With everyone praising Delta Force and the rest of the assault force for the killing of the leader of ISIS, it’s worth taking a moment and reflecting the operations and sacrifices that have led to this moment.

Delta has led the campaign against ISIS since 2015, either by conducting surgical raids or unconventional warfare in partnership with the Kurds.

The following helmet camera footage shows the hostage rescue operation that Delta Force and its Kurdish SOF partners conducted on October 22, 2015. The joint assault force rescued approximately 70 hostages who were facing imminent execution by their ISIS captors. The prison was located near the town of Hawija, Iraq.

The footage shows the later phases of the operation, where the assault force subdues the last remnants of enemy fighters, shepherds the hostages, and begins the critical Sensitive Site Exploitation (SSE) process.