On January 15, 2013, more than 80 students at Aleppo University in Syria were killed when two explosions ripped through their campus during final exams. These students were trying to get an education, just like many of have done, despite the horrible war that has torn their country apart. In an instant, they were denied that chance.
The government first said that this was caused by terrorists using car bombs. Many residents in the city claimed that they saw a fighter plane strike the university. Like many incidents in truth, it was initially unclear who was lying.
In the hours and days following the explosion, eyewitness reports have surfaced, and pictures and videos of the attack and aftermath have been posted online. One of the videos clearly shows a projectile headed to the university before the explosion. Various theories have surfaced about the identity of that projectile, and about who fired it.
Ultimately a mass-murder has been committed. If this were a video of a crime happening inside any other country, the videos would be analyzed, the witnesses questioned, and the evidence presented at a trial for the suspects.
The Aleppo University Project seeks to gather evidence through an open-source investigation and to gather experts to analyze that analysis and present it. I believe that enough evidence exists to hold the perpetrators of this tragic event responsible. I also believe that if the global community works together, we can solve this crime.
Why Investigate This Incident
More than 60,000 people have been killed in this conflict. Only 80 people were killed in this attack. Why focus here?
Sadly, there is very little forensic evidence that can conclusively prove how each victim of this crisis died, or who is ultimately responsible for each. Some of Syria’s mass killings are some of its murkiest. However, a wealth of information is available about this specific incident. Furthermore, the death of these students appears to be a deliberate act, timed to kill as many as possible, and executed far away from the bulk of the fighting.
Joseph Stalin is purported to have once said ”The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic.” The death of 60,000 (and rising) is an impossible statistic to apply this kind of analytical investigation, but the death of 80 is a manageable tragedy, one that someone needs to be held accountable for.
Thus far, many journalists who have been working on this sources have been given many different expert opinions from many different knowledgeable experts. However, there is no public forum to gather, discuss, and debate the facts. While I am gathering a team of experts to analyze the forensic data, some of the best ideas have thus far come from some of my readers and Twitter followed. This forum is designed to crowd-source the investigation while still allowing experts to analyze the findings.
This is not a place for opinions. One of my best teachers once told me, at an early age, “no one gives a damn about what you think, but they’ll respect what you can prove you know.” Leave the opinions at the door, and let’s start working on gathering and analyzing the facts.
How this Site Works
Summary – here’s we’ll put the latest theory that “holds the most water,” so to speak, and we’ll also list the updates to the subsections by date.
Eyewitness – We’ll attempt to gather the eyewitness testimony in the order it was posted to Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms. We’ll attempt to only find original sources. We’ll also seek out full testimonies of those who claim to have seen the event.
Crime scene – a collection of maps, as well as all evidence from videos, pictures, and artifacts taken from the scene (if any).
Suspected Projectiles – We’ll summarize the suspected projectile used, and the pros and cons of each theory. Here’s where the real science comes in. We’ll break the investigation into the following subcategories: Bomb, Air to Ground Missile, Ballistic Missile, and Other.
Strategic Background – What was happening in Aleppo at the time. What was the state of rebel and Syrian Army activity at the time.
This forum will work a little differently than it does in other places. Helpful comments will become part of the article. Please leave as much contact info as you’d like to have published with your comment, including your name, profession, location, expertise, and contact info. If you do not leave this information, we may still use your ideas but you will not receive credit. Leaving an email or Twitter address is recommended, but not necessary, so that experts and other investigators can contact you.
Opinions, false information, and old comments will all eventually be deleted in order to keep the site navigable.
This website is still under construction.
James Miller can be contacted through:
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