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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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March 22, 2016

By fd

The Economics of War: A Case Study on Jaish al-Islam

Jaish al-Islam (Arabic: جيش الإسلام) or “Army of Islam” has a reputation for being a competent group. While the group is backed by Turkey and Saudi Arabia, its success cannot be wholly attributed to its foreign backing (Oweis, 2013). A variety of rebel groups in Syria ranging from the Southern Front of the Free Syrian Army to Ahrar al-Sham are backed by foreign powers, yet none of these groups have come close to emulating Jaish al-Islam’s (JaI) management of the local economy.

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March 18, 2016

By Rao Komar

A New MANPADS Variant Appears in Syria

Syria is a hotbed of weapons proliferation. While a variety of weapon systems have been proliferated in Syria, MANPADS proliferation in particular is a significant concern for the international community. These systems are user-friendly, easy to transport and capable of taking down civilian aircraft. It’s clear the presence of MANPADS in unstable countries like Syria…

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February 17, 2016

By Eliot Higgins

Russia’s Bizarre, Barely Coherent Defence It Didn’t Bomb Hospitals in Syria

Following this weeks earlier attacks on medical facilities in Syria run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) the Russian Defence Ministry has published a statement explaining why it’s not responsible for the attacks. Much of the statement is a mess of barely coherent claims, and reads closer to a conspiracy theory than a statement from a serious organisation. The Russian…

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February 11, 2016

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

How the Russian MoD Invented a US Bombing of Aleppo

This post originally appeared in Russian in the blog “Noodle Remover”. The following is an abridged translation of that post. On February 11, during a Russian Ministry of Defense briefing, Major General Igor Konashenkov claimed the following (I highlighted the parts which are of most interest): Therefore, it is not a tendency. Starting harping on the…

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February 8, 2016

By Eliot Higgins

Cluster Bombs Used in Talbiseh, Homs, Match Type Seen at Russia’s Syrian Airbase

Today’s Human Rights Watch report Russia/Syria: Daily Cluster Munition Attacks documents further use of cluster munitions in the Syria conflict, following earlier reports from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch on the use of cluster munitions in Syria. These reports triggered denials from the Russian Defence Ministry, who denied such munitions were even present at their airbase in Syria….

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