Pentagon releases video in al-Baghdadi raid


(CNN) – The Pentagon has released video showing the raid that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

In a statement, Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, Jr. says the video shows forces closing in on the compound and anyone who came outside of the building was checked for weapons and explosives, then moved away from the area.

The United States detained and later released the non-combatants.

“This is a video of the assault force actually closing up to the compound. Those who came out of the building were checked for weapons and explosives and moved away from the immediate area. U.S. detained and later released the non-combatants. The group was treated humanly at all times and included 11 children. I want to make it clear that despite the violent nature of the raid and the high-profile nature of the assault every effort was made to avoid civilian casualties and to protect the child we suspected would be at the compound.”

Video from an overhead drone shows U.S. commandos approaching Baghdadi’s compound.

Other images show U.S. forces taking small arms fire from several locations as their helicopters approached the compound.

Officials say DNA was used to confirm Baghdadi’s identity.

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(This story was originally published on October 30, 2019)

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