Pentagon reveals details, video of fast, violent raid that killed ISIS leader Baghdadi – USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon released details and graphic footage Wednesday of the secret raid that killed ISIS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi over the weekend.

Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the four-star chief of Central Command who oversaw the operation, said the raid on Oct. 25 killed six ISIS fighters, including Bagdhadi. 

McKenzie described a fast, lethal strike in which militants from groups not related to Baghdadi were also killed. No U.S. commandos were wounded in the raid. A military working dog sustained injuries from an electrical wire but has returned to duty.

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A photo provided by the Department of Defense shows Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi's compound before the raid that ended in his death.

On Friday, McKenzie briefed President Trump on the risks involved in the raid.

The operation began about 9 a.m. ET Saturday, on McKenzie’s order from his headquarters in Tampa, he said. He remained in contact with the White House throughout the raid.

The American commandos took off from a base in Syria for the hourlong flight to Baghdadi’s isolated, walled compound about four miles from the Turkish border in Idlib province in northwest Syria, McKenzie said.


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