In a press interview, the Department of Defense (DoD) released footage of the Delta Force operation that killed the leader of ISIS Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

General Frank McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) also provided additional information about the operation.

According to CENTCOM, the general plan for the operation was a helicopter assault by Delta and the Rangers. They launched from two sites, Erbil, Iraq, and an undisclosed location in Syria. Gen. McKenzie added that “the plan was significantly more complex than that, and designed to avoid detection by ISIS and others prior to and during execution, to avoid civilian casualties. This operation was exquisitely planned and executed. It demonstrates the United States’ global reach and our unwavering commitment to destroy ISIS.”

CENTCOM also released a very brief video of the operation. This is the initial phase where the operators are approaching the target compound. The building is still intact. The assault force breached one of the corners of the building (the one with the raised structure on top) in order to avoid possible booby traps.

Speaking about the last moments of the terrorist leader, Gen. McKenzie said that “when capture at the hands of U.S. forces was imminent, Baghdadi detonated a bomb killing himself and two young children. After Baghdadi’s murder-suicide, our assault force cleared significant debris from the tunnel and secured Baghdadi’s remains for DNA identity confirmation.”