in the vicinityVideoWar dog hailed as a hero for the role in the U.S. operation killed ISIS leader al-Baghdadi
Ron Aiello co-founder of the United States war dogs Association to honor past military dogs and concern for current.
The heroic military dog, helped from ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is headed to the White house.
President Trump on Wednesday on Twitter a photo of the dog – whom he identified as “Conan” and said the puppy will be, “so that in the Middle East for the White house sometime next week!”
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The photo of Conan, Newsweek reported was named after the comedian and talk show host Conan O’brien, is clearly edited and shows trump the award of the military pooch a medal. Trump called it a “very nice entertainment,” said but the “live” version of “Conan” a visit to Washington, DC soon.
The Belgian Malinois’ name has not been disclosed, as it was classified information. The name of the dog had remained a military secret because of the nature of the raid that Baghdadi killed on Saturday.
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Conan was injured during the mission, after you are exposed to live electrical cables, while pursing Baghdadi said, through a tunnel under a compound in North-Western Syria, Gen., Frank McKenzie, who leads U.S. Central Command, on Wednesday. The dog that has worked with the special operations forces for the past four years and in over 50 missions of service, in the meantime, back to the active.
McKenzie said, military working dogs, or MWDs, are “critical members of our forces.” Gen Mark Milley, the Chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, said before reporters the hard dog, trained since birth to serve alongside U.S. troops, “is a huge service.”
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Most of the dogs trained to serve in the U.S. military, the Belgian Malinois, and German and Dutch shepherd dogs, according to the nonprofit U.S. war dogs Association. These breeds were selected “because they are very aggressive, intelligent, loyal and athletic.”
“This is the kind of dog you would like to lead a patrol like this,” Ron Aiello, a former Marine dog handlers, and the President of the organization, told The Associated Press. “You are the first line of defense. Go ahead.”
A Belgian Malinois, also with U.S. Navy SEALs to the 2011 raid that killed Al-Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden.
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All of US MWDs are trained, with the 341st Training Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. These animals are “in patrol, drug and explosive detection, and specialized mission functions for the Department of Defense and other government agencies.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.