The US has released a video of the raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi in Idlib, north-western Syria, over the weekend.
The video shows night vision footage from a helicopter in which shots are fired and dark figures, the assault force, approach a walled compound.
Gen Frank McKenzie of the US Central Command, who hosted a briefing where the footage was revealed, said that six ISIS members were killed in the attack – four women and two men, including Al Baghdadi. He also said that two children, believed to be Al Baghdadi’s, lost their lives when the militant took them into a “hole” – described as a tunnel in previous announcements – and exploded his suicide vest.
Gen McKenzie said two people who were not believed to be affiliated with Al Baghdadi were killed in air strikes after they opened fire on the helicopter, and that non-combatants were detained during the mission and later released.
US President Donald Trump had originally said during a press briefing on Sunday that at least seven were killed in addition to the ISIS leader, as well as three children.
The US raid to find Al Baghdadi, who had been falsely reported as dead several times before, was dedicated to Kayla Mueller, an American aid worker who was taken as a hostage and raped by the militant.
He has now been buried at sea at an undisclosed location.
Click HERE to watch the raid.
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