This video claims to show Navy SEALs mentoring and assisting the Peshmerga in the fight against ISIS in Tel Skuf, Iraq. It reportedly was filmed on May 3rd, the day that Navy SEAL Charlie Keating IV died. Based on their behavior in the video, it could have been filmed before his death.
According to Navy Times:
The Navy SEAL killed in Iraq Tuesday was part of a “quick reaction force” attempting to extract a team of American combat advisers who came under attack from Islamic State militants in Iraq’s Kurdish region.
At 7:50 a.m., U.S. military commanders received a “troops in contact” report, and ordered Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Charlie Keating IV and the quick reaction force to enter the fight and help extract the Americans. Keating and his unit arrived in the village and found a fierce fight with Kurdish and American troops in close-quarters combat. Keating was a safe distance from the town of Tel Askuf at 7:30 a.m. when about 125 ISIS fighters descended on the village, maneuvering in small units with 20 armed vehicles and several truck bombs, a defense official said on Wednesday. They pinned down about a dozen American combat advisers there for a one-day mission to meet with Kurdish peshmerga fighters who maintain several combat outposts near ISIS-controlled territory.
“There were bullets everywhere,” said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Baghdad-based spokesmen for the U.S. Defense Department. “He got hit just in the course of this gun battle. Whether it was a sniper or some fighter with his [AK47] is unclear.”
Keating was shot about 9:30 am, and at 10:19 he was medically evacuated by helicopter to a U.S. medical facility in nearby Erbil. He died soon afterward, Warren said.
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