Selfie leads to US airstrikes on ISIS building

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Selfie Leads To US Airstrike On ISIS Building


For many people, it can be hard to resist a good selfie. However, if the world's most powerful military is looking for you, taking one under certain circumstances may not be a wise choice.
Air Force General Hawk Carlisle recently shared an incident in which a social media post was used by airmen at Hurlburt Field, Florida to gather intelligence about an ISIS base.

He noted, "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..."

Without going into too much detail, Carlisle said that the information helped identify the location and 22 hours later, 3 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) missiles took out the entire building in an airstrike.

While ISIS has been savvy about using social media to its benefit, the incident highlights how the group's online presence can also be a source of intelligence for the U.S. military.

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