Speaking of airstrikes in Syria (aren’t we always?), the folks at the Atlantic Council just released a mega-report on the Russian air force’s help to Assad’s beleaguered army. “We have used the power of digital forensics to expose the details of Russia’s aerial and ground attacks in Syria using information entirely from open sources, available to be viewed and verified by anyone,” they write.
A brief summary of their findings: “Russia launched air strikes on hospitals, water treatment plants, and mosques. Russia used cluster bombs. Russia almost exclusively targeted non-ISIStargets. These are the truths that Russia will not admit, and the truths that must be understood when negotiating with Russia as a potential partner.” Full report, here.
A discussion with:
Senior Fellow New Information Frontiers
John E. Herbst
Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
Resident Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Special Assistant to the President & Strategic Communications Advisor, Europe
New York Times Magazine
Executive Vice President
Please join the Atlantic Council for the release of Distract Deceive Destroy—Putin at War in Syria on Tuesday, April 05, 2016, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Atlantic Council (1030 15th St. NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005).
While President Putin announced the end of Russia’s military operations with much fanfare, the modest forces withdrawn thereafter suggest that by no means is Russia’s military role in Syria over.
Using digital forensic research and open source investigation methods, a new Atlantic Council report presents the reality of Russia’s Syrian campaign: Russia launched air strikes on hospitals, water treatment plants, and mosques. Russia used cluster bombs. Russia almost exclusively targeted non-ISIS targets—Truths that Russia will not admit, but truths that must be understood when negotiating with Russia as a potential partner.
On Twitter? Follow @Atlanticcouncil and use #PutinAtWar to join the conversation!
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator)
This event is open to press and on the record.