How a selfie took out a Syrian ISIS Headquarters

CREECH AFB, Nev. -- An MQ-1B Predator taxis at Creech AFB, Nev. June 25, 2008. The 15th Reconnaissance Squadron is one of the first armed UAS squadrons, providing combatant commanders with persistent ISR, full motion video, and precision weapons employment. (Photo by Steve Huckvale)

Dumb criminals always make the headlines when they are busted for incriminating themselves on social media and that is exactly what a member of ISIS did.  The Air Force has expanded their intelligence gathering to social media because they know that is where these idiots love to volunteer their private information.

The 361st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group at Hurlburt Field, Florida were able to determine the location of an ISIS headquarters from a selfie posted on social media by a member of ISIS.

“The guys that were working down out of Hurlburt, 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. 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 [Joint Direct Attack Munitions] take that entire building out,” said Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the head of the Air Combat Command.

The General went on to say that within 24 hours of gathering the Intel they were able to drop munitions on the ISIS compound.

So if you’re an Airman who works in Intel you might be able to justify being on social media at work.



  • Christopher Ross is journalist and creative fiction writer based in Florida. Ross studied Journalism and English at Florida Atlantic University and currently writes for several different blogs and websites.

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