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Purpose

Storyful’s interest in the story was  journalistic what could we find out about the victims, their families, or their captors through an analysis of open source material, in order to tell their stories.

The investigation posed a unique question how could we link the women in the videos to Sweida, and could we contact them or their families?

The initial videos were released through reliable sources; however, they contained limited geographic information or other verifiable information.

This case study explores the process Storyful used to verify aspects of the story over a number of months. It sets out how Storyful established reliable sources who were disseminating the IS material for their own purposes; it explains how Storyful sourced the videos and verified the identity of the hostages by building corroborating information and leads over time.



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