Picture released of military dog who helped take down ISIS leader
United States President Donald Trump has released a picture of a dog involved in the military operation to take down ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
President Trump took to Twitter to share an image of the dog, who appears to be a German Shepherd. Trump captioned the picture: "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! [sic]"
Watch President Donald Trump announce the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi:
The dog in question was apparently wounded in the engagement, although the extent of their injuries is not yet known.
Texas Congressman Jodey Arrington wrote: "This weekend, man's best friend was also freedom's best friend. Wishing a speedy recovery to our favorite four-legged fighter who served our country alongside the brave Special Ops team that took down ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. [sic]"
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, stated: "We're not releasing the name of the dog right now. The dog is still in [the] theater. The dog, the canine, the military working dog, performed a tremendous service, as they all do in a variety of situations."
Milley added that the dog was: "slightly wounded and fully recovering. But the dog is still in the theater, returned to duty with its handlers. We're protecting the dog's identity."
On social media, a number of Twitter-users have reacted to the news of the heroic dog by making their own image macros:
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a Delta Force raid on his safe house in the northern province of Idlib. According to a report by CNN, a senior US military official claimed that that al-Baghdadi detonated a suicide vest when attacked by Delta Force.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that helicopters were deployed near the town of Barisha, just five miles from the Turkish border, at midnight on Saturday, October 26. The choppers targeted ISIS fighters with heavy strikes for about 120 minutes, with the jihadists failing to repel the aircraft with heavy weapons.