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Posts Tagged: Islamic State

December 22, 2016

By Daniel Romein

Hunting the Berlin Christmas Market Attack Suspect on Social Media

This article was written collaboratively with additional participation of Bellingcat contributors Timmi Allen and Aric Toler. On December 21st, Bellingcat found several Facebook profiles of Anis Amri, the main suspect in the killing of 12 and wounding of 49 people in the December 19th Berlin Christmas market on Breidscheitplatz. The fingerprints and documents of 24-year-old…

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November 6, 2016

By Jacob Beeders

ISIS’s Somali Franchise Seizes Qandala: Background and Significance

On Thursday, October 27, militants from the self-declared Islamic State’s Somali affiliate seized the port town of Qandala, in the semi-autonomous northern Puntland region of Somalia. Eyewitness accounts claim that after cutting off communications, militants faced no resistance as they entered the town. To confirm their capture of the town, ISIS’s propaganda wing released a…

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November 1, 2016

By Christiaan Triebert

The Battle for Mosul: A View from Space before the Operation

With the first Iraqi government forces entering Mosul’s outskirts, the Battle for Mosul is entering its more messy, chaotic, and violent phase as forces will enter more densely populated areas. With up to 1.5 millions civilians still living in the Iraqi city held by so-called Islamic State (IS), officials and aid agencies have warned for…

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September 2, 2016

By Christiaan Triebert

Who Killed Adnani? An Open Source Survey

  On August 30, 2016, ʻAmāq News Agency announced the death of the 39-year old Ṭaha Subhī Falaḥa (1977), better known as Abū Muhammad al-‘Adnānī (Arabic: أبو محمد العدناني‎‎; hereafter simply referred to as ‘Adnani’), the chief spokesperson for the so-called Islamic State (IS). The killing of Adnani is a significant blow for IS, given…

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July 6, 2016

By Christiaan Triebert

An Open Source Analysis of the Fallujah “Convoy Massacre”(s)

From June 28 to June 29, aircraft of both the international Coalition (CJTF-OIR) and the Republic of Iraq targeted two large convoys of alleged Islamic State (IS) vehicles as they fled the outskirts of Fallujah in central Iraq. Concerns have been raised that the convoys were carrying not only IS militants, but also their family…

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May 11, 2016

By Oryx

The Islamic State going DIY, the Telskuf offensive

Just six days after the release of the now infamous footage showing fighters of the Islamic State fighting, failing and getting killed while storming Peshmerga positions North of Mosul, the Islamic State made another attempt at taking Peshmerga positions on the 3rd of May 2016 near the Assyrian town of Tesqopa (or Telskuf, Tel Eskof,…

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