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Syrian live-tweets ISIS bombing before the Pentagon announces airstrike


By John McCarthy | Media editor

September 23, 2014 | 4 min read

A Syrian man has become an internet sensation after he live-tweeted news of the US coalition's bombing of ISIS targets a whole half an hour before the Pentagon even announced it would conduct the assaults.

Tweeting from Syria, Abdulkader Hariri who is based in the city of Raqqa, which has a reportedly strong ISIS presence, informed Twitter users of the attacks as they happened - before they were even announced by the US.

The citizen journalist, who now has accumulated a sizeable following of over 8,300 people on the site in the last few hours, said he saw large drones survey the area before “huge explosions shook the city”.

Abdulkader Hariri may be in danger after praising the assault on ISIS

Some of the tweets were retweeted over a thousand times as the world praised the man for his coverage.

Hariri has been crowned as the man who broke the news of the US’ military response to the growth of ISIS in the Middle East. This comes after the group murdered three hostages, including journalist James Foley.

The violent execution footage was later banned and removed from social media websites in a bid to deny the group a platform for its terror. As a result of the tweets, Hariri receiving a massive influx of interview requests from the media.

Additionally, social media users contacted Hariri to wish him well following raids on his doorstep. The US' airstrikes will target only ISIS’ operations however it is likely there will be civilians caught in the crossfire.

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