US President Donald Trump welcomed Conan, the military service dog who helped the US forces to hunt down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
“This is Conan, right now probably the world’s most famous dog,” said Trump, flanked by his wife Melania, Vice President Mike Pence, Conan, and a handler.
“We’re very honored to have had Conan here and to have given Conan a certificate and an award that we’re going to put up in the White House,” Trump told reporters on the steps facing the White House garden.
US Special Forces launched the raid on Sunday morning (local time in northwest Syria), where commandos cornered Baghdadi for an assault operation in a tunnel there.
Marine General Kenneth McKenzie, the commander of US Central Command, which oversees American forces in the Middle East, said previously that Baghdadi brought two young children into the tunnel with him. Both children were believed to be under the age of 12, and both were killed, he said.
“Conan is really a hero,” Pence said of the dog who was injured in operation, which killed the ISIS leader. — (Originally published by Reuters)