A former US Special Forces soldier has been captured on camera in the worn-torn northern Iraq city of Mosul dodging ISIS gunfire to rescue a young Iraqi girl from the line of fire.
David Eubank, 56, who works as an aid worker, founded the Free Burma Rangers, told the Los Angeles Times that he spotted the small child among bodies of dozens of civilians killed by ISIS snipers as they tried to flee.
The heart-stopping footage shows David – wearing a helmet and a bullet-proof vest – running through a hail of gunshots to grab the girl as two colleagues armed with machine guns provided cover, Fox News reports.
He can be seen scooping the girl – who had her hair tied in pink ribbons – in his arms as scores of bullets fly around them.
The hero said he then went back to rescue another toddler but couldn’t find him among the bodies.
Recalling the dramatic rescue, David told the Los Angeles Times: “I thought, “If I die doing this, my wife and kids would understand.”
David set up Christian humanitarian group Free Burma Rangers in 1997 after retiring from the US army, The Sun reports.
The former soldier took his family to Mosul after hearing horror stories of ISIS’s treatment of civilians.
He said: “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.”
The group aims to help people in conflict areas of Burma, Iraq and Sudan.
They do this by providing emergency medical care, shelter, food, clothing and human rights documentation.
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