According to a confidential source, speaking to the Washington Times on the condition of anonymity, the U.S. has compiled a major secret map of all media safe houses and yet they will not strike.
The reason? A fear of civilian casualties, which is the exact reason ISIS is picking these heavily residential areas to launch their media operations.
At these locations, ISIS terrorists are compiling, editing and promoting their legion of propaganda materials. It’s also been discussed that many of the execution videos seen across the internet were actually done in front of a green screen in one of these locations in Syria.
These locations are at the center of ISIS’ recruiting and the Obama administration seems confident they can stop it simply by blocking them off digitally.
While striking these locations would be permissible under the law due to them being used for terrorism, it seems the risk of collateral damage is too much. This is drawing fire from both sides of the aisle.
From the Washington Times:
In a secret project tied to the overall U.S. campaign against the Islamic State, intelligence officials have spent months mapping out known physical locations of media safe houses where the extremist group’s operatives are compiling, editing and curating raw video and print materials into finished digital propaganda products for dissemination across the Internet.
Most of the locations are embedded in heavily residential areas in Syria, Iraq and Libya and are not being targeted by U.S. airstrikes because of Obama administration concerns about civilian casualties, according to sources who spoke to The Washington Times only on the condition of anonymity.
Should the U.S. take out these targets? Sound off in the comments below!