This Syrian Man Is Livetweeting the U.S. Strikes Against the Islamic State

This Syrian Man Is Livetweeting the U.S. Strikes Against the Islamic State

The U.S. and international partners announced on Monday at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time that airstrikes had begun in Syria as part of a campaign to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State. 

Abdulkader Hariri knew before everyone else.

Hariri, who lives in Raqqah, Syria, began tweeting about the airstrikes at 9 p.m. EDT, a full 30 minutes before news broke to the rest of the world:

You can follow Hariri on Twitter at @3bdUlkaed6r:

This is what war sounds like in the 21st century.

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Jared Keller

Jared Keller is the former director of news at Mic.

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