ISIS center destroyed after 'moron' posts selfie

From Mirror.co.uk

By Jasper Hamill

The US Air Force has destroyed an Islamic State nerve centre after extremists revealed its location in a selfie.

General Herbert 'Hawk' Carlisle, head of Air Combat Command, said a ISIS "moron" shared a picture which allowed intelligence analysts to pinpoint his whereabouts.

Just 22 hours later, the Air Force blasted the building with three missiles.

“The guys [are] combing through social media and they see some moron standing at this command," General Carlisle revealed .

"And in some social media, open forum, bragging about the command and control capabilities for [ISIS].

"And these guys go: ‘We got an in.’

"About 22 hours later, three [missiles] take that entire building out.”

ISIS is known for its mastery of the internet and social media, using its tech savvy to run recruitment campaigns and hide sleeper cells in the West.

But spooks and military chiefs know that its greatest strength can also reveal vulnerabilities.

“It was a post on social media to bombs on target in less than 24 hours,” Carlisle added.

“Incredible work when you think about it.”

The attack reveals the increasing importance military chiefs place on digital intelligence gathering.

Although ISIS uses sophisticated techniques to covers its tracks online, it only takes one stray selfie for fighters to blow their cover.

Extremists know that every picture contains information called metadata and geotags which can reveal the location of the person who took them.

As well as giving Western forces the ability to track down jihadis, the process can work in reverse.

In 2007, a fleet of American helicopters arrived at a base in Iraq, along with a squad of selfie-happy pilots who started posting pictures of their new home.

Unfortunately, insurgents saw these pictures, used them to determine the whereabouts of the helicopters and them blew up all four of them with mortar fire.

In modern warfare, careless tweets costs lives.

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