US Special Forces soldier-turned aid worker runs through gunfire in Mosul to save a child from ISIS
18 Jun 2017, 12:47 ( 18 Jun, 2017) | updated: 19 Jun 2017, 00:07 ( 19 Jun, 2017)
David Eubank, 56, pulled off the daring rescue recently in the embattled northern Iraq city, where allied forces have been on a grinding offensive to re-take the city from ISIS for the past eight months. Eubank, who founded the Christian humanitarian group Free Burma Rangers after retiring from the US Army, led the group along with his wife Karen and their three children ages 11 to 16, into Mosul after hearing horror stories of ISIS's treatment of civilians.
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. ‘I thought, "If I die doing this, my wife and kids would understand",' Eubank told the Los Angeles Times. Wearing a helmet and ballistic vest, Eubank charged into the kill zone and retrieved the young girl, who had her hair tied with pink ribbons. Eubank returned to find the toddler, but was unsuccessful. Another injured man the team tried to save did not survive.Not long after the rescue, Eubank, who grew up in Texas, and his family returned to the US, but he has said he is already thinking of another mission to Iraq. At the time of the rescue of the little girl, Eubank was embedded with Iraqi troops.(mailonline)