Crowdfunded news-site uncovers ISIS training camp using online mapping tools


Bellingcat kickstarted £51K to do data-driven/crowdsourced citizen journalism earlier this month, and a week later, pinpointed the exact location of an ISIS training camp near Mosul by matching the jihadis' social media posts to online maps and geo-location services.

It's a very clever sleuthing exercise, and shows the positive power of groups of online puzzle-solvers -- a contrast with the redditor mob that incorrectly accused an innocent man of being the Boston Marathon bomber.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go through training as an ISIS terrorist? Or better yet, where you would go to find such advanced training? All you have to do to find the answer to these questions is turn to the nearest ISIS media twitter account and click on that bright blue Justpaste.it link. Let’s take a look at the photos posted in July showing one of the Islamic State’s training camps in Ninewa Province and see what we can learn.

Gun Safety, Self Defense, and Road Marches – Finding an ISIS Training Camp [Bellingcat]

(Thanks, Mr_raccoon!)

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  1. How long til the NSA touts this as proof that collecting all online information would help them find terrorists?

  2. Well at least they're smart enough to march at night. In Iraqi heat, marching 3 km feels more like 30 km.

  3. bzishi says:

    It's a very clever sleuthing exercise, and shows the positive power of groups of online puzzle-solvers -- a contrast with the redditor mob that incorrectly accused an innocent man of being the Boston Marathon bomber.

    Really? Has it been verified? If not, then it is pretty premature to jump to conclusions. For as far as we know, they could be as incorrect as the Reddit mob.

  4. How long til the NSA touts this as proof that collecting all online information would help them find terrorists?

    Not likely to happen. After all, it would show that funding them is useless when it takes only a few thousand pounds/dollars/shekels and open public interaction to get the job done in just a week or two.

  5. Who cares? Better lob in a few hellfire missiles just to be safe. Terrorist camp - wedding party - hard to tell them apart.

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