Pentagon Releases First Images From US Mission That Lead to ISIS Leader’s Death

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon Wednesday released the first images and videos of last week’s U.S. military mission that lead to the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

“The operation was exquisitely planned and executed,” Marine Corps Gen. Ken McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, said during a press briefing at the Pentagon.

“We are under no illusions that ISIS is going to go away because we killed Baghdadi. It will remain,” McKenzie, who oversaw the mission, said. “They will be dangerous and we suspect that they will try some form of retribution attack and we are postured and prepared for that.”

Similarly, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Monday at the Pentagon that Baghdadi’s death would send a forceful message to terrorists.


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