Terrorist’s selfie helps US bomb IS headquarters in Syria

New York, June 6 (IANS) Selfies are not for everyone – not for terrorists for sure. An Islamic State (IS) terrorist took a selfie with the ISIS headquarters building in Syria in the backdrop, and the centre was bombed in less than 24 hours by the US Air Force.

The location was tracked down using the selfie as a reference point, The Times of Israel reported.

According to US Air Force General Hawk Carlisle, the airmen from Hurlburt Field, Florida were the first to look and scan the selfie.

Carlisle described the terrorist as a “moron.”

“The (airmen) were combing through social media and they see some moron standing at this command,” Carlisle was quoted by reports as saying.

“The intelligence team, shortly bombed the site in Syria”, he said.

“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,” Carlisle posted.

According to UN, Syria has been the epicentre of heavy conflict since March 2011, resulting in the death of 220,000 people.

The US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, “The US-led military campaign to eradicate Islamic State (IS) has killed more than 10,000 of its fighters in Iraq and Syria in last nine months.”

The countries conducting airstrikes in coalition in Syria include US, Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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