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US releases Baghdadi raid video
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US releases Baghdadi raid video

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The declassified, grainy, black-and-white aerial videos from Saturday's raid showed US special operations forces closing in on the compound and US aircraft firing on militants nearby.

The US department of defense, the Pentagon, on Wednesday released the image of US commando raid in Syria which led to the death of Islamic State(IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

This is the first image released by the US after the declaration of the killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. US also warned that the militant group, IS, may attempt to stage a revenge attack.

The image, a black-and-white aerial video from Saturday's raid showed US special operations forces closing in on the compound and US aircraft firing on militants nearby.

Gen Frank McKenzie CDR USCENTCOM tweeted about the operations: "This operation was exquisitely planned and executed. It demonstrates the United States' global reach and our unwavering commitment to destroy ISIS...".

In the video, the rising of the black plume of smoke can also be seen emanating from the ground where US military bomb attacks leveled Baghdadi's compound. "It looks pretty much like a parking lot, with large potholes," said Marine General Kenneth McKenzie, the commander of US Central Command, which oversees American forces in the Middle East.