Looks CAN kill: ISIS militant's selfie leads U.S. airstrike to his location
According to Air Force General Hawk Carlisle, airmen from Hurlburt Field were the first to pick up on the photo
U.S. intelligence, which heavily monitors social media accounts from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, managed to locate and destroy one of the group’s headquarters in Syria by using a selfie photo taken by one of the militants.
According to Air Force General Hawk Carlisle, airmen from Hurlburt Field were the first to pick up on the photo.
“The guys that were working down out of Hurlburt, they’re combing through social media and they see some moron standing at this command,” Carlisle said, according to the New York Post.
“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,” he said.
Carlisle did not mention the location of the headquarters destructed by the air strikes.
According to the U.S. based weekly newspaper Air Force Times, ISIS has so far published around 1,700 photos, videos and other posts, reaching up to 200,000 users on Twitter and other social media sites.