Pictured: The ‘wonderful’ dog who did a ‘great job’ in killing al-Baghdadi

Donald Trump praised the dog that chased al-Baghdadi on Twitter last night (Picture: AP/PA)
Donald Trump praised the dog that chased al-Baghdadi on Twitter last night (Picture: AP/PA)
A military working dog injured during the mission to kill Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been praised as it was revealed he is already back at work. President Donald Trump tweeted a photo to praise the ‘wonderful dog’ for his ‘great job’ last night. The K-9 fighter’s name was classified, the president said, but officials told Newsweek he is called Conan. Posting Conan’s picture, Mr Trump said: ‘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!’

Military officials have not officially released the dog’s name, saying it was classified to protect his identity.

The Belgian Malinois was injured when al-Baghdadi detonated a suicide vest that killed himself and three of his children after he was cornered by US-led forces inside dead-end underground tunnel overnight on Saturday.
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! Donald Trump Tweet
The military dog injured during the US raid to kill al-Baghdadi (Picture: AP)
General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the military dog ‘performed a tremendous service’ and is now recovering.

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The dog has since returned to duty at an undisclosed location, Gen Milley said. Mr Trump first spoke of the dog’s injuries and heroic efforts when he revealed details of the raid at a press conference on Sunday.

He said: ‘Our “K-9” as they call it – I call it a dog – a beautiful dog, a talented dog, was injured and brought back.’

In 2011, a Belgian Malinois named Cairo was used in the operation to capture and kill Osama bin Laden. The Malinois breed is similar to German shepherds but smaller and favoured by the US military to guide and protect troops, search out enemy forces and look for explosives.

The breed is prized for its intelligence and ability to be aggressive on command.

IDLIB, SYRIA - NOVEMBER 28: A drone photo shows an aerial view of operation area where Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed in, on October 28, 2019 in northwestern Syria in Idlib, Syria . A U.S. raid that allegedly killed Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in northwestern Syria lasted for some four hours, according to local sources. The operation, in which helicopters, drones, and ground units were used, took place a few kilometers away from the Tourlaha camp, where displaced civilians have taken shelter in the northern Idlib province, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to security concerns. (Photo by Ahmet Weys/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
A drone photo shows an aerial view of the operation area where Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed (Picture: Getty)
ABACA Press via Press Association Images. Screen grab of The chief of the Islamic State (ISIS) group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi purportedly appears for the first time in five years in a propaganda video in an undisclosed location. The elusive chief of the IS group al-Baghdadi has appeared for the first time in five years in a propaganda video released on April 29 by the jihadist organisation. It is unclear when the footage was filmed, but Baghdadi referred in the past tense to the months-long fight for Baghouz, IS's final bastion in eastern Syria, which ended last month. Photo by Salampix/ABACAPRESS.COM
Al-Baghdadi killed himself and three children after detonating a suicide vest when he was cornered by US-led soldiers (Picture: AP)
Ron Aiello, president of the United States War Dogs Association said: ‘That’s the kind of dog you want to lead a patrol like this.

‘They are the first line of defence. They go out front.’

President Trump gave a dramatic account of the raid, variously saying there was one dog and multiple canines involved in the raid.

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He said that as US troops and their dogs closed in, the militant went ‘whimpering and crying and screaming all the way’ to his death.

He said: ‘He reached the end of the tunnel, as our dogs chased him down.’

On Monday, security services said they were braced for revenge attacks after the killing of the Islamic State leader.
An aerial view taken on on October 27, 2019 shows the site that was hit by helicopter gunfire which reportedly killed nine people near the northwestern Syrian village of Barisha in the Idlib province along the border with Turkey, where "groups linked to the Islamic State (IS) group" were present, according to a Britain-based war monitor with sources inside Syria. - The helicopters targeted a home and a car on the outskirts of Barisha, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, after US media said IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was believed to be dead following a US military raid in the same province. Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said the helicopters likely belonged to the US-led military coalition that has been fighting the extremist group in Syria. (Photo by Omar HAJ KADOUR / AFP) (Photo by OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP via Getty Images)
It is understood that al-Baghdadi had been living at the site in northwestern Syria where he was found and killed (Picture: AFP)
President Trump watched the mission from the Situation Room of the White House
President Trump watched the mission from the Situation Room of the White House (Picture: Getty)
Richard Kemp, former head of international terrorism intelligence at the Cabinet Office, warned that there could be a ‘violent retaliation’ for his death.
Comparing it to al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s death in 2011, he said: ‘When bin Laden was killed, al-Baghdadi unleashed violent retaliation. ‘Security services will now be braced for attempts to avenge his death’ Other countries have also placed their security services on red alert, with French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner issuing a letter to police in France, Reuters reports. The letter warns officers to look out for the ‘possible intensification of jihadist propaganda following [al-Baghdadi’s] death, which could possibly call for acts of vengeance’.

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It adds the potential for terrorist attacks requires officers to operate with ‘extreme vigilance, notable during public events in your departments in coming days’.

European leaders have meanwhile emphasised that Isis has not been entirely vanquished after al-Baghdadi’s death, despite Mr Trump’s enthusiastic statement. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said over the weekend: ‘The battle against the evil of Daesh is not yet over.’