ISIS ‘Moron’ Posts a Selfie; US Air Force Locates and Destroys HQ Building

Jun 4, 2015

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ISIS ‘Moron’ Posts a Selfie; US Air Force Locates and Destroys HQ Building

Jun 4, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles, from the 389th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, like the ones shown here, helped provide 176 consecutive hours of air support and drop more than 100 bombs in support of Operation Hammer Down II. Air Force close air support assets played a critical role in the success of the operation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael B. Keller)

Modern armies have endless amounts or rules and regulations set in place, some more out there than others, but most have been implemented following a rather bad situation.

One of the very basic rules is that army info stays in the army; you don’t share it, especially when it comes to operational information. Once upon a time this meant you weren’t allowed to talk about anything secretive with friends, but nowadays efforts to maintain military secrets focus heavily on social media.

Being a fairly new militant group, ISIS (or ISIL or Daesh, whatever they’re calling themselves this week) is still learning its lessons the hard way as was revealed a couple of days ago.

It turns out that one of the ISIS guys thought it would be cool to take a selfie outside one of the group’s secret headquarters and share it on social media. Well, the United States Air Force thought it was pretty cool as well…

The story came out on Monday when Air Force General Hawk Carlisle, head of Air Combat Command, said the following at a Washington D.C. breakfast meeting:

“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 was a post on social media to bombs on target in less than 24 hours,” Carlisle added. “Incredible work when you think about.”

Very impressive work indeed, General, but I’m not quite sure why you’d go ahead and share that information?

I don’t have any contacts in ISIS, but I’m willing to bet another regulation has just been added to the training manual.

Anyway, there weren’t too many additional details revealed about the airstrike, but considering the amount of fatal selfies taken last month, I wouldn’t be surprised if the selfie was shared in the last few weeks.

[Defense Tech via PetaPixel | Lead Image: DVIDSHUB]

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12 responses to “ISIS ‘Moron’ Posts a Selfie; US Air Force Locates and Destroys HQ Building”

  1. Wayne Palmer Jr. Avatar
    Wayne Palmer Jr.

    Lmao!

  2. Bruce Comer Jr Avatar
    Bruce Comer Jr

    Now if only we could expand this program worldwide….. jk

  3. Rick Avatar
    Rick

    The first rule would be to never divulge how you figured something out….. It allows the other side to make the same mistake again and again.

    The good General should be removed from his command if he can’t keep his mouth shut.

    1. Casey Avatar
      Casey

      I’m willing to wager that the good folks at Air command know EXACTLY what the are doing divulging this kind of information. One possibility would be demonstrating ISIS to be a bunch of untrained and incompetent goons. Another could be an attempt to scare ISIS off of twitter / social media.

      Jokes about “military intellegence” notwithstanding: General Carlisle and ACC know what they are doing.

    2. JohnFerman Avatar
      JohnFerman

      One of the tricks of the trade is to feed disinformation. ISIL knows how easy social media can be accessed – so was the General pointing their eyes in a certain way disasvantagous to ISIL.

  4. Kimberly Goins Avatar
    Kimberly Goins

    Keep doing our work for us

  5. mike Avatar
    mike

    I like all these new creative ways of dealing with selfies. Killed by tiger, gored by bison, GPS guided bomb.

  6. TByte Avatar
    TByte

    So…now the terrorists don’t have to blow themselves up. They can just stand outside their target and post a selfie, and the U.S. will blow it up for them.

  7. Kollo Nabiswa Avatar
    Kollo Nabiswa

    Propaganda…not true!

  8. John Seidel Avatar
    John Seidel

    It does seem odd to give away an advantage by letting the idiots of isis know how you found their hideout. I wish I could understand why it was a good idea to do so. Unlikely as it seems, maybe there was good reason for the military to let this method be known?