A WOUNDED hero dog was one of the few casualties from the U.S. special forces raid on the Syria compound of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The dog was described as slightly wounded after leaping into the fray on Saturday but is recovering and has been reunited with its handler.
Donald Trump said the dog was ‘beautiful’ and ‘talented’ during his remarks describing the Baghdadi raid[/caption]
President Donald Trump praised the dog in his remarks describing the battle that took place at Baghdadi’s compound – but said he could not be named as his identity was being protected.
The dog “went into the tunnel” where Baghdadi killed himself with a suicide vest, Trump said.
“Our canine, as they call — I call it a dog, a beautiful dog, a talented dog — was injured and brought back,” he said.
U.S. Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was tight-lipped about the identity of the dog when asked at a Pentagon news briefing on Monday.
“We’re not releasing the name of the dog right now. The dog is still in theater,” Milley said, using the term for military operations.
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“The dog, the canine, the military working dog, performed a tremendous service, as they all do, in a variety of situations.”
Milley expressed doubt that photos of the dog would be released any time soon but Trump later tweeted a snap.
“We have declassified a picture of the wonderful dog (name not declassified) that did such a GREAT JOB in capturing and killing the Leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi!,” he said.
The dog was wounded while chasing Baghdadi down the tunnel where he blew himself up[/caption]
Rubble above the site of the tunnel where the ISIS leader is believed to have blown himself up[/caption]
The remaining rubble of where his house stood is inspected after Baghdadi’s death[/caption]
One of the structures hit by helicopter gunfire during the raid[/caption]
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