Selfie by militant helps U.S. bomb ISIS headquarters in Syria

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Militants of the Islamic State. File photo

ARA News 

Geneva – A militant of the Islamic State radical group (IS/ISIS) took a selfie with the group’s headquarters building in Syria in the backdrop, and the same headquarters were reportedly bombed in less than 24 hours by the U.S.-led international coalition’s warplanes.  

The location was tracked down using the selfie as a reference point, according to the Times of Israel.

Hawk Carlisle, U.S. Air Force General, said that airmen from Hurlburt Field scanned the selfie and reported the location to the Combined Joint Force.

“The airmen were combing through social media and they see some moron (IS militant) standing at this command,” Carlisle was quoted by reports as saying.

“The intelligence team, shortly bombed the site in Syria,” he said.

“So they do some work, long story short, about 22 hours later through that very building, three JDAMS take that entire building out. It was a post on social media. Bombs on target in 22 hours.” 

According to the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement that the U.S.-led military campaign against the radical group “has killed more than 10,000 of its fighters in Iraq and Syria in last nine months”.

 

Reporting by: Lorin Silo 

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