Thursday, June 4, 2015

Another classic "own goal" in Iraq

It seems that ISIL's famous (or notorious) social media operation can slip up now and then.  The Telegraph reports:

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.

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."

There's more at the link, including photographs of the damage.

Hmmm . . . would a few JDAMS through the front door imply that one's 'friend request' on social media has been declined?



raven said...

So the intelligence morons are spreading the word on how they did it? Epic stupidity here is not limited to the other side.

Anonymous said...

I don't know, Raven. I would have assumed that all the had bad guys learned from Bin Laden's experience about not revealing background (as in, what the landscape is behind you) and other location information already.

The day our side stops spilling the beans will probably be when they run out of beans (or an adult steps in and washes their mouths out with soap.)


Sherm said...

Why would anyone be surprised by a "look at me" general considering what's been heading the government lately.

Dan said...

Maybe the story is as reported....a nitwit posting without thinking.

Or maybe it's ISIS playing the US intel community for fools. There are multiple factions in that region fighting each other. Send someone to stand in front of the HQ for your enemy and post it on
social media, sit back and watch Uncle Sam do for you what you can't
do for yourself....take out the enemy HQ.