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June 20, 2017

By Rao Komar

The al-Tanf Bombing: How Russia Assisted ISIS by Attacking an US Backed FSA Group with Cluster Bombs

Russia’s intervention in the Syrian Civil War has been controversial to say the least. For instance, Russia has denied bombing hospitals and clinics in rebel held parts of Syria and then blamed the US for the bombings despite evidence to the contrary. Adding to the list of controversies involving the Russian intervention in Syria, in this…

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March 16, 2017

By Christiaan Triebert

Is the US Using White Phosphorus in Mosul?

A’maq News Agency, a media outlet linked to the so-called Islamic State, has claimed that the United States used white phosphorous munitions in the ongoing Battle for Mosul on March 11, 2017. This claim was reiterated by two local sources, Salah al-Shorbagy and the Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq, saying that white phosphorous was used in Mosul….

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February 12, 2017

By Christiaan Triebert

The Battle for Al-Bab: Verifying Euphrates Shield Vehicle Losses

The Turkish military operation dubbed ‘Euphrates Shield’ (ES) began on August 24, 2016, aiming to clear an area of 5,000 square kilometres of Syrian territory, and is conducted jointly with Syrian rebel factions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). Within four months, over 2,000 square kilometres were captured from so-called Islamic State (IS) and Kurdish…

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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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