President Trump tweets photo of military dog wounded in Baghdadi raid
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Oct 30, 2019,
Oct 30, 2019, 1:25
"On Monday, in tweeting a declassified photograph of the dog, Trump said, wonderful dog (name not declassified) that did such a GREAT JOB in capturing and killing the Leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi!"
In an update during a briefing at the Pentagon on October 28, military leaders said two men were taken prisoner.
As for Conan, she suffered slight wounds, but is "fully recovering", said the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley on Monday. "They're in our custody and they're in a secure facility".
Several US allies or powers in the region were given advance notification of the raid, including Turkey, Iraq, Kurdish forces in north-eastern Syria, and Russian Federation, which controls airspace over Idlib.
He also appeared to refer to more than one dog on the scene of the chase, saying Sunday morning that Baghdadi "reached the end of the tunnel, as our dogs chased him down".
"The disposal of his remains has been done, is complete and was handled appropriately", he added, saying it was handled "in accordance with the law of armed conflict".
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Trump, itching to leave Syria, has pushed European states to bring back militants who are their nationals and try them at home. Western powers are especially concerned over the fate of Islamic State extremists in Kurdish detention.
"We're protecting the dog's identity", Milley said, adding that the dog is back on duty and still in the region. But its obituary of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi stands in sharp contrast to the ridiculous product of the Washington Post, which we and pretty much everyone else have ridiculed. While the raid and subsequent processes of identification and body "disposal" were documented in numerous photos and videos, they are yet to go through a "declassification process", according to the United States general.
The troops arrived to a barrage of shots from the ground, reports said.
"Baghdadi and the thugs who follow him were responsible for some of the most brutal atrocities of our time", he said.
"His death marks a devastating blow to the remnants of (IS)", said Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
Esper said there was no guarantee of success for such a complex operation and said Trump made a "bold decision" when he greenlighted it.
The world owes President Trump a debt of gratitude for approving, unlike his predecessor, the aggressive military actions that crushed ISIS and killed its commander. One of the key missions is to keep oil fields out of the hands of ISIS, since they've provided crucial funding for the terrorist group in the past.