President Trump has declassified a photo of the canine that took part in the raid targeting the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Twitter. Chasing the monstrous leader of a jihadist group down a tunnel is not exactly for the weak-hearted. This amazing military dog sealed the fate of one of the world’s most wanted men one fine morning.
It was sent into a tunnel after Al-Baghdadi during an early morning raid in Syria. “They blasted their way in, and then all hell broke loose. It’s incredible nobody was killed. Or hurt. We had nobody even hurt. And that’s why the dog was so great,” declared President Donald Trump. The dog has been celebrated for its heroism and described as “beautiful” and “talented” by President Donald Trump.
At a press conference on Monday, Gen Mark Milley, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, told reporters: “We’re not releasing the name of the dog right now … the dog is still in theatre.” The defense secretary, Mark Esper, said the dog “performed a tremendous service, as they all do”.
The US military commonly uses Belgian Malinois dogs 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, said Ron Aiello, president of the United States War Dogs Association.
“That’s the kind of dog you want to lead a patrol like this,” said Aiello, a former Marine dog handler whose organisation helps active duty and retired military dogs. “They are the first line of defence. They go out front.”
A Belgian Malinois service dog named Cairo accompanied US Navy Seals in the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaida, in Pakistan. President Barack Obama met the dog at a ceremony to honour the commandos.