A “moron” militant from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) invited the destruction of his unit’s headquarters in Syria after uploading a selfie to the internet, according to a Telegraph report.
Intelligence specialists in Florida were able to identify the man’s precise location and conduct a successful air strike in less than twenty four hours, according to reports quoting US air force general Hawk Carlise.
“The [airmen are] combing through social media and they see some moron standing at this command,” Gen Carlisle said.
“And in some social media, open forum, bragging about command and control capabilities for Da’esh, Isil, And these guys go: ‘ah, we got an in.’
“So they do some work, long story short, about 22 hours later through that very building, three JDAMS take that entire building out. Through social media. It was a post on social media. Bombs on target in 22 hours.
“It was incredible work, and incredible airmen doing this sort of thing.”
A spokesman for the Air Force declined to give additional detail on the date or location of the strike.
On Thursday, the US-led coalition said it had conducted 17 air strikes across the two countries over a 24 hour period, hitting tactical units near Hasekeh, Raqqa and Ramada, as well as vehicles, weapons and excavators.
Washington says the air campaign has killed 10,000 jihadists to date, a figure the US military says it is unable to confirm.