about France either unless is something to be discussed about, such as elections, terroristic attacks, etc. No politics, who cares about it abroad?! RT website has a section for Russia internal politics and news, check there if you want to hear something about it.

      The world is different when you look at both sides with open mind. Think about

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      • Yuri

        I already said that RT should be trusted unconditionally. Because Putler is the best thing ever. They are the only ones with a balanced view – everything else is propaganda. Why do you keep confusing the issue and talking about some “sides”. There is only one side that is right and that is Putler’s side.

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  3. Mad Dog

    Exactly, just try to find some dissenting views on anything. Everyone is just so patriotic and Russia would never do such dastardly things. Why, cause there is nothing in Russian history so prove that it is possible. Of course, we do have the MoD recanting their earlier tales about MH17, Russian TV showing the done continuing to monitor the convoy after about 1:30 am despite Russia officially saying that didn’t happen, Russia saying no planes in the area despite massive activity out of their base on the coast and no activity anywhere else. But hell, this is all just staged, just ask Bruno, our resident military expert (with an antiquated view of military weapons)….LOL.

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  4. Mad Dog

    For your perusal, here is a site with a bit of info on the OFAB series of bombs. As can be plainly seen from some of the videos, there are cases similar to that above where a large part of the bomb remains. seemingly pointing to it being a dud. In this case, it really looks like the bomb crashed through the roof and just shoved everything around. High quality russian munitions…LOL.

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    • Arya Stark

      and it came through a hole in the roof that was there before the convoy was attacked. what luck.

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    • stranger

      It is clear from the pictures that it is only the tale-fin of the bomb, and not the whole ‘dud’. Though Russia has managed to create the highest precision bombs which may fly through the existing hole in the roof. Arh

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      • Yuri

        I hope this assessment is not based on something Russian MoD said. Because it’s been proven that they are liars. Agreed?

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  5. Radek Černý

    The room wasn’t hit by 250 kg bomb. That’s the fact. The piece of device was therefore arranged. The conclusion is a complete nonsense. It seems that the stuff was stolen.

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    • Yuri

      > The room wasn’t hit by 250 kg bomb. That’s the fact.

      Wrong reasoning. Assumes that a Russian made bomb completely explodes 100% of the time.

      Reply
  6. Radek Černý

    I have been watching the convoy issue very closely. The info that Russians did not follow the convoy doesn’t come from Russians – it is wrong quote by all western media, even the Reuters!!! Russians (TASS) comented that they followed the convoy by drones till it reached the city. Even UN changed their initial statement from the “air strike” to “strike” as it is pretty obvious that it wasn’t an airstrike. Reuters silently changed their statement afterwards. Only USA – the first who blamed Russia without any evidence – continue to claim it was Russia or Syria. This is just hilarious attemt to cover their PR fail.

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  7. John Zenwirt

    stranger & his best friend “stark” are a deliberate USSR Troll-Team.

    And!..stranger is now an explosives expert. Where and who trained you in the use of explosives, please…?

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    • Arya Stark

      you dont seem to be taking on board that the hole in the roof was provably there before the convoy attack.

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      • Encyclopath

        Even if you were right, that just means the building had already been bombed before.
        In fact, given the Russian cost saving measures of indiscriminate area bombing, it would be really suspicious if it hadn’t been. If everything you said is perfectly accurate, the maximum conclusion that one can drawn is that bomb fragment was already there the night Russia and/or Syrian willfully commited this atrocity. Fine, we can agree on that, then.

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        • stranger

          Something did bomb the convoy this time even if it was a mortar fire for example. That something might have made a hole in the roof, this time or before. That doesn’t necessarily mean this tail fin and the hole are related. The tail fin is the only evidence against Russia.
          The convoy is damaged at a large area. One OFAB bomb like that was never able to create all this damage, even if it was programmed to detonate above the ground. Why nobody tries to match the visible damage and its geometry and distribution to the presumable type of the weapon? There should be thouthands of shrapnel pieces and other bomb remnants. Why are we presented with only one picture of the fin of a questionable origin? Why did the rebels provide only this one? Rhetorical questions. That’s why an investigation is needed, not just a picture. While the corresponding media already refer to that as ‘Bellingcat has proved Russia bombed the convoy’.

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        • Arya Stark

          And of course the bomb fragment and hole in the roof is the only ‘proof’ russia or syria attacked the convoy at all.

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          • Yuri

            So far. This could develop the same way as MH17 where Russian MoD will need to produce several mutually contradictory statements in future.

  8. Shahna

    So…. that great big missile landed in that teeny room, blew up – and didn’t even break or burn the cardboard boxes?

    This Bellingcat pickled his brains in a jar?

    Reply
    • Arya Stark

      The New York Times and Guardian haven’t run with this Bellingcat research this time.

      Too ridiculous even for them.

      Reply
      • Yuri

        The story of Russian government lying is just becoming old. All the readers of NYT already know what’s going on.

        Reply
    • Yuri

      Yes, the Russian “missiles” are famous for always blowing up. Deming quality and such. Soviets and Russians are famous for it.

      Reply

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