Donald Trump said Monday that he can release the footage of the raid that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has killed in the midst of questions about his description.
& # 39; We are thinking about it. We can. The question was, I consider releasing video footage from the raid. And we can take some parts of it and release it, yes, & # 39; the president told Joint Base Andrews reporters as he prepared to leave for Chicago, where he would address an annual police officer and attend party fundraisers.
President Trump watched the special forces operation to kill Baghdadi through drone images, instead of a body-worn camera, and thus did not see the moment when the ISIS leader died, according to military and secret officials.
Trump announced the success of the raid in a press conference and said Baghdadi died & wailing and crying and screaming & # 39 ;, and & # 39; like a dog and a coward & # 39 ;.
He described the video images that he viewed as & # 39; something really amazing to see & # 39; and that it was & # 39; as if you were watching a movie & # 39 ;. Helicopters carried American special forces to the Baghdadi compound, where he hid near Idlib in northwestern Syria.
Halfway through the world, Trump saw the robbery in real-time via a video link as troops shot into the hiding place and the most wanted militant sent the final steps of his life before launching a suicide belt.
Surveillance images on different video screens with different angles of the overhead maneuvers were forwarded via drone to multiple screens in the Situation Room of the White House.
According to military sources, however, the president could not have seen what was happening inside the compound or when Baghdadi fled with three of his children to a dead-end tunnel, according to the New York Times.
President Donald Trump said he was allowed to release the footage of the raid that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi murdered amid questions about his description of it
President Donald Trump watches the Situation Room as US Special Operations forces move closer to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
The site where an American military strike reportedly killed the so-called Islamic state leader al-Baghdadi
There was also no live audio from the daring attack, which was the culmination of years of intelligence gathering and hastily put together as soon as Washington was told that Baghdadi would be in a certain hiding place near the village of Barisha.
To know this detail about the last moments of Baghdad, Trump needed reports from the commandos who had taken part in the operation or had received the information that was passed on to the president through the command structure, claim military sources.
US Special Operations forces have in recent years opted to no longer use helmet cams to transmit real-time images due to the disorienting and sometimes violent nature of the images. There is also the fear that such images encourage immediate intervention by command centers, the New York Times reports.
Yesterday on the Pentagon, military officials avoided the description or crying of Baghdadi.
Defense Minister Mark Esper, when asked about the image of the president on ABC's This week, the & # 39; wailing & # 39; repeated description not.
& # 39; I don't have those details. The president has probably had the opportunity to talk to the commanders on the spot, & Esper said on Sunday.
The & # 39; s commands carried body cameras & # 39; s, but these were not broadcast in real time due to the nature of the operation.
According to Pentagon officials, these images can be downloaded and reviewed after the operation is complete.
A source from the Department of Defense told the New York Times that it was possible for Trump to speak with the Delta Force operators involved in the attack or with their superiors.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, interviewed by his group's Al-Furqan media outlet when he returned in April
The compound was destroyed in an American helicopter raid while Baghdadi fled into a tunnel and then exploded an explosive belt, killing himself and three of his children
The operation came four days after Trump Green started the raid on Saturday, with the President cryptically tweeting: & # 39; something very big has happened! & # 39 ;.
Several other strike options were dismantled at the last minute with helicopters about 500 miles across & # 39; very dangerous area & # 39; flew.
National Security Advisor Robert O & Brien, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs of Staff US Army General Mark Milley and Brig. General Marcus Evans was also present while Trump saw the robbery.
Baghdadi, the president confirmed Sunday, had his suicide jacket explode, killing himself and three children in a targeted attack from one day to the next.
The president praised the operation and death of Baghdad as & # 39; greater than Bin Laden & # 39 ;.
Osama bin Laden, founder of Al-Qaeda and the terrorist leader behind the September 11 terrorist attacks, was murdered in 2011 during an operation of Navy SEALs during the Barack Obama presidency.
Trump told a press conference, referring to the establishment of Baghdad from the so-called Islamic state in 2014: & # 39; this is the largest there is.
& # 39; This is the worst ever. Osama bin Laden was big, but Osama bin Laden was big with the World Trade Center. This is a man who, as he would like to call it, has built a country. & # 39;
A burned-out vehicle at the site hit by a helicopter fire that allegedly killed nine people, including Abu Baker al-Baghdadi, the leader of the so-called Islamic State, near the village of Barisha
People walk around the rubble of destroyed buildings on the site that was hit by a helicopter fire that reportedly killed nine people, including Abu Baker al-Baghdadi, the leader of IS or the so-called Islamic state, near the village Barisha, Idlib province
The president also referred to Baghdadi and those who followed him as & # 39; losers & # 39; and praised that no American personnel had been lost during the raid, but said that a & # 39; talented dog & # 39; was injured.
Trump said Sunday: & # 39; I have to watch a lot of it. No personnel were lost during the operation, while a large number of Baghdad fighters and companions were killed with him.
& # 39; He died after walking into a dead-end tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming all the way. & # 39;
Trump added that Baghdadi has drugged three of his children with him: & # 39; they were led to a certain death. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; He reached the end of the tunnel while our dogs were chasing him. He lit his vest and killed himself and the three children.
His body was maimed by the explosion. in addition, the tunnel had collapsed. But test results gave certain, immediate and completely positive identification.
It was him. The criminal who tried so hard to intimidate others spent his last moments in utter fear, in total panic and fear, terrified of the American troops who came down on him. & # 39;
The president then said, while claiming that he had been looking for Baghdadi since taking office, that he is the only one who makes better use of the Internet & # 39; then ISIS.