The US Defense Department on Wednesday released several photos and videos of the military operation that led to the death of the Daesh leader.
The US Defense Department on Wednesday (October 30th) released the first images of the military raid on Syria last weekend that led to the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, warning that the jihadist group could attempt to carry out an attack in retaliation.
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The aerial images, in black and white and grainy, show US special forces approaching the compound in which Al-Baghdadi was, while a US plane was firing on fighters located near the building. Another video, the most spectacular, shows a thick cloud of black smoke rising from the ground after American bombs have shaved the complex.
The Pentagon has released aerial footage showing the U.S. assault force approaching the compound of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
– ABC News (@ABC) October 30, 2019
General Kenneth McKenzie, head of the US Central Command who oversees the troops deployed in the Middle East, said the destruction of the building was partly aimed at “to make sure that this one would not be a sanctuary nor memorable in any form”.
“The mission was a difficult, complex, and precise raid that was executed with the highest level of professionalism, and in the endest tradition of the US military.” @CENTCOM Order Gen. Frank McKenzie Jr. pic.twitter.com/5tU7mZw1hv
– Department of Defense (@DeptofDefense) October 31, 2019
The Pentagon has made some clarifications about the progress of the operation. When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi detonated the bomb he was carrying in the tunnel in which he was cornered, the detonation killed, in addition to himself, two young children, and not three like the American authorities. initially claimed.
“In addition to two children”, “six IS members are dead in all” during the raid: “four women and two men including Baghdadi”said General Kenneth McKenzie, chief of the US Central Command. Women acted “threateningly” and wore explosive vests. He assured that eleven other children had been “protected by the assault forces” and two captured men. Electronic equipment and quantity documents“substantial” have been seized.
The general warned that the IS would probably attempt to organize an attack in retaliation. “We are posted and we are prepared for that”he assured.