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Posts Tagged: Iraq

November 12, 2019

By Nick Waters

Iraqi Protesters Are Being Killed By “Less Lethal” Tear-Gas Rounds

العربية This report contains extremely graphic imagery, including injuries and fatalities. Multiple protesters in Iraq have been killed after being struck by 40mm “less lethal” rounds. Over the last few weeks, Iraq has experienced significant unrest after protesters took to the streets, protesting the lack of jobs, poor public services and widespread corruption. Scores of…

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November 3, 2019

By Dan Kaszeta

Chemicals in Use in Iraqi Disturbances – Is it Nerve Agent?

In recent weeks, there have been numerous large public demonstrations in Iraq. These demonstrations have been met with force by security forces, including use of riot control agents. In recent days, some people have suffered from medical problems, possibly as a result of exposure to chemicals used by security forces. Starting approximately from 29 October…

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October 1, 2019

By Nick Waters

Has Iran Been Hacking U.S. Drones?

Iran says it can hack American drones operating in the Middle East and take control of them — and it has released a video purporting to back up its claims.  Back in February 2019, Iran’s semi-official Fars News claimed that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) intercepted the broadcasts of U.S. UAVs above Iraq and…

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September 11, 2018

By Wim Zwijnenburg

Burning Borderlands: Open-Source Monitoring of Conflict-caused Wildfires in Iraq

Iraq is on fire. Since late June, media has reported on wildfires in northern parts of Iraqi Kurdistan among the border with Turkey, along the border with Iran in the northeast and in the southeast of Iraq at the Hawizeh marshes, bordering Iran. A hazardous cocktail of climate change-induced increased summer heat, water shortages, military…

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September 5, 2018

By Nathan Ruser

How to Scrape Interactive Geospatial Data

With few exceptions, everything that appears in your browser can be downloaded and transformed into useable data formats, with many organisations or individuals maintain complex and publicly accessible datasets containing valuable information. Despite being publicly viewable, in many cases the underlying data is not able to be downloaded and further analysed. This guide will focus…

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May 5, 2017

By Christiaan Triebert

Crowdsourced Geolocation and Analysis of Coalition Airstrike Videos from Syria and Iraq

A version of this article was also published on Airwars. The international Coalition fighting the so-called Islamic State (IS) has published dozens of videos purportedly showing airstrikes against targets of the group in Syria and Iraq through the video-sharing social medium YouTube. Bellingcat has crowdsourced the geolocation of these videos, and this article serves as an…

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