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.