Paul Lewis arrived at the U.S. embassy in Tehran as Marine security guard about 14 hours before it was taken over by a mob of people who claimed to be student protesters. In fact, it was the first Iranian terrorist attack on the United States in a conflict that turned 40 years old on Monday.
"This isn't a day I usually celebrate," said Lewis, who was a sergeant at the time.
The Iranian hostage takers initially thought Lewis was a spy so they kept him separate from the other Americans and interrogated him intensely for the first month of his 444-day captivity, he told Task & Purpose on Monday.
ISIS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's compound disappeared in a mushroom cloud after being obliterated by a U.S. airstrike following the successful Oct. 26 Delta Force raid, according to video released by the Pentagon on Wednesday.
"It looks pretty much like a parking lot with large potholes right now," said Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command.
McKenzie, who was the operational commander for the special operations raid into northwest Syria, revealed more details about the mission during a Pentagon news briefing.