An aerial view of the northwestern Syrian village where United States commandos conducted a raid, killing Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (Photo: Omar Haj Kadour/Agence France-Presse)
The video footage of operation that took out the notorious leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, could soon be published according to President Donald Trump. A day after he officially confirmed the death of the world’s most wanted terrorist, Trump compared the raid live feed video, transmitted from the operators on the ground, to “watching a movie.”
The video footage of the military raid could be soon available to the public, President Donald Trump told reporters before he flew to Chicago. He said he may release a portion of the video of that dramatic military operation.
“We’re thinking about it, the question was ‘am I considering releasing video footage of the raid’ and we may take certain parts of it and release it, yes,” Trump told reporters gathered outside Air Force One.
Speaking about the details of the special operations forces raid, Trump revealed that he was directly overseeing the operation on the ground. He watched most of the mission from the White House Situation Room, Trump said on Sunday.
“I got to watch it,” Trump told reporters on Sunday. “We had absolutely perfect – as though you were watching a movie.”
According to Trump, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died “screaming, crying and whimpering,” but that information possible come from the operators who have direct sight on the ISIS leader, because, the footage piped into the situation room would have consisted of overhead surveillance shots of the dark compound with heat signatures differentiating between US fighters and others, intelligence and military officials told the New York Times.
Those cameras would not have been able to peer into the tunnel where Abu Bark al-Baghdadi died, nor provide audio proof of his conduct during the last minutes of his life.
It will be interesting to see the actual event from the video footage and to see the last minutes in the life of the notorious ISIS leader.