Dog Who Assisted In Raid That Ended In Death Of ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Returns To Duty
One military pooch is making headlines this weekend after President Donald Trump tweeted a photo of the dog, praising him for his role in the raid that killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The dog had been undergoing treatment after suffering minor wounds from the operation and has now since been put back on duty.
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! pic.twitter.com/PDMx9nZWvw
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2019
Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, refused to release the dog’s name for security reasons.
“The dog is still in theater,” Milley explained to reporters Monday at a Pentagon briefing.
He then credited the hound’s “tremendous service” and said it (gender wasn’t released, either) was slightly wounded in the operation to take down the leader of ISIS, the terrorist organization.
The dog is of the Belgian Malinois breed, which is favored for military sensitive missions. This breed is used often, and it was a Belgian Malinois who accompanied Navy SEALs on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
Al-Baghdadi was hiding out at his compound in northwest Syria, about four miles from the border with Turkey, when the dog accompanied U.S. special operations and tracked the terrorist there.
Trump said al-Baghdadi killed himself by detonating a suicide vest after being trapped in a tunnel. Trump lamented that the dog was wounded in the operation.
“Our canine, I call it a dog, a beautiful dog – a talented dog – was injured and brought back,” Trump said.