A video has emerged that shows a man saving a little girl from Islamic State gunfire. The man who rescued the girl has been identified as David Eubank, a retired U.S. Army Special Forces and Ranger officer.
Eubank, 56, is the founder of the Free Burma Rangers, a volunteer service that offers relief to civilians affected by the conflicts in Burma, Sudan and Kurdistan. Volunteers of the organization are made up of people from different faiths and ethnicities.
Working with Iraqi forces in Mosul, the Free Burma Rangers work to help Kurds under attack by ISIS in Iraq.
Recently, Eubank came across a group of civilians, who were under fire from ISIS. Many of the civilians were already dead. But there were a few survivors, and they were being targeted by snipers who shot at anyone trying to run away.
According to Eubank, he noticed movement among a group of corpses clustered before a wall. A half-naked toddler stumbled over the bodies; it was a girl of about 5 years old.
Eubank and his team worked on a plan to rescue the girl. After smoke canisters were deployed to create some visual obstruction, Eubank ran towards her under the cover provided by U.S.-led coalition forces.
When Eubank reached the girl, he picked her up under his right arm and ran back to a tank his colleagues were using for cover. “I thought, If I die doing this, my wife and kids will understand,'” Eubank said.
The girl was taken to a clinic where his wife works. She too is part of the Free Burma Rangers. Eubank is joined overseas by his wife, Karen, and their three children.
A video of the rescue can be seen below.
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