By Jonathon Morgan
ISIS militants continued their campaign over the weekend, securing border crossings from Iraq into both Syria and Jordan, and working their way towards Baghdad. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) recently released data about the size and distribution of Syrian refugee camps in Iraq, adding further complexity to an already chaotic conflict impacting Iraq and its neighbors to the west.
We plotted Syrian refugee camp locations using UNHCR data from CrisisNET, and used reports of violence from social media along with data from the New York Times for context about the location and intensity of the fighting. While social media data isn't perfect, we've shown before that it can be a good proxy for understanding the general location and relative intensity of a conflict.
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