WATCH: Video Released by Military Killing ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi
On Wednesday, US Central Command authorized the released images, details and video of Saturday’s raid killing the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghadadi.
Here’s what General Kenneth F. McKenzie said:
“As it became clear that we had gained clear and actionable intelligence on his hideout, we developed a plan designed to capture or kill him and started preparing a special operations team for the mission,”
“We chose the time based on a variety of factors, weather, certainty, lunar data, a variety of things,” McKenzie continued. “And while might have been convenient to use bases there, the United States military has the capability to go almost anywhere and support ourselves, even at great distances, so that was not a limiting factor. We struck because the time was about right to do it then, given the totality of the intelligence, and the other factors that would affect the raid force going in and coming out.”
This is the final video clip showed the the compound on fire, it was titled: “Burning Compound: Remotely Piloted Aircraft footage of the effects of precision munitions destroying the compound.”