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Obtained documents show how pro-Assad officials were involved in bloody crackdown since 2011

Thousands of documents obtained by [a Washington-based Syrian watchdog] have revealed how pro-Assad regime officials at the highest level were either aware or involved in the bloody crackdown since 2011. The documents include handwritten notes from top commanders to "do what is necessary" to quell anti-Assad protests.

A Washington-based Syrian watchdog says thousands of documents collected from abandoned Assad regime offices reveal the reach of Bashar Assad's security agencies, offering a rare glimpse into the inner workings of his secretive apparatus.

The documents include handwritten notes from top commanders to "do what is necessary" to quell anti-Assad protests.

says the documents show officials at the highest level were either aware or involved in the bloody crackdown since 2011.

The group analyzed a sample of 5,000 documents from nearly half a million obtained in 2013 and 2015 from several Syrian provinces after Assad forces withdrew.

Its report, released on Tuesday, offers evidence of Assad regime violations of the laws of war. Director Mohammad Al-Abdallah says they may be used for criminal prosecution.

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