Working with Amnesty International, SITU Research launches new project on lethal use of tear gas by security forces in Baghdad

March 16th 2020

Through an exclusive new visual investigation, SITU Research and Amnesty International show that Iraqi security forces intended to kill or severely maim dozens of protesters when they fired military-style grenades directly into crowds on the streets of Baghdad from last October onwards.

The interactive website, Smokescreen – Iraq’s use of military-grade tear gas grenades to kill protesters, includes a 3D reconstruction of deadly incidents captured on video around the capital’s Tahrir Square and Jimhouriya Bridge. Our team worked with Amnesty to bring together ballistics simulations and spatial analysis in a singular platform, which provides new evidence for how the projectiles were fired to kill or cause serious bodily harm. Since October 2019, these distinctive grenades have mortally wounded at least two dozen protesters in that area of Baghdad.

Visit the platform, and read the full press release.