Syria Situation Report: May 7 – 13, 2016

This graphic marks the latest installment of our Syria SITREP Map made possible through a partnership between the Institute for the Study of War and Syria Direct.

Parliamentary elections 2016: Bashar, ballots and blockades

AMMAN: Hours after President Bashar al-Assad and his wife voted in Syria’s parliamentary elections after polls opened on Wednesday, the Higher Judicial Committee for Elections extended voting for an additional five hours due to “massive turnout,” reported

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Open Syria: The Tabqa airbase massacre

On August 27, the Islamic State executed an estimated 160 Syrian army soldiers captured at Tabqa military airbase and surrounding desert settlements. In this investigation, Open Syria founder Joseph Adams geo-located the capture, march, transport and exec

INFOGRAPHIC: Anatomy of an IS Massacre Part II

In Part II of Open Syria’s investigation into the Tabqa massacre, we pick up the story as 160 regime prisoners are driven 93km to the execution site outside A-Raqqa city, the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria.

INFOGRAPHIC: Anatomy of an IS Massacre Part I

In Part I, we map the long march north of captured Syrian army soldiers from desert hamlets southwest of Tabqa airbase, to nameless grain silos for transport to an execution site east of A-Raqqa.

Prelude to a Massacre: The Downfall of A-Raqqa

Syria Direct introduces its new partner Open Syria, which uses open-source material to document consequential events in Syria today from war crimes to weapons proliferation and military operations. Open Syria’s first investigation takes on the Islamic Sta

Introducing Open Syria

Open Syria is Syria Direct’s open-source investigations unit. In this interview, Syria Direct project manager and lead investigator Joseph Adams explains the techniques he uses to conduct open-source investigations.