Once the team locates a possible suspect or receives a tip from a victim, they dig through Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other public sites to corroborate the account. They also rely on intel from defectors, leaked documents, and informants who are still working in official positions in Syria. That afternoon, their search led them to an alleged member of the Assad regime who had recently been photographed posing in front of a popular European landmark. “They are here right now,” one said, pulling up the picture. The team planned to archive the photo and conduct an investigation.

Annie Hylton
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