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Posts Tagged: ISIS

December 1, 2016

By Cameron Colquhoun

Inghimasi – The Secret ISIS Tactic Designed for the Digital Age

ISIS have successfully adopted a little known Al-Qa’eda / Al-Nusra tactic known as Inghimasi. In a switch from the suicide bombing terrorism of the 2000’s, Inghimasiyun deliberately aim to stay alive, killing their enemies with firearms before having the option to detonate their vests when overwhelmed Evidence the tactic has been exported to North Africa…

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October 19, 2016

By Hady Al-Khatib

Contrary to Reports, the Clock Church was not Destroyed in Mosul

Several international reports in April claimed IS destroyed the famous Clock Church in Mosul. The Iraqi Digital Investigation Team (IDIT) found the church is still intact. An independent investigation by the Iraqi Digital Investigation Team (IDIT) of the Berlin based organisation Media in Cooperation and Transition (MICT) has found that the Hour Church in Mosul,…

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September 23, 2016

By John Arterbury

ISIS’ Scorched Earth: Visual Confirmation of Destruction in the Shaer Field

Satellite photography made available to Bellingcat courtesy of Planet confirms that parts of the Shaer gas field in Syria’s eastern Homs governorate were indeed destroyed by the Islamic State as suggested. By contrasting the two high-resolution color-corrected images taken by Planet at 34.850, 37.900 – close to the recorded epicenter of the seismic event, which…

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August 29, 2016

By Hady Al-Khatib

Iraqi Digital Investigation Team Confirms ISIS Destruction of Gate in Nineveh

An independent investigation by the Iraqi Digital Investigation Team (IDIT) of the Berlin based organisation Media in Cooperation and Transition (MICT) has added evidence to support the claim that ISIS soldiers destroyed the Gate of Nineveh, a major historical site outside the ISIS-occupied city of Mosul, in April this year. It was the second destruction…

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May 22, 2016

By Bellingcat

ISIS Had a Social Media Campaign, So We Tracked Them Down

On Saturday, numerous supporters of ISIS posted pictures on social media from major European cities, displaying messages of support for the group. This social media campaign was in support of an imminent speech from ISIS spokesperson Abu Mohammed al-Adnani. In these photographs, backgrounds of various European cities can be seen, with the intention of, as described…

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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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