alexander mckeever

Contributor: Syrians for Truth & Justice, bellingcat, Popular Front

MA student: Middle Eastern Studies @ CUNY GC

Siyaset Podcast: What is happening in Afrin?

I discussed Afrin, its history, and the current situation there with Ariz Kader for his new podcast ‘Siyaset’….

Spring 2020 research work

Recent contributions to work published by Syrians for Truth and Justice and Al-Monitor, as well as independent research put out…

Afrin Reference Guide

A collection of resources about Afrin, both historically and under occupation

The Militarization of Jebel Laylun: Turkish Fortifications in Eastern Afrin

Article for Popular Front investigating the construction of Turkish military bases along the Afrin-Shahba frontlines…

Recent Work for Syrians for Truth & Justice

Various STJ reports contributed in an OSINT-capacity, January/February 2020…

Ahrar al-Sharqiyah: Additional Information on the Faction and its Founder

Some recently uncovered details regarding the controversial Syrian opposition faction and its commander Abu Hatem Shaqra…

other recent work:

Murder, Looting, and Displacement: Two Months into Turkey’s Invasion of Eastern Syria

An overview of Turkey’s latest cross-border intervention into Syria…

New Evidence Supporting the National Army’s Accusations in the Murder of…Hevrin Khalaf

STJ’s in depth report on the murder of Hevrin Khalaf including research of my own…

Following the Syrian oil trail

OSINT contributions to recent al-Monitor article by Amberin Zaman…

Afrin – Turkish-backed groups undertake live ammunition exercises in Iron Age temple

Turkish-backed NLF militants training at the Ain Dara temple…

Geolocation work for Syrians for Truth & Justice

Various STJ reports contributed in an OSINT-capacity, fall 2019…

Popular Front…A Closer Look at Turkey’s Syrian Militias

Conversation with Jake Hanrahan about who are Turkey’s proxies in northern Syria…

Afrin: Incidents Of Desecration And Destruction Of Cultural Sites

Collecting and verifying evidence of destruction of cultural and religious sites in post-OB Afrin…

Remnants Of The Deiri Opposition: Contention And Controversy In North Aleppo

Shedding light on several Turkish-backed opposition factions from eastern Syria…

Wrath of the Olives: Tracking the Afrin Insurgency Through Social Media

Analyzing a years worth of insurgent activity in Afrin…

Olive Branch Military Outpost Built Atop Afrin Cemetery

Documenting the destruction of an Afrin cemetery and shrine during Operation Olive Branch…

Popular Front: Assassinations in Afrin

Conversation with Jake Hanrahan about the YPG insurgency campaign in Afrin…

Jaysh Usud al-Sharqiya: Exiles of the Euphrates

Investigating a CIA-backed Syrian rebel faction fighting IS in the Syrian desert…


Alexander McKeever is an independent researcher and journalist based in Queens, NY, focused on the history of and developments within northern Syria. He is currently a second year student in the Middle Eastern Studies MA program at the CUNY Graduate Center.