Thursday, 31 October 2019 12:28

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: US releases first images of raid on compound

Written by Boma Bravura Al
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The US military has published the first footage of the raid in northern Syria that resulted in the death of the leader of the Islamic State (IS) group.

Grainy video showed troops firing at militants on the ground as they flew towards the compound where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was hiding before they moved in on the ground.

Baghdadi fled into a tunnel and killed himself by detonating a suicide vest.

After the raid the compound was destroyed with munitions.

The head of US Central Command, Gen Kenneth McKenzie, said the destroyed buildings were left looking like "a parking lot with large potholes".

Gen McKenzie said two children had died with Baghdadi in the tunnel - not three as previously reported.

He also could not confirm President Donald Trump's graphic description of Baghdadi whimpering and crying as he died.

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