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President Trump Releases Photo of Dog Responsible for ‘Capturing and Killing’ ISIS Leader

On Monday, President Donald Trump released a photo of the U.S. military dog who that helped find, capture and kill ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a raid in northern Syria on Saturday.

‘Wonderful dog’

Trump tweeted, “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!”

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al-Baghdadi was killed Saturday night when he blew himself up along with three children believed to be his before U.S. forces could get to him. The dog is reportedly okay and there were no U.S. casualties.

Trump announced the ISIS leader’s death in a press conference Sunday, where the dog’s role in this mission was described.

Trump Describes the Dog’s Role

“Last night, the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead,” Trump said. “He was the founder and leader of ISIS, the most ruthless and violent terror organization anywhere in the world.”

“No personnel were lost in the operation, while a large number of Baghdadi’s fighters and companions were killed with him,” Trump continued. “He died after running into a dead-end tunnel, whimpering and crying and screaming all the way. The compound had been cleared by this time, with people either surrendering or being shot and killed.”

“He reached the end of the tunnel, as our dogs chased him down,” Trump said. “He ignited his vest, killing himself and the three children. His body was mutilated by the blast. The tunnel had caved in on it, in addition. But test results gave certain immediate and totally positive identification. It was him.”

“The thug who tried so hard to intimidate others spent his last moments in utter fear, in total panic and dread, terrified of the American forces bearing down on him,” Trump declared.

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The Dog Is Okay

Military officials did not comment on the dog’s actions during the raid. President Trump added that the dog received minor injuries during the mission. On Monday, Pentagon officials said that the dog returned to his or her regular duties after the mission was completed, but would not give further details.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, US Army Gen. Mark Milley, said the dog’s name would not be released since it was still in a combat zone and would not comment on its name.

News of the dog’s role in the raid made many wonder about what breed he or she might be and also the name of the animal. According to Newsweek’s James LaPorta his sources tell him the dog’s name is “Conan.”

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“Conan” is reportedly a Belgian Malinois, the same breed used to take out Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in 2011, US officials also told ABC News.

Whatever your name is, buddy, America has just one message in return: THANK YOU!

John Hanson

is a professional writer and editor with over 15 years of experience in conservative media and Republican politics. He has been a special guest on Fox News, Sirius XM, appeared as the guest of various popular personalities, and has had a lifelong interest in right-leaning politics.

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  • God bless that dog And the men that laid their live on the line that night...
    I love animals and it breaks my heart that they are so faithful that they will risk their lives to save us... That dogs needs a big steak and a metal of honor... God bless all those guys that were doing this great deed to get that monster that has killed and order the killing of so many along with the terrible torture they do as well.. Good riddance. Hell's fires are burning bright ....
    God Bless our Great President Trump.. May we have many more victorious moments with him at the helm.. Bringing our men and women home is so wonderful as well.. Guarding our shores instead of playing the role of guardian for the world..
    God bless all our service personal and all those animal that go through training to save us as well.... Please never leave any behind as was did in Vietnam... Those precious dogs starved to death...

  • I really wish the administration would pull our war dogs out of Turkey, I read an update that they were being abused, neglected and starved... they don't deserve that kind of treatment and should NOT be with handlers who don't appreciate or respect them.

  • I really wish the administration would pull our war dogs out of Turkey, I read an update that they were being abused, neglected and starved... they don't deserve that kind of treatment and should NOT be with handlers who don't appreciate or respect them.

  • Good thing Pelosi wasn't in charge. We would have lost all our men and dogs and the terrorists would be parading their town with heads on sticks. Kudos to our brave men and animals who consistently bring these terrorists down and take them out. You are to be admired and held in high esteem for the work you are doing to save the citizens of the United States. Better they are across the ocean than here in our back yards to fight. Thank you for your service. Give that dog and the men a big fat steak and send me the bill. !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • As of now there are no medals for dogs that serve in the military. The U.S. War Dogs Association is currently attempting to persuade the Pentagon to create such a medal for the dogs.
    True heroes..the men women and dog!!!!

  • As of now there are no medals for dogs that serve in the military. The U.S. War Dogs Association is currently attempting to persuade the Pentagon to create such a medal for the dogs.
    True heroes..the men women and dog!!!!

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