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Pentagon releases new details on al-Baghdadi raid

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First government photos and videos released
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First government photos and videos released

The Pentagon released the first government photos and video clips of the nighttime operation, including one showing Delta Force commandos approaching the walls of the compound in which Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and others were found. This image is from a remotely piloted aircraft of the effects of precision munitions destroying the compound of al-Baghdadi after the raid on Saturday. The attacking American force launched from an undisclosed location inside Syria for the one-hour helicopter ride to the compound, McKenzie said.

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The man who oversaw it all
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The man who oversaw it all

The general who oversaw the U.S. raid on al-Baghdadi provided the most detailed account yet of the operation Wednesday and said the U.S. is on alert for possible ``retribution attacks'' by extremists. Gen. Kenneth ``Frank'' McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, said al-Baghdadi's remains were buried at sea within 24 hours of his death inside an underground tunnel where he fled as special operations soldiers closed in on him.

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The compound had militants who fired against the forces
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The compound had militants who fired against the forces

The image shows close air aviation engaging fighters who demonstrated hostile intent to U.S. forces during the infiltration of the assault force in the raid on the compound of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Saturday. Another video showed American airstrikes on other militants who fired at helicopters carrying soldiers to the compound.

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Compound destroyed
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Compound destroyed

The image shows an image before the raid of the compound of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The U.S. bombed the compound after the soldiers completed the mission so that it would not stand as a shrine to al-Baghdadi.

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"It looks pretty much like a parking lot with large potholes right now"
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"It looks pretty much like a parking lot with large potholes right now"

Displayed at a Pentagon briefing, it shows a side-by-side comparison of the compound of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi before and after the raid. ``It looks pretty much like a parking lot with large potholes right now,'' McKenzie said.

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Al-Baghdadi buried at sea
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Al-Baghdadi buried at sea

Gen. McKenzie said al-Baghdadi's remains were buried at sea within 24 hours of his death inside an underground tunnel where he fled as special operations soldiers closed in on him. McKenzie offered no new details about al-Baghdadi's final moments.

``He crawled into a hole with two small children and blew himself up while his people stayed on the grounds,'' he said when asked by a reporter about al-Baghdadi's last moments and Trump's description of the Islamic State leader as ``whimpering and crying and screaming all the way'' to his death. Baghdadi was identified by comparing his DNA to a sample collected in 2004 by U.S. forces in Iraq, where he had been detained.

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 K-9 Combat veteran injured
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K-9 Combat veteran injured

The general said the military dog that was injured during the raid is a four-year veteran with U.S. Special Operations Command and had been on approximately 50 combat missions. The dog, a male whose name has not been released because the mission was classified, was injured when he came in contact with exposed live electrical cables in the tunnel after al-Baghdadi detonated his vest, McKenzie said. He said the dog has returned to duty.

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Trump's details Baghdadi's final moments
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Trump's details Baghdadi's final moments

In a national address on Suday, Trump described the nighttime airborne raid in Syria's northwestern Idlib province, with American special operations forces flying over heavily militarized territory controlled by multiple nations and forces. ``Last night, the United States brought the world's No. 1 terrorist leader to justice,'' Trump announced at the White House, providing graphic details of al-Baghdadi's final moments at the helm of the militant organization. ``Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead.''

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