The Pentagon Releases Aerial Footage Of U.S. Forces Attacking al-Baghdadi Compound

The Pentagon has declassified and released ariel footage of the operation U.S. special forces conducted against the compound of former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The black and white video shows the special forces in action and the later bombing which resulted in the eventual killing of the former ISIS leader.

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The commander of U.S. Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie, confirmed the bombing took place after the special forces unit left the compound.

“Here we see the object of the assault-the compound where Baghdadi was hiding. As I noted earlier, this isolated compound was in Idlib province in northwest Syria,” McKenzie said in a tweet highlighting the raid.


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ABC News reports:

Nearly 100 U.S. troops were transported by eight Chinook helicopters from a staging base inside Syria, taking fire as they arrived at al-Baghdadi’s compound in northwestern Syria near the town of Idlib, McKenzie said. The general told reporters that he suspected al-Baghdadi was hiding there because of the pressure the U.S. and its partners had placed on ISIS in eastern Syria.

Between 10 and 15 militants — not affiliated with ISIS — were killed by the U.S. as they approached the compound to try and investigate what was going on. Video footage that emerged earlier this week showed a white van riddled with bullets outside the compound. McKenzie said that was a vehicle carrying some of these militants who demonstrated hostile intent.

While no U.S. troops were killed in the operation, a U.S. military working dog of the Belgian Malinois breed was slightly wounded after cornering al-Baghdadi in a dead-end tunnel before he detonated his suicide vest, killing himself and two children. The unidentified dog is already back on duty and remains in the region, the Pentagon has said.

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