A K-9 military dog played a major role in the Special Ops raid and takedown of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province last Saturday evening, Oct. 26, 2019.
The dog is also the only soldier wounded in the raid.
Russ Read reports for the Washington Examiner:
The dog, whose name and breed remain unknown, chased Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi into a tunnel and cornered him. With no place to go, the terrorist leader blew himself up along with three of his children, who he was using as human shields. The dog’s injuries highlighted the importance of military working dogs in special operations. Often, they will enter the danger zone with a camera on their backs before the humans do so.
“The dog is a war veteran and a valued member of the team,” a currently serving soldier assigned to Delta Force told the Washington Examiner. The soldier did not provide details, pending permission from the dog’s handler and chain of command. Everyone involved in the mission is being debriefed and is out of communication for the time being, the soldier said. Within the community, he says, “The injury to the dog is an injury to one of us. These dogs are a special breed of courageous.”
In a tweet on October 28, President Trump declassified an image of the hero dog.
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
Newsweek reports that “Multiple Defense Department sources confirmed to Newsweek on Monday that the dog’s name is Conan,” and that U.S. Army General Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at a Pentagon briefing Monday that the dog was “slightly wounded and fully recovering.”
This was confirmed by Deputy National Security Adviser Victoria Coates. Coates announced on Hugh Hewitt’s radio program yesterday that hero dog Conan will recover.
Daily Wire has another pic of Conan, a male Belgian Malinois: