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October 26, 2015

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

What Russia’s Own Videos and Maps Reveal About Who They Are Bombing In Syria

Bellingcat began geolocating and independently verifying videos published by the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) after initial reports from the ground indicated that Russian airstrikes destroyed positions held by the Free Syrian Army and other groups rather than the Islamic State (or ISIS). Bellingcat has geolocated, verified, and visualized each airstrike published by the Russian…

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October 6, 2015

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Initial Findings of the Crowdsourced Geolocation and Analysis of Russian MoD Airstrike Videos from Syria

Yesterday Bellingcat launched an effort to use the Checkdesk platform to geolocate and collect additional information on videos posted by the Russia Ministry of Defence showing their airstrikes in Syria. This was triggered after the discovery that two videos the Russian Ministry of Defence claimed were filmed in or near ISIS controlled Raqqa were geolocated to…

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October 5, 2015

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Crowdsourced Geolocation and Analysis of Russian MoD Airstrike Videos from Syria

Since the beginning of Russia’s air campaign in Syria the Russian Ministry of Defence has been posting videos of some of its airstrikes on its YouTube channel, and initial geolocation analysis of those videos have shown there’s a number of issues with the details provided by the Russian Ministry of Defence along with those videos….

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September 22, 2015

By Eliot Higgins

Geolocating Russian Military Aircraft in Syria

Over the last week there’s been a great deal of interest in the movement of Russian military equipment and troops to Syria, with images published by AllSource Analysis of al-Assad International Airport showing the arrival of military aircraft supporting Russia’s growing presence. Today a photograph was shared on Twitter showing what claimed to be the aircraft visible in…

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September 21, 2015

By Chris Biggers

Confirmed: SU-25s Join Russia’s Flankers in Latakia

Satellite imagery acquired by Airbus of al-Assad International Airport shows new arrivals supporting Russia’s growing military presence. Space snapshots from 20SEPT15 show twelve SU-25 Frogfoot joining the four SU-30SM Flanker already parked at the airport, a location ten miles south of Latakia. Earlier the SU-30SM were misidentified by the media as SU-27. The latest imagery was published by AllSource Analysis…

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September 20, 2015

By Chris Biggers

Russian SU-30SM in Syria, not SU-27

This post was originally written for Offiziere.ch after several comments questioning the imagery identification were posted on Twitter. Recent satellite imagery acquired by Airbus of al-Assad International airport in Syria shows four SU-30SM aircraft, not four SU-27 Flanker as originally reported by the Institute for the Study of War. The aircraft are easily mistaken for the SU-27…

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September 16, 2015

By Oryx

Sighting of R-166-0.5 signals vehicle affirms inflow of Russian military into Syria

The past few days have seen a steep increase of evidence revealing the true extent of direct military involvement by the Russian military on the ground in Syria. The sighting of recently delivered Russian UAVs and Russian BTR-82A infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) in addition to sound fragments confirming Russian military personnel directly participated in one…

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September 7, 2015

By Ruslan Leviev

Are there Russian troops fighting in Syria?

This post originally appeared on the LiveJournal of Ruslan Leviev in both Russian and English. The following text is a cross-post of the English translation that appeared on Leviev’s personal blog. When Leviev refers to “we” and his “investigation team,” he is referring to his “WarInUkraine” research team that has previously produced posts on such topics…

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August 26, 2015

By Nathan Patin

The Other Foreign Fighters: An Open-Source Investigation into American Volunteers Fighting the Islamic State

An estimated 20,000 to 30,000 foreigners have traveled to Iraq and Syria to fight with the Islamic State (IS) and other Sunni jihadist groups. Of those, roughly 150 to 200 are American citizens. This report seeks to shed light on a related, yet understudied phenomenon, namely, that of Americans traveling to Iraq and Syria to fight against…

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