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September 1, 2014

By Eliot Higgins

Arms Identification – German Missiles in the Hands of the Islamic State

After the captured of Tabqa airbase in Syria by the Islamic State last week a number of photographs were posted online showing the weapons captured at the airbase. These included many weapons seen elsewhere in the conflict, from ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft cannons to Konkurs ATGMs. Today, a new video released by the Islamic State shows more…

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August 24, 2014

By Oryx

Tabqa Airbase Captured by the Islamic State

After encountering some setbacks earlier on, Tabqa airbase finally fell to fighters of the Islamic State today. With only one Pro-Assadist obstacle remaining in Northern Syria, the Islamic State’s territorial continuity in Northern Syria is closer than ever. Tabqa is now the third airbase to have been captured by the Islamic State and is the…

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August 23, 2014

By Eliot Higgins

The Hills of Raqqa – Geolocating the James Foley Video

Earlier this week the Guardian reported on claims made by hostages held by the Islamic State, identifying the speaker in the James Foley video as being an Islamic State member based in Raqqa, an Islamic State stronghold in north-central Syria. Based on that claim, and information in the James Foley video it’s possible to narrow down the location…

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August 15, 2014

By Eliot Higgins

Accusations of Cluster Munition Use by the Islamic State in Kurdish Syria

In an article published yesterday on the Arabic language news website ANHA, claims were made by local Kurdish groups in the town of Ayn al-Arab (also know as Kobanê) that during attacks by the Islamic State cluster munitions had been used. They warned against touching the unexploded submunitions, claiming an 11 year old child had been killed while handling one of…

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July 18, 2014

By Eliot Higgins

Evidence of a New Chemical Attack in Syria

Since April 11th multiple chemical barrel bomb attacks have been reported in Syria, with many of them in and around the pro-opposition town of Kafr Zita.  Locals have claimed chlorine gas was used, something that was supported by an investigation by the Daily Telegraph.  Since late May there’s been no reports of chemical attacks until…

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July 17, 2014

By Eliot Higgins

August 21st – The Rebels Did It!

In the weeks and months after the August 21st Sarin attacks in Damascus there have been many theories about oppostion responsibility for the attacks from diverse sources including the conspiracy theorists, a nun, and a Pulitzer Prize winner.  Some of these theories have been repeated by the Syrian government’s allies, in particular Russia, even though key…

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