The Pentagon has released video footage of the raid that led to the suicide of ISIS leader Abu Bakr-al-Baghdadi in a northern province of Syria.

Fox News – Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., commander of U.S. Central Command, gave a play-by-play of the special operations forces raid on an ISIS compound in northern Syria last Saturday that ended with Baghdadi killing himself with an explosive vest.

Overall, U.S. forces killed six ISIS members – four women and another man aside from Baghdadi – in the raid. McKenzie also clarified that Baghdadi’s explosive vest also killed two children he had brought with him into a tunnel when U.S. troops pursued him.

“He crawled into a hole with two small children and blew himself up while his people stayed on the ground,” the general said.

U.S. Central Command tweeted about the raid, saying, “This was a true inter-agency effort so I commend our partners across the U.S. government,” adding, “The individuals who planned and conducted this mission are quiet professionals, focused on their mission above glory or recognition. Committed people did hard, risky work, and they did it well.”

They added a quote from General Frank McKenzie, CDR USCENTCOM: “This operation was exquisitely planned and executed. It demonstrates the United States’ global reach and our unwavering commitment to destroy ISIS…” –

“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.”

“With the assault force surrounding the compound, we repeatedly urged those inside to come out peacefully.”

“…at the compound, fighters from two locations in the vicinity of the compound began firing on U.S. aircraft participating in the assault.”
– Gen Frank McKenzie CDR USCENTCOM

In a national address on Sunday, President Trump described the nighttime airborne raid in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, with American special operations forces flying over heavily militarized territory controlled by multiple nations and forces. No U.S. troops were killed in the operation, Trump said.

President Trump tweeted an image of the “wonderful dog” that did such a GREAT JOB in capturing and killing the leader of ISIS. There are a lot of Americans who would love to see that footage…

Last night, President Trump tweeted about how American troops have also taken out Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s number one replacement.

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