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June 9, 2016

By Eric Woods

Proliferation of MANPADS in Syria – Relevant Actors and Applicable Treaties for Policymakers

What are MANPADS? What is their relevance to the war in Syria? MANPADS (man portable air defense systems) are heat seeking shoulder fired missile platforms designed to destroy aircraft flying at anywhere between 10,000 and 15,000 feet.* These systems have proliferated across Syria due to a combination of seizures from government stockpiles and supply from…

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May 18, 2016

By John Arterbury

Investigating the “ISIS earthquake”

Reports on Monday that fighters from the Islamic State blew up portions of a major Syrian natural gas field have given rise to furious speculation that an earthquake on the same day was somehow related. But is such a connection likely, and if so, how might it have happened? Given the confluence of social media…

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April 14, 2016

By Christiaan Triebert

Keeping the Water Running in the Islamic State

The title has been changed to avoid implying any cooperation between the Syrian government and the so-called Islamic State. The so-called Islamic State is said to be behaving like a conventional state in many ways. However, this open source investigation will show that the Syrian government — not Islamic State — keeps the water running in Islamic State’s de…

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