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'Moron' ISIS militant taking social media selfie leads US airstrike to group headquarters

Crime WorldBy Shuki Byrne
An airstrike hits an ISIS target in Kobane in northern Syria
An airstrike hits an ISIS target in Kobane in northern Syria

Social media has inadvertently become a tool for both good and evil in modern warfare.

It is becoming increasingly relevant in the turmoil in the middle east, and the latest example highlights its importance when combating the tech-savvy militants of ISIS. 

According to Air Force General Hawk Carlisle, head of Air Combat Command, an ISIS militant posting on social media led a US airstrike right to one of the group's headquarters in Syria. 

An airman recognized a comment on social media and turned that into an airstrike that resulted in three missiles destroying a ISIS headquarters building.

"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."

He added: "It was incredible work, and incredible airmen doing this sort of thing."

The US Air Force and coalition aircraft have launched 4,200 strikes, dropping 14,000 weapons, which have resulted in about 13,000 enemy fighters being killed. 

The coalition has destroyed more than 1,000 vehicles and 50 improvised explosive device factories, and most of the "cash cows" bringing money into the group.

"Their best way to make money was oil collection and refining capacity, and we've taken out about 90 percent of that," Carlisle said.