[Marxism] Crowdsourced Geolocation and Analysis of Russian MoD Airstrike Videos

Fred Murphy fred.r.murphy at gmail.com
Tue Oct 6 12:01:43 MDT 2015


*Initial Findings of the Crowdsourced Geolocation and Analysis of Russian
MoD Airstrike Videos from Syria
<https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2015/10/06/initial-findings-of-the-crowdsourced-geolocation-and-analysis-of-russian-mod-airstrike-videos-from-syria/>*

Yesterday Bellingcat launched an effort
<https://www.bellingcat.com/resources/articles/2015/10/05/crowdsourced-geolocation-and-analysis-of-russian-mod-airstrike-videos-from-syria/>
to
use the Checkdesk platform <https://bellingcat.checkdesk.org/en/story/736>
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 locations over 100 miles west of Raqqa, in non-ISIS territory.

The first batch of videos including 14 videos, 12 of which have now been
geolocated.  This has revealed the following information –

   - 3 videos were verified as being in locations matching the title and
   description of the videos. In all 3 videos the targets of Russian bombing
   are described as “terrorists” rather than ISIS, which is taken as a catch
   all term for armed Syrian opposition groups.
   - 5 videos gave locations that were accurate, but described the attacks
   as targeting ISIS when there is no known current ISIS presence in those
   areas.
   - 2 videos gave the location as Raqqa, but were in fact filmed over 100
   miles west of Raqqa in areas with no known ISIS presence.
   - 1 video gave no location, but was geolocated to an area where there
   was no known ISIS presence, despite the title of the video claiming
   otherwise.
   - 1 video gave a location at the entrance to Ma’aart al Nu’man but was
   geolocated to an area 20km away from Ma’aart al Nu’man.

Based on the videos geolocated thus far there is no indication that the
Russian Ministry of Defence has targeted ISIS positions, or hit targets in
Raqqa, despite claims to the contrary.

Six new videos have been added to Checkdesk today for geolocation, which
you can visit here <https://bellingcat.checkdesk.org/en/story/736>.


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