ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed two of his own children when he detonated his suicide jacket and American troops killed six Islamic State hunters during the attack on his Syrian compound, the Pentagon has revealed.
General Kenneth & # 39; Frank & # 39; McKenzie, who was operations commander of the Delta Force raid, gave the first detailed report of the operation at a Pentagon press conference on Wednesday.
He confirmed that two of the Baghdad children, believed to be under 12 years of age, died when the ISIS leader exploded his bomb after being cornered by US forces.
Celebrate & # 39; threatening & # 39; women who wore suicide jackets and two men who refused to surrender in the compound were killed by American troops, McKenzie said.
The Pentagon also released the first government photo's and video clips of the night operation on Wednesday, including one with Delta Force commands approaching the walls of the compound where Baghdadi and others were found.
Another video showed American air attacks on other militants who shot at helicopters carrying soldiers to the compound.
The US also bombed the compound after the soldiers completed the mission so that it would not stand as a shrine to Baghdadi.
The third video released by the Pentagon showed the drone attack (above) that destroyed the Baghdad compound
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died on Saturday during the Delta Force raid after he retired to a tunnel with his two children as shields and set off a suicide jacket
The approach: American helicopters are shot at by ground fighters
When sketching the operation, McKenzie said al-Baghdadi had been on the compound in the northwestern province of Idlib in Syria for & # 39; a significant period & & # 39 ;.
He said the raid was notified to Trump on Friday and McKenzie decided to continue Saturday morning.
The attacking US troops launched Saturday from an unknown location in Syria for the one-hour helicopter flight to the compound, McKenzie said.
The first video released on Wednesday showed the attack helicopters who came under attack from fighters on the ground as the compound approached.
McKenzie said the ground fighters were not supposed to be ISIS hunters, but nevertheless posed a threat to the raid team.
He said American troops reacted with overwhelming firepower from the attack helicopters.
The video showed how the ground fighters spread when the backfire lit up the ground around them.
General Kenneth & # 39; Frank & # 39; McKenzie, who was Operation Commander of the Delta Force raid, gave the first detailed report of the operation at a Pentagon press conference on Wednesday
The Pentagon also released the first government photos & video clips of the night operation on Wednesday. The compound of Abu Bakr al-Baghdad was pictured above prior to the attack
& # 39; He crawled into a hole and blew himself up & # 39 ;: Delta Force stormed the Baghdad compound and held it in the corner
Among the released images were grainy black-and-white images of American troops approaching the high-wall junction in north-western Syria, where Baghdadi was imprisoned.
The troops approached Baghdad's compound from two different directions.
The special operators used tactical ammunition to blow holes in the walls of the compound and enter it together with K-9 military dog units.
McKenzie said that while non-combatants fled the compound, they were detained and checked for explosives and weapons before being released after the raid.
Eleven children were escorted out of the grounds unharmed.
& # 39; The group was treated humanely at all times and included 11 children, & # 39; McKenzie said.
& # 39; Despite the violent nature of the raid and the striking nature of this attack, every effort was made to prevent civilian casualties and to protect the children we suspected would be in the compound. & # 39;
Six ISIS members in the compound tried to fight back when the American troops broke through the building.
The four women and two men were all killed by American troops. McKenzie said the women wore suicide jackets and in a & # 39; threatening way & # 39; acted.
As the Delta Force operators approached, Baghdadi withdrew into a dead-end tunnel in the compound with two of his own children as human shields.
& # 39; He crawled into a hole with two small children and blew himself up while his people stayed on the property, & # 39; he said when asked about the last moments of Baghdad and Trump & # 39; s description of the ISIS leader as & # 39; whining and crying and screaming all the way & # 39; to his death.
& # 39; When the American troops conquered, Baghdadi set off a bomb that killed himself and two young children, & # 39; McKenzie said.
The first video released on Wednesday showed the attack helicopters that were fired on by ground fighters as the compound approached
McKenzie said the ground fighters were not supposed to be ISIS hunters, but nevertheless posed a threat to the raid team. He said American troops reacted with overwhelming firepower from the attack helicopters
Among the released images were grainy black-and-white images of American troops approaching the high-wall junction in north-western Syria, where Baghdadi was imprisoned
He clarified that the first reports that three children had been killed were incorrect due to a wrong report in the command structure. He said the children turned out to be younger than 12 years old.
No American troops were killed, but a military dog named Conan was wounded in the raid.
Conan is a four-year veteran with the American Special Operations Command and has had approximately 50 combat missions.
McKenzie said a military dog named Conan was injured during the attack. The dog was injured when he came into contact with exposed live electrical cables in the tunnel after Baghdadi had exploded his vest
The dog was wounded when he came into contact with exposed live electrical cables in the tunnel after Baghdadi had exploded his vest, but he is back in service, McKenzie said.
President Donald Trump tweeted that the dog will soon leave the Middle East and visit the White House next week.
The total death toll of the attack was eight: Baghdadi, five other ISIS members and the two children killed by the Baghdad suicide bomb.
Other individuals were killed when militant groups in the area, unconnected with ISIS, became aware of the attack and with & # 39; hostile intention & # 39; to the compound, McKenzie said.
McKenzie said that two men were detained at the compound and extracted by the assault force.
Although the General did not confirm it, at least one of the men removed from the compound is considered the ISIS mole whose inside information led US troops to Baghdadi.
Identify Baghdadi via DNA, seize evidence and destroy his compound
Baghdadi was identified on the spot by comparing his DNA with a sample collected by US forces in 2004 in Iraq where he had been detained.
The team gathered evidence and secured the remains of Baghdad for further DNA testing after the field DNA test had positively identified him.
The attack force spent about two hours on the compound after the attack.
The US managed & # 39; substantial & # 39; collect quantities of documentation and electronics during the raid, McKenzie said, but he would not explain it. Such efforts are a standard feature of raids against high-level extremist goals and can be useful to find out more about the group's plans.
The special operators used tactical ammunition to blow holes in the walls of the compound and enter it together with K-9 military dog units
After a raid on a compound in Syria occupied by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, US special operating forces deployed precision ammunition from an American remote-controlled aircraft to destroy the compound and its contents.
After the attack force had cleaned up the compound and left with the two prisoners, remote missiles were fired at the compound, destroying the building and its contents.
& # 39; At the moment it looks like a large parking lot with holes & # 39 ;, McKenzie said.
The third video released by the Pentagon showed the drone attack that destroyed the Baghdad compound.
The remains of Baghdad were buried at sea within 24 hours of the attack in accordance with international war laws, McKenzie said.
DNA from the remains was further analyzed in a laboratory of the Defense Intelligence Agency and compared to a well-known sample that was taken when Baghdadi was detained at Camp Bucca in Iraq in 2004.
The analysis indicated a confirmed agreement, with a probability of 1 in 104 septillion that someone else could match the known DNA profile.
& # 39; That is for sure, without a doubt, & # 39; McKenzie said.
Although the attack was successful, McKenzie said it would be a mistake to conclude that ISIS has been defeated.
& # 39; It will take them some time to relocate someone to lead the organization, and during that time their actions may be a bit inconsistent, & # 39; said the general.
& # 39; They will be dangerous. We suspect that they will attempt some form of retaliation, and we are prepared and prepared for that. & # 39;
The third video released by the Pentagon showed the drone attack that destroyed the Baghdad compound
Photos of the isolated connection were also released before and after. An overview of the compound is shown before (left) and after (right) the attack
After the assault force had cleaned up the compound and left with the two prisoners, remote missiles were fired at the compound, destroying the building and its contents.
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