(October 31, 2019 / JNS) The Pentagon released footage on Wednesday of the U.S. Special Forces raid in Syria over the weekend in which Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed. The Pentagon also warned that ISIS may attempt a “retribution attack,” reported Reuters.
The video shows U.S. aircraft firing at ISIS fighters and structures during the raid.
U.S. Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, said during a press briefing that the compound was destroyed “to ensure that it would not be a shrine or otherwise memorable in any way.”
He also said during the conference that al-Baghdadi killed two of his children when he detonated his suicide vest, not three as was originally reported.
The U.S. general also described how the ISIS leader functioned at the Syrian base and how he probably did not use the Internet, instead relying on human messengers.
“I think you’d find (he was using) probably a messenger system that allows you to put something on a floppy or on a bit of electronics and have someone physically move it somewhere,” he said according to the report.
McKenzie warned that ISIS could try to get revenge for al-Baghdadi’s death.
“We suspect they will try some form of retribution attack. And we are postured and prepared for that,” he said.
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