Tim Ripley’s new book, Operation Aleppo, out now

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Russia’s intervention in Syria in September 2015 caught the world by surprise. Since then Russian bombers, fighter jets, drones, warships and special forces troops have helped turn the tide of the brutal Syria civil war in favour Bashar al-Assad’s government in Damascus. As the war enters its endgame, Tim Ripley’s new book, Operation Aleppo, looks … Read more Tim Ripley’s new book, Operation Aleppo, out now

Open Source Intelligence and the Syrian Conflict

Syria is perhaps the most “reported on” conflict in the modern era. There is just a “torrent” of news reports, video, still pictures, social media posts, Skype interviews coming out of the country. Every Syrian soldier and fighter has a smart phone to film their exploits ‐ but there are few “independent international journalists” on … Read more Open Source Intelligence and the Syrian Conflict

British sniper rifles used against Assad rebels

High-powered British sniper rifles made by a Portsmouth-based company, Accuracy International, are being used by marksmen loyal to the Syrian dictator, Bashar al-Assad, to attack opposition rebels. Footage of the regime’s marksmen using the weapons, which each cost £4,500 and have a range of just under a mile, appeared last week on Russian television as … Read more British sniper rifles used against Assad rebels