By George Stephens • 29 October 2019 • 14:25
A military working dog that was injured while tracking down the head of the Islamic State has returned to official duties.
President Donald Trump tweeted a photo of the dog that he said worked with a team of special forces in the capture of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a hideout beneath a compound in north-eastern Syria.
The name and other details about the dog remain top secret.
Trump tweeted “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!”
General Mark Milley, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, told reporters earlier on Monday that the animal “performed a tremendous service” in the Saturday night raid.
Al-Baghdadi set off an explosion that killed himself and three children and wounding the dog.
General Milley said the dog was “slightly wounded” but is now recovering and has returned to service at an undisclosed location.
He said the US is protecting the dog’s identify by keeping any information about the canine classified for now.
The US military commonly uses the Belgian Malinois breed to guide and protect troops, search out enemy forces and look for explosives.
The President has invited the classified dog to the White House for doggie treats when he has some leave from duties.
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