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Daesh affiliated hackers release ‘hit list’ of US drone pilots

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
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A group of hackers affiliated with the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist organization have released a “hit list” of more than 70 people they claim are US military drone pilots.

The list includes the home addresses and photographs of 76 US Air Force personnel who have been involved in drone strikes against the terror group in Syria and Iraq.

"Kill them wherever they are, knock on their doors and behead them, stab them, shoot them in the face or bomb them," the group said.

The hackers also took a jab at US President Barack Obama, saying he has no courage “as he still refuses to send troops” and mount a ground offensive against Daesh.

Obama has resisted numerous US military proposals to deploy military forces in Syria.

“So instead you press buttons thousands of miles away in your feeble attempt to fight us,” the group continued.

The credibility of the information provided by ISIL has yet to be validated as some details are available online including those of Lieutenant General Sean MacFarland, the commander in charge of US-led military efforts against the group.

In reaction to the list, Pentagon spokesman Adrian Rankine-Galloway, said to The Sunday Times that "We take proactive measures to protect our service members and their families and keep them apprised of changes to the security situation.”

However, he refused to comment on the list’s authenticity and only said that it will have no effect on the ongoing anti-Daesh campaign that Washington and its allies have been carrying out since 2014.

The new release comes on the heels of another alleged hit list that was published by the terror group a few days ago, containing personal details of some 3,000 New York residents.

The data also included private information of some employees with the US State Department and Homeland Security.

Daesh terrorists, who were initially trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government, now control large parts of Iraq and Syria.

The group has conducted terrorist attacks in some other countries, including France and Belgium.

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