Video: “If I die doing this, my wife and kids would understand” – Heroic former U.S Special Forces soldier turned aid worker runs through gunfire to save a child from ISIS!

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The sun was already scorching when David Eubank, a former U.S. Special Forces operative turned aid worker, caught sight of the bodies. “There was a woman sprawled on her face. Dead,” Eubank said. “A baby, all shot up. Dead. Near them, two old people. Dead. And then you realise all those lumps of rags were kids. Dead dead dead.” All had been shot, he said, by Islamic State snipers cutting down those fleeing the hell their neighbourhood had become as Iraqi forces fought to dislodge the jihadists from their so-called Iraqi capital.

Then, in the distance, Eubank noticed movement among a group of corpses clustered before a wall pocked by bullets: A half-naked toddler stumbled over the bodies; a girl of about 5 peeked from under the hijab of her dead mother; propped up against the wall, a wounded man waved for help.

The sniper fire continued. Eubank and some Iraqi troops quickly came up with a plan: Eubank would try to rescue the girl. It was now or never.

“I thought, ‘If I die doing this, my wife and kids would understand.’ Eubank’s rescue effort was captured on video. As clouds from the smoke canisters swirl about, he prepares to dash from behind the tank to save the girl. He’s wearing a helmet and a bullet-proof vest over a black T-shirt.

He runs out as his colleagues, armed with machine guns, give covering fire. He scoops up the girl with his right arm, stumbling as he runs back. He’s gone and back in 12 seconds. The girl’s hair is in pigtails secured with what appear to be pink ribbons. Another man they tried to rescue didn’t make it after “ISIS lit the place up.”

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