The “hero” dog wounded in the U.S. commando raid that culminated in the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is getting a White House homecoming next week, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday.
Mr. Trump revealed that the military dog, a Belgian Malinois, is named “Conan” — heretofore a closely guarded secret because the information could be used to identify the special forces unit that carried out the raid in Syria over the weekend.
Trump posted a photomontage on Twitter showing him bestowing a medal of honour on the dog with the legend: “AMERICAN HERO.”
“Very cute recreation, but the ‘live’ version of Conan will be leaving the Middle East for the White House sometime next week!” he tweeted.
Conan was injured chasing Baghdadi into a dead end tunnel in his Syrian hideout, where the cornered IS leader detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and two children, according to the U.S. account.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, said earlier this week that the dog was expected to make a full recovery and was already back with his handlers.