According to a report featured in Saturday’s Northwest Florida Daily News (Ft. Walton Beach, FL), the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command used the power of social media to wage a deadly strike on ISIS.
Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Force’s Air Combat Command, explained in a speech earlier this week in Arlington, VA that a “selfie” taken by a member of ISIS in front of the group’s headquarters helped Air Force intelligence stationed at Hurlburt Field, FL, home of the Air Force’s 1st Special Operations Wing, to locate it and later target it in an air strike.
“These guys that are working down at Hurlburt (Florida), they’re combing through social media. And they see some moron standing at this command and control capability for Da’Esh, ISIL. These guys go, ‘Ah we got an in,'” Carlisle said. “Long story short … three JDAMs take the entire building out.”‘
A Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), is a type of smart bomb built by Boeing and armed with a guidance system that reportedly has an error rate of less than 40 feet.
ISIS has been known to use social media for recruiting purposes, but this time apparently those efforts backfired.
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