A former member of the United States Special Forces helping aid workers in Iraq has saved a young girl from ISIS sniper fire in the town of Mosul. The rescue, which was caught on video, occurred earlier this month, and has just been released.
David Eubank served for ten years in the Army Special Forces, and now serves as an aid worker in war-torn Iraq, which is under siege from ISIS forces. While assisting in the city of Mosul earlier this month, Eubank witnessed a young girl caught in an open area and taking sniper fire from ISIS militants. As the video below shows, Eubank risked his life by running to the girl and bringing her to safety, all while taking gunfire. Neither was harmed.
“I thought, ‘If I die doing this, my wife and kids would understand,’” Eubank told the Los Angeles Times.
The video shows Eubank readying himself to save the girl behind a tank as gunfire erupts around him. He waited for the coalition forces to drop smoke before rushing into the open area while his colleagues put down covering fire with AK-47-style rifles. The whole event only took about 12 seconds.
Eubank’s daring rescue occurred earlier this month outside a former Pepsi factory. Mosul is currently a premier battleground in the ongoing fight against ISIS. Iraqi forces are engaged in extremely dangerous close-quarters combat with ISIS forces, who are using the dilapidated city streets to set up sniper positions and engage in suicide bombings.
Eubank is used to offering help in dangerous situations. Aside from his decade of military experience, he has also worked as an aid worker in Burma, where he delivered aid to areas where normal volunteers simply could not go. He formed the Free Burma Rangers while living abroad, but the group’s mission has recently focused on the ISIS issue.
Eubank’s wife and three children all live near Mosul, offering aid to local Iraqis victimized by the ongoing conflict.
“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,” Eubank told the L.A. Times.
He and his family are back in the U.S., but Eubank is already thinking of going back, as there is still much work to be done.
Here is the video.