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Newly obtained video appears to show the joint US-Kurdish raid of an alleged ISIS stronghold in northern Iraq that killed one US service member.
US Army Master Sergeant Joshua L. Wheeler was the first American to die in ground combat with ISIS, and the first American service member to die in Iraq since the war there ended in 2011.
Two videos of the raid have emerged. One was obtained by NBC News from the news website Arab24, which claims to have received the footage from Kurdish military officials.
Another video, which appears to show the same raid, was reported by The Washington Post and obtained from the Kurdish news site Rudaw.
Heavy gunfire can be heard in both videos as alleged hostages wearing bloodied prison attire hurry to safety. The helmet-camera video shows troops moving swiftly through the building near Hawija, Iraq.
Troops conducted the raid in a prison there, hundreds of kilometers southeast of Mosul, US officials said on Thursday. Reuters cited a statement from the Pentagon that said the hostages held there faced imminent mass execution.
The raid was a joint effort by the US Delta Force and the Kurdish Peshmurga special forces, NBC News and The Post reported. An ISIS flag can be seen in the video, which plays out in its entirety from inside the building.
ISIS has been the target of US-led airstrikes in both Iraq and Syria for more than a year.
Business Insider’s military reporter Jeremy Bender wrote that Master Sergeant Wheeler’s killing brings the death toll among the anti-ISIS coalition to three.
A Canadian soldier was killed by friendly fire in March, and ISIS executed a Jordanian pilot, Moaz al-Kasasbeh, in January.