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April 5, 2017

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

The Khan Sheikhoun Chemical Attack, The Evidence So Far

On Tuesday April 4th 2017, videos and images emerged from sources within Syria showing what is claimed to be a chemical weapon attack that targeted Al Sheikhun south of Idlib. Introduction Initial reports of the attack appeared on social media on the morning of Tuesday April 4th 2017. It was claimed that airstrikes in Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib,…

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March 29, 2017

By Syrian Archive

Eyes on Aleppo: Visual Evidence Analysis of Human Rights Violations Committed in Aleppo [July – Dec 2016]

On 28 March 2017 the Syrian Archive published a new report, Eyes on Aleppo: Visual evidence analysis of human rights violations committed in Aleppo [July – Dec 2016]. The report describes and investigates a new visual evidence dataset of 1748 videos of human rights violations in Aleppo city and the surrounding suburbs during the period…

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February 14, 2017

By Hady Al-Khatib

New Visual Evidence about Chlorine Gas Attacks in Eastern Ghouta

On January 31, footage emerged from sources within Syria showing what is claimed to be a chemical weapon attack in the countryside of Damascus. This article will use open source analysis techniques to examine the footage and judge its veracity. Incident 1: Al-Marj, Damascus countryside Date: 30/01/2017 Reported casualties: No Information Injured: 11 (3 of them…

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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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February 10, 2017

By Nick Waters

Death From Above: The Drone Bombs of the Caliphate

(The Conflict Armaments Research (CAR) Group, an NGO working on the ground documenting weapons and ammunition, have confirmed that the plastic tail fins mentioned in this article are in fact moulded. CAR’s findings can be read in this comprehensive paper on multi-purpose IEDs.) Introduction The conflicts in Syria and Iraq have seen a proliferation of drones…

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February 9, 2017

By Christiaan Triebert

Assessing the Claim that the United States Bombed an Aid Headquarters in Syria

Introduction On Feb. 1, 2017, the United States led Coalition was accused by local activists and journalists that it had bombed the headquarters of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) located in the Carlton Hotel in the city of Idlib, Syria. Photos and videos allegedly showing the bombed headquarters quickly emerged online. This open source investigation…

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January 20, 2017

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

New Satellite Imagery Shows Russian Su-24 Jets at the Hmeimim Air Base

Earlier this week, the Russian Ministry of Defense declared that it has withdrawn a flight of Su-24 (Fencer) ground-attack aircrafts from Syria. This declaration came soon after the withdrawal of Russia’s lone aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov. From the Hmeimim Air Base, the Russian base south of Latakia, Russia has conducted thousands sorties against its targets…

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December 19, 2016

By Christiaan Triebert

The CL2 Before the Storm — Alleged Chemical Attacks in Aleppo in the Last Months of 2016

Warning: this report contains sensitive images. This article was written collaboratively with Bellingcat contributor Hady Al-Khatib, with additional contributions from Eliot Higgins. Before the Syrian city of Aleppo was almost fully recaptured by Syrian government troops and aligned forces, the opposition-held part of the city witnessed one of the highest number of alleged chemical weapon…

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