The video found below shows three Americans working in a humanitarian support role for the Iraqi Army during the Battle of Mosul in 2017. The three men stormed forward in order to rescue a little girl and two men who had survived a mass-execution by ISIS fighters. They did so with only an Iraqi M1A1 Abrams tank and a smokescreen as their cover.
Ephraim Mattos, sporting the fixed-butt AK and backwards ballcap, is a former Navy SEAL and CEO of Stronghold Rescue & Relief. He was shot in the leg as they were egressing.
It’s not often that you get to see the actions and emotions of men during combat. The reaction of the Dave Eubank, the team leader who ran and picked the little girl, in particular, is haunting. Eubank is a former Special Forces officer who now leads the Free Burma Rangers.
Stronghold Rescue & Relief is a non-profit organization that provides humanitarian assistance to those in need in conflict zones.