This is a truly harrowing account, with vivid descriptions of a mass execution. It cannot but upset you, yet depicts a truth that should not be veiled. It is written by two academic researchers who miraculously managed to uncover, and interview, one of the perpetrators by tracing him on Facebook. It is an impressive investigation — that comes with a trigger warning.
His Facebook profile was that of an ordinary and typical Syrian perpetrator: portraits of father and son Assad, snapshots of his friends, picturesque images of his village, selfies of working out at the gym, and most important, a melancholic post in which he mourned his friend and colleague, Halabi, clearly the second shooter. We were elated: We found both of “our perps.”