We’ve come to expect a certain level of incompetence from Daesh fighters, however, even for them this is pretty stupid.
Yesterday, pro-jihadi supporters across Europe posted photographs on social media showing pieces of paper with pro-ISIS rhetoric on them, ahead of a speech from Daesh spokesperson, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani.
— Eliot Higgins (@EliotHiggins) May 21, 2016
The social media campaign, the first in months, was no doubt intended to scare The West by showing how deeply rooted extremism was in the heart of Europe.
Unfortunately for the moronic jihadis, that’s not what happened. In fact, all they did was give themselves away.
— Eliot Higgins (@EliotHiggins) May 21, 2016Advertisement
You see, Daesh’s top minds hadn’t banked on the skills of Elliot Higgins, the owner of a social media investigation website, who teamed up with some online sleuths to track down these fanboys.
They did this by looking at CCTV footage and identifying local landmarks, geo-locating exactly where they’d taken the pics.
— Nathan Patin (@NathanPatin) May 22, 2016
Elliot explained to the Indy100:
We crowd-sourced the answer on Twitter, so it was really a group effort. For London it was basically a local IDing the location, then for Holland several people noted the lamp posts were distinct enough to narrow down the locations, then it was just a matter of looking.
[In the] Paris photo the Suzuki sign was ID’d, then it was basically searching for Suzuki dealers in Paris and checking the locations on Google Street view.
Lets hope the police can catch these oxygen thieves before they do any real damage.