Heart-stopping moment when former special forces soldier runs through ISIS gunfire to save young girl
June 19, 2017
It was a “heart-in-the-throat” moment when an aid worker ran through a hail of bullets in Iraq to save a young girl’s life.
56-year-old David Eubank, a former US Special Forces soldier turned aid worker, rescued a young child in the war-torn northern Iraqi city of Mosul after he saw a group of civilians being gunned down by the Islamic State snipers. His heroic rescue was caught on video.
The video shows him wearing a helmet and a bulletproof vest and make a dash for the girl while two of his colleagues provide covering, and fire with machine guns.
He had spotted another toddler and an injured man too, but was unsuccessful in finding the toddler after rescuing the young girl. The injured man was rescued but did not survive.
They are part of the Free Burma Rangers, a humanitarian group that David set up in 1997 after retiring from the US army.
He didn’t think twice about his own safety. “I thought, ‘If I die doing this, my wife and kids would understand,'” he told the Los Angeles Times in an interview.
He took his wife and three children aged 11 to 16 with him to Mosul after hearing the horror stories of ISIS’s treatment of civilians. The children were homeschooled by his wife during that period.
“I believe God sent me here, and I don’t think about security… but I always ask myself if I’m doing it out of pride,” he said.
Shortly after the dramatic rescue, Eubank returned to the US but he is considering having another mission to Iraq