US Identifies and Destroys ISIS Headquarters Because of "Selfie"
The news media is buzzing about how the US military identified the location of an ISIS HQ because someone there took a photo and posted it.
Quoting Air Force General Hawk Carlisle, head of Air Combat 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. 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."
It's not clear how the location was identified: physical objects in the background of the selfie, location information in the EXIF fields, or something else.
I'm not sure I believe this story, but it's certainly possible.
EDITED TO ADD (6/7): Here's the photo. Looks like the roadsign in the background helped a lot.
Posted on June 5, 2015 at 2:38 PM • 34 Comments