President Donald Trump has commended the 'wonderful dog' that took part in the raid against ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
During a press conference at the White House on Sunday, Trump gave some insight into the dog's role as he explained that Baghdadi 'reached the end of the tunnel, as our dogs chased him down,' adding: "He ignited his vest, killing himself and the three children."
Posting the picture to his 66 million Twitter followers and pinning it to the top of his account, Trump wrote: '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!'
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! pic.twitter.com/PDMx9nZWvw— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2019
Many people have responded, to show their appreciation for the dog's efforts. One said: "True hero, thank you for your service."
Representative for Texas, 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."
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, said the name of the dog — who appears to be a very good boy or girl — remained classified.
"We're not releasing the name of the dog right now. The dog is still in theater. The dog, the canine, the military working dog, performed a tremendous service, as they all do in a variety of situations. Slightly wounded and fully recovering. But the dog is still in theater, returned to duty with its handlers," Milley said. "We're protecting the dog's identity."
Belgian Malinois are known for their work ethic and intelligence and widely used by the military and law enforcement. A Malinois named Cairo famously accompanied U.S. commandos on the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden.