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October 6, 2015

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Initial Findings of the Crowdsourced Geolocation and Analysis of Russian MoD Airstrike Videos from Syria

Yesterday Bellingcat launched an effort to use the Checkdesk platform to geolocate and collect additional information on videos posted by the Russia Ministry of Defence showing their airstrikes in Syria. This was triggered after the discovery that two videos the Russian Ministry of Defence claimed were filmed in or near ISIS controlled Raqqa were geolocated to…

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October 5, 2015

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Crowdsourced Geolocation and Analysis of Russian MoD Airstrike Videos from Syria

Since the beginning of Russia’s air campaign in Syria the Russian Ministry of Defence has been posting videos of some of its airstrikes on its YouTube channel, and initial geolocation analysis of those videos have shown there’s a number of issues with the details provided by the Russian Ministry of Defence along with those videos….

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September 22, 2015

By Eliot Higgins

Geolocating Russian Military Aircraft in Syria

Over the last week there’s been a great deal of interest in the movement of Russian military equipment and troops to Syria, with images published by AllSource Analysis of al-Assad International Airport showing the arrival of military aircraft supporting Russia’s growing presence. Today a photograph was shared on Twitter showing what claimed to be the aircraft visible in…

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September 20, 2015

By Chris Biggers

Russian SU-30SM in Syria, not SU-27

This post was originally written for Offiziere.ch after several comments questioning the imagery identification were posted on Twitter. Recent satellite imagery acquired by Airbus of al-Assad International airport in Syria shows four SU-30SM aircraft, not four SU-27 Flanker as originally reported by the Institute for the Study of War. The aircraft are easily mistaken for the SU-27…

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September 16, 2015

By Oryx

Sighting of R-166-0.5 signals vehicle affirms inflow of Russian military into Syria

The past few days have seen a steep increase of evidence revealing the true extent of direct military involvement by the Russian military on the ground in Syria. The sighting of recently delivered Russian UAVs and Russian BTR-82A infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) in addition to sound fragments confirming Russian military personnel directly participated in one…

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September 7, 2015

By Ruslan Leviev

Are there Russian troops fighting in Syria?

This post originally appeared on the LiveJournal of Ruslan Leviev in both Russian and English. The following text is a cross-post of the English translation that appeared on Leviev’s personal blog. When Leviev refers to “we” and his “investigation team,” he is referring to his “WarInUkraine” research team that has previously produced posts on such topics…

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August 21, 2015

By Type 63

Hell Cannons: From Minor Nuisance to Major Threat – The Evolution of Syrian Opposition Siege Artillery

When historians discuss defensive capabilities in conventional wars between two major powers, traditionally each power tends to have either domestic arms manufacturing or has secured the services of another nation (or nations) to do most of the heavy lifting for their defense needs. For the Syrian regime, it is a mix of the two, with most…

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May 10, 2015

By Oryx

Battlefront Syria: Kweres airbase

Kweres airbase, also known as Rasm al-Abboud, Quweires and a host of other names, has reportedly been under heavy pressure by the fighters of the Islamic State since early May 2015, which seek to capture the airbase. A social media censorship imposed by the Islamic State have caused its fighters to refrain from posting any…

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April 27, 2015

By Jett Goldsmith

Chemical Crises: A Timeline of CW Attacks in Syria’s Civil War

On April 16, 2015, the United Nations Security Council heard firsthand accounts of doctors who treated the most recent victims of a wave of Assad’s trademark barrel bombings. The Idlib Governorate in northwestern Syria, a region controlled mostly by opposition forces, was bombarded over several weeks in March by dozens of AIEDs dropped from SyAAF…

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