New Delhi (NVI): A dog of Belgian Malinois species has become an international rage after US President Donald Trump released its photograph, saying the “wonder dog”’ had done a “great job” in the operation to kill ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on October 27.
During the operation by the American special forces at dead of night, the military canine chased Bagdhadi to the end of a tunnel in his hideout, after which one the most dreaded terrorists of the world blew himself up using his powerful suicide vest.
The dog, whose name is yet to be revealed, was slightly injured in the process and is said to be recovering.
“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!,” Trump tweeted and posted picture of the canine, which became a global hit.
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
Earlier on Monday, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley said on Monday, “The K-9, the military working dog, performed a tremendous service, as they all do in a variety of situations. It is slightly wounded and fully recovering.”
Milley, during a joint press conference with Secretary of Defence Mark Esper, added, “But the dog is still in theatre, returned to duty with its handler. So we’re not going to release photos or names of dogs or anything else just yet. It’s a classified unit.”
Trump, while making announcement on Sunday about the operation, had said the US troops landed at the hideout in northwest Syria in eight helicopters along with specially trained canines.
“Nobody was even hurt. Our ‘K-9’ as they call, I call it a dog, a beautiful dog. A talented dog was injured and brought back,” the US President had said.
He said Baghdadi was killed “like a dog” and a “coward”.