ISIS ‘moron’ posts selfie outside command post; U.S. airstrike takes it out, general says
WASHINGTON — Although ISIS is known for using social media for recruitment purposes, U.S. Air Force intelligence has been using it to track down Islamic State militants, according to Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command.
“These (Air Force) 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 at a speech in Arlington, Virginia, on Monday.
Twenty-two hours after seeing the post, U.S. warplanes went in for the kill.
“Long story short .. .three JDAMs take the entire building out,” Carlisle said in the speech to the Air Force Association.
A JDAM is a kit attached to a conventional bomb that converts it into a “smart” weapon, according the U.S. Navy. The kit, made by Boeing and put in the tail of the bombs, uses a global positioning system and internal navigation system to guide the bombs onto targets.
Carlisle did not give details of the type of JDAM bomb or aircraft used, but he gushed about the team at Hurlburt Field, home of the Air Force’s 1st Special Operations Wing.
“Incredible work when you think about it,” Carlisle said of the operation. “And it was these incredible airmen out there doing those kind of things,” Carlisle said.