Pentagon issues declassified images and video from the raid that killed ISIS leader

The Pentagon has released brief black-and-white aerial footage of the attack.

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  • The ISIS leader crawled into a hole with two small children and blew himself up while his people stayed on the ground- Mckenzie
  • The DNA used to confirm Baghdadi’s identity was from samples collected during his previous detention at Camp Bucca in Iraq- General Frank Mckenzie

On Wednesday, head of US Central Commander, General Frank Mckenzie issued publicized photos and video of the raid in which Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Daesh leader died in Idlib province of Syria.The Pentagon has indicated brief black-and-white aerial footage of the attack and the subsequent shelling of Baghdadi’s compound in northern Syria.

The commander of US Central Command said, “The DNA used to confirm Baghdadi’s identity was from samples collected during his previous detention at Camp Bucca in Iraq”.

Daesh Leader blew himself

However, McKenzie added, “the terror leader crawled into a hole with two small children and blew himself up while his people stayed on the ground. So you can deduce what type of person that is based on that activity.”

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“They will be dangerous. We suspect they will try some form of retribution attack,” he said. “We don’t see a bloodless future because unfortunately, this ideology is going to be out there.”

McKenzie’s projection

However, McKenzie projected that the drive against Baghdadi would weaken ISIS’s competencies.

“We think there’s a way to get to a point where it’s going to be less and less effective over time,” he said. “It will take them some time to reestablish someone to lead the organization and during that period, their actions may be a little bit disjointed.”

McKenzie said that four women and one man were executed in return for fire as US forces attacked the complex. Two men were taken, prisoner.

“After this engagement, and once established inside the compound, US forces discovered Baghdadi hiding in a tunnel. When capture at the hands of US forces was imminent, Baghdadi detonated a bomb, killing himself, and two young children that were with him,” he said.

“Following collection of samples for formal DNA analysis, Baghdadi’s remains were buried at sea, by the law of armed conflict within 24 hours of his death.”

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