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Pentagon Releases Video Of Raid That Killed ISIS Chief Baghdadi

Washington, Oct 31 The Pentagon released newly declassified video and images of the two hour raid carried by the US forces to kill ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi from multiple locations as their helicopters approached the compound in northern Syria.

Grainy video showed US troops approaching on foot the high-walled compound in northwestern Syria where Baghdadi was holed up

Video from an overhead drone also shows the commandos approaching Baghdadi’s compound and aerial strikes carried out by US F-15 fighter jets and MQ-9 Reaper Drones to blow up the site once it was cleared.
The commander of US Central Command, Gen. Frank McKenzie, said the DNA used to confirm Baghdadi’s identity was from samples collected during his previous detention at Camp Bucca in Iraq.

Baghdadi fled into a tunnel and killed himself by detonating a suicide vest.

After the raid, the compound was destroyed with munitions.

The head of US Central Command, Gen Kenneth McKenzie, said the destroyed buildings were left looking like “a parking lot with large potholes”.

Gen McKenzie said two children had died with Baghdadi in the tunnel – not three as previously reported.

He also could not confirm President Donald Trump’s graphic description of Baghdadi whimpering and crying as he died.

“He crawled into a hole with two small children and blew himself up while his people stayed on the ground. You can deduce what kind of person it is based on that activity,” he told a news conference.

— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) October 30, 2019
“That would be my empirical observation of what he did. I’m not able to confirm anything else about his last seconds. I just can’t confirm that one way or another.”

Gen McKenzie said four women – who were wearing suicide vests – and one man were killed at the compound.

He said an unknown number of fighters also died after opening fire on US helicopters.

He added: “I want to make it clear that despite the high-pressure and high-profile nature of this assault that every effort was made to avoid civilian casualties and to protect children we suspected would be in the compound.”

Gen McKenzie confirmed that the IS leader had been identified through his DNA – adding that samples had been on file since Baghdadi’s detention in an Iraqi prison in 2004.

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