ISIS commanders in the so-called Islamic State might want to make sure GPS is switched off next time they tweet - as it turns out that the US Air Force is using social media data to figure out where the bad guys are.
DefenseTech reports that Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle has been describing how a post on a public forum gave away the location of ISIS troops:
“The guys that were working down out of Hurlburt [an airforce base in Florida], 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.”
According to Carlisle “It was a post on social media to bombs on target in less than 24 hours".
Unfortunately there aren't any more details on this specific operation - including what platform the foolish Jihadi posted on... presumably because the US don't want ISIS to stop updating their status.
As DefenseTech notes, it is a particularly interesting insight as it shows how the alliance of nations bombing ISIS can obtain on the ground intelligence without needing to have boots on the ground.
The news comes just hours after it has emerged that pigeons have now joined the coalition fighting back the Islamic State.