*NOTE: Scroll Down to Bottom of Article to See RARE Delta Force Commando Helmet-Cam Footage of Raid
by, Grant | Breaking 911
Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he made the decision that U.S. Special Forces would assist Kurdish/Iraqi Peshmerga partners in the raid on an ISIS prison in Iraq to rescue 70 hostages after intelligence indicated a mass execution was imminent.
By having U.S. forces accompanying Kurdish/Iraqi Peshmerga fighters and providing airlift support for the hostages, lives were saved and a significant cache’ of intelligence was collected, the defense secretary told Pentagon reporters.
Carter expressed his condolences to the family of U.S. Army Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, who died from his wounds when ISIS forces attacked U.S. and Peshmerga fighters.
Video courtesy of: CNN
The secretary emphasized that since he became defense secretary early this year, he has ensured the Defense Department would remain laser-focused on the execution of our counter-ISIS strategy.
Delivering the lasting defeat to ISIS will require us to learn, evolve and adapt over the course of a determined campaign to carry out this strategy, he said.
The rescued hostages had expected to be executed that day by their ISIS captors, Carter said.
He added, Not only did our support help prevent another mass killing, we enabled those partners of ours to deliver ISIS a clear defeat, and prevented them from broadcasting a horrific massacre to the world.
RARE Video of U.S. Delta Forces and Kurdish Peshmerga Rescuing 70 Hostages Held by ISIS for Mass Execution
Video courtesy of: KURDISTAN ARMY
Video description: US soldiers and Kurdish Peshmerga forces have freed 70 hostages in the Kurdish region of North Iraq.. The Pentagon says they were being held by Daesh in a village near the city of Hawija. A spokesman says at least 20 Daesh(isis) militants were killed in the raid. One US soldier also died. It was the first American combat death since the US’ withdrawal from Iraq in 2011.