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From the heart of ISIL territory, covert network exposes atrocities using social media

The man's voice was brisk and low as he called in his report from the dark heart of ISIL's self-proclaimed capital, the north-central Syrian city of Raqqa.

ISIL police are out in force in the city's central square, he said. They are stopping passers-by at random and scrutinizing their mobile phones. Two people have been detained. ISIL fighters have also set up extra checkpoints on roads approaching the city and seem in an unusually jumpy mood.

"Don't call me back unless I call you," said the man, who also seemed nervous, before he hung up.

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