The U.S. Air Force targeted and destroyed an Islamic State group headquarters building based on a selfie posted to social media.
According to reports, airmen in Florida monitoring the terrorist organization’s social media accounts were combing through posts when they noticed a picture of someone standing at a command.
“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 (Islamic State),” Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle said on June 1.
“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.” Islamic State group has become known for using social media as a recruitment tool to attract people from around the world to its group.
Carlisle did not divulge the exact location of the building, but applauded the airmen for their work and the quick, effective mission.
“It was a post on social media to bombs on target in less than 24 hours,” he said. “Incredible work when you think about.”
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