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February 9, 2017

By Christiaan Triebert

Assessing the Claim that the United States Bombed an Aid Headquarters in Syria

Introduction On Feb. 1, 2017, the United States led Coalition was accused by local activists and journalists that it had bombed the headquarters of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) located in the Carlton Hotel in the city of Idlib, Syria. Photos and videos allegedly showing the bombed headquarters quickly emerged online. This open source investigation…

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December 14, 2016

By Wim Zwijnenburg

A Recent Decrease of Oil Production in Syria? Overview of Open Source Monitoring of Makeshift Oil Sites in Deir Ez-Zor

Monitoring activities at makeshift oil sites in Syria’s Deir Ez-Zor Governorate through satellite imagery suggests there has been a sharp decrease in production activity in the last half of 2016. There could be various reasons for the drop in oil refining, which could have implications for any future strategy of the Islamic State to gain …

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December 8, 2016

By Jett Goldsmith

How Relevant to Syria is Syria’s Regime?

On October 31, 2016, the Turkish daily newspaper Yeni Şafak reported that Turkey and Russia signed a “landmark agreement” in northern Syria, ostensibly partitioning portions of the provinces of Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, Raqqa, Al-Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor to a Turkish-backed assembly of “local elements” and FSA-aligned brigades. This report is unconfirmed by independent sources –…

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November 29, 2016

By christophkoettl

Dissecting a US Airstrike in Syria

Amid the grey dust and twisted metal, the young girl discovered beneath the rubble of a destroyed building in Kafr Deryan, a small town 40km west of Aleppo, is barely visible. If you look closely enough, for a split second you can see her ponytail and hair tie before they disappear beneath the debris once more.

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November 9, 2016

By Eliot Higgins

Fact-Checking Russia’s Claim that It Didn’t Bomb Another Hospital in Syria

In late September and early October 2016 reports of Russian and Syrian airstrikes hitting Al-Sakhour hospital, also known at the M10 hospital, in eastern Aleppo [map link] began appearing online. This included reports from local news agencies posted on social media, reports from the Syrian American Medical Society, and videos showing what was claimed to…

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October 29, 2016

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

The Syrian Red Crescent Aid Convoy Attack in Syria – two letters and a half answer

On October 5, 2016, RIA Novosti published an article which claimed to be based on an unpublished report written by a “group of independent military experts attached to the International Syria Support Group (ISSG): The report stated that “Urm al-Kubra is located in the region controlled by al-Nusra”, in an area with a high concentration…

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September 22, 2016

By Eliot Higgins

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

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…

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