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Thursday, 30 January 2014

Third Chemical Volcano Rocket Used On August 21st Geolocated

Things have been rather quite on the blog recently while I work on a number of projects, including the launch of a new website.  One project I'm working on involves the August 21st Sarin attack, and while working on that project I've managed to geolocate one more potential impact sites from the August 21st Sarin attack in Damascus.

This task was made somewhat easier because I was able to contact the person who filmed the footage for this ITN report


He provided me with the GPS co-ordinates of what he filmed, and I was particularly interested in one site, which I've called Volcano 5 (playlist here).  This video shows what appears to be the impact site, and it appears the munition was removed from the site, leaving part of the warhead's outer shell, and the remains of a black rod device that has been sighted in a number of Volcano videos, but whose purpose is unclear


Because the munition is not present, we cannot be 100% sure this is an impact location, but I believe this area is worth geolocating on the chance it could be, and because it features in a number of videos and photographs, in particular focusing on one feature, a mound of dead animals


According to the GPS information I received, the location of the dead animals was in this area



The first image from this video shows the building to the south of the open area.


This building is partly built, and we can see from Google Earth historical satellite imagery this building construction appears to have begun between 2010 and 2011


Here we can see the ground floor juts out from the building, as it does in the video


At the bottom of this image we also see the building behind the newly constructed building that's visible in the video


The forth picture in this article shows the pile of dead animals, and is facing east.  On the map we can see the following 3 points of interest


At point 1 we can see a building at the corner of a walled area filled with trees.  The photograph shows a small building on the south corner, with another smaller building attached to it.  This matches what we have in the satellite image.

At point 2 there's a building visible in the photograph, and behind that at point 3 another building that juts out to the north, also visible in the photograph.

In this next video we have a view to the west


In this frame from the video it's possible to see a number of points of interest



At points 1 and 2 we can see the alleys to the west and south.  At point 3 we can see the building at the end of the west alley.  Behind that building is a taller building with balconies, visible in the historical map images of the area, marked with a 1 in the below image


Based off the above information, it seems very likely that this is the correct location, bringing the total number of Volcano rockets geolocated to three.

A big thank you to Chris Kabusk for help finding the impact locations of this rocket.

3 comments:

  1. So...we all know the the US backed FSA did this crime. What shouldt we do now? What wouldt you do with the Monster Obama who gives the Order to use Sarin and gives the Order to Stabbing Hostages Eyes out?

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  2. Watch the results of the UN report- no traces on the ground were found in samples taken. Sarin was used though but even who were the victims is unknown.
    There are claims that the victims were mostly Christian hostages from the Latakia region.

    What is sure to say is that some djihadists groups experimented with Sarin- a fact that should alert. Foreign countries do not insist on disarming those "rebels" which leads to the conclusion that they are involved in a certain plot.

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