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February 16, 2016

By Cameron Colquhoun

Tip of the Spear? Meet ISIS’ Special Operations Unit, Katibat al-Battar

On a mild November night last year, nine EU citizens roamed the streets of Paris with guns and explosives, murdering and injuring hundreds of civilians. In the days and weeks afterward, France declared emergency laws, Britain voted to expand the bombing of ISIS in Syria and ISIS supporters launched their own social media response on Twitter with #PrayforRaqqah.

But many of the most important questions around Paris remain unanswered. Where did these men come from? Were they part of a group? Who instructed them to commit these acts?

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February 11, 2016

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

How the Russian MoD Invented a US Bombing of Aleppo

This post originally appeared in Russian in the blog “Noodle Remover”. The following is an abridged translation of that post. On February 11, during a Russian Ministry of Defense briefing, Major General Igor Konashenkov claimed the following (I highlighted the parts which are of most interest): Therefore, it is not a tendency. Starting harping on the…

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February 3, 2016

By Eliot Higgins

“That’s Not a Cluster Bomb” – The Differences Between OFAB 250-270s and RBK-500s

In December 2015 Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International both published reports that included claims that Russia had used cluster munitions in its air campaign in Syria. The Russian Defence Ministry responded to those accusations by denying Russia had them at their airbase in Syria: Concerning the suppositions on cluster bombs. Russian aviation does not…

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January 11, 2016

By Eliot Higgins

Misattribution, Verification, ISIS, and Madaya

One frequent issue encountered by anyone working with user generated content is the misattribution of videos and photographs, something that can occur for a number of reasons. With the conflicts in Syria and Iraq many shocking videos and photographs are shared online on a variety of platforms, and it’s very important to anyone interested in…

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December 17, 2015

By Wim Zwijnenburg

Online Identification of Conflict Related Environmental Damage

With the conflict in Syria soon to enter its fifth year, large parts of the country have been laid to waste by intense fighting, bombardment and shelling. Understandably, most of the focus has been on the fighting and the direct victims of armed violence, with rather less on other impacts and their consequences, particularly the environmental damage and pollution caused by the conflict.

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December 10, 2015

By Jett Goldsmith

Fraud, Russian Interests Overshadow France’s National Front

France’s far-right National Front calls for French unity and strength. But the party’s history reveals a much deeper web of foreign interests and fraud, which threaten to compromise its entire doctrine. By Jett Goldsmith Marine Le Pen’s French far-right party, the National Front, has experienced its most successful period in party history. Regional elections placed…

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December 2, 2015

By Justin Seitz

Automatically Reverse Image Search YouTube Videos

This post originally appeared on the AutomatingOSINT.com blog. Eliot Higgins had an excellent post where he shows how to grab preview images from YouTube videos and use them for verification, or potentially to find additional sites where that video might be shown or linked to. This technique is called reverse image searching which I have covered…

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December 1, 2015

By Christiaan Triebert

What OSINT Tells Us About the Bakery Bombing

Videos of airstrikes targeting an alleged bakery in Syria’s Idlib Governorate sparked heavy debates on social media. The Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (İHH) said it manages the bakery with funding from the Qatar Charity. This article examines what we can and cannot know so far about the airstrikes, using open source intelligence (OSINT). It establishes several certainties, but…

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