PENTAGON - Three days after U.S. President Donald Trump stepped up to a White House podium and told the world Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was finally dead, military officials gave the public a glimpse of the raid that ended his life.
Five black-and-white videos, taken by drones flying overhead, show attack helicopters blasting and killing a series of dark figures near the compound who fired on U.S. special forces as they flew in, before the U.S. forces themselves approach, calling on those inside to surrender.
The videos, released late Wednesday, also show U.S. aircraft using precision guided munitions to reduce the area to rubble.
“It looks pretty much like a parking lot with large potholes right now,” said General Kenneth McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, who oversaw the mission. “The operation was exquisitely planned and executed."
What the video and several additional photos did not show, however, were the terror leader’s last moments. In announcing the terror leader’s death on Sunday, Trump said, “He died like a dog.”
“He died like a coward,” the president added. “He was whimpering, screaming and crying.”
But the Pentagon, as it did earlier in the week, declined Wednesday to confirm that account of the IS leader’s last moments, though its account was no more flattering.
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