Source: Brian Wang
The USA has had drone and airstrike capabilities for over two decades but the quality of recent US assassinations suggests improved long-term target tracking. This is likely due to a combination of AI, big data and improved imaging and regular intelligence and military operations.
I think the situation is similar to WW2 when the allies had the advantage over Germany by breaking the Enigma code. I think the US is using some new technologically based advantages and but then using regular technology to carry out the actions.
Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy of the militias known as the Popular Mobilization Units and a close adviser to Soleimani, was also killed in the airstrike near Baghdad’s airport.
ISIS leader Baghdadi was killed in a Seal team raid.
The Soleimani and Baghdadi hits look like the US has improved capabilities to track and time hits.
The US has killed many ISIS second in commands before but they killed the second in command at nearly the same time as the Baghdadi operation.
New air strikes targeted Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces umbrella grouping of Iran-backed Shi’ite militias near camp Taji north of Baghdad have killed six people and critically wounded three.
I think the US is using some better imaging capabilities, sensors and AI for improved tracking.