An unnamed ISIS terrorist gave a whole new meaning to the word “photobomb” when he posted a selfie online, accidentally revealing his location. The U.S. Airforce was there within less than 24 hours with, shall we say, an explosive reply.
Heads will roll…
DefenseTech reports that although ISIS’ highly effective social media strategy helps them spread fear, bring in recruits, and publicize their horrific acts, the U.S. Airforce can also use it against them. Much to their delight, ISIS’s posts on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media often produces useful intelligence. Mwahaha.
This is not the first time people from ISIS have screwed up online (check out our top 10 ISIS fails and bloopers). But this takes the prize. In this particular case, a post from an ISIS militant helped U.S. Airforce intelligence pinpoint and destroy what they obliquely refer to as an “ISIS headquarters building.”
Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, head of Air Combat Command, described Monday [June 1] how airmen at Hurlburt Field, Florida, with the 361st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, recognized a comment on social media and turned that into an airstrike that resulted in three Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) bombs destroying an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) headquarters building.
SFGate and other news outlets later discovered, and reported, that the ISIS social media culprit turned out to be some “moron” posting a selfie. At an Airforce Association breakfast meeting, the awesomely-named U.S. Airforce Gen. Hawk Carlisle revealed:
“The guys that were working down out of Hurlburt [Fla.], they’re combing through social media and they see some moron standing at this command. And in some social media, open forum, bragging about the command and control capabilities for Daesh, ISIL.”
Then, Gen. Carlisle declares, his airmen went to “take that entire [ISIS] building out.”
“And these guys go: ‘We got an in.’ So they do some work, long story short, about 22 hours later through that very building, three JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munitions) take that entire building out.”
We’re dying to see the ISIS terrorist’s last selfie, and to find out where the building was, but of course that’s probably classified information. I feel uneasy about these “targeted airstrikes” that make war seem more palatable to folks like me, and hope no civilians were killed. Alas, ISIS has no redeeming qualities that I know of, and I can’t help but feel glad we’ve got fewer of them.
Here’s the video with CNN’s news report on how an ISIS selfie helped the U.S. Airforce take down one of their main offices. Let’s just hope the GOP doesn’t spin this in a way that makes President Barack Obama look bad.