Who’s a good dog? The military won’t say, but here’s the first look at the hero pooch.
The dog that was injured in the raid that killedISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is back with his handler and recuperating from his injuries, Pentagon officials said.
President Donald Trump released a photo of the dog later Monday. On Sunday, he hailed the dog’s actions while describing the Saturday evening raid — but did not reveal any specifics about the courageous canine’s identity. Two U.S. officials told NBC News that the breed of the dog is a Belgian Malinois.
“We are not releasing the name of the dog right now,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Mark A. Milley, told reporters at a briefing Monday. “We’re protecting his identity.”
The dog was chasing al-Baghdadi down a dead-end tunnel when the ISIS leader detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and three of his children.
The dog suffered unspecified injuries.
“Our ‘K-9,’ as they call it,” Trump said. “I call it a dog. A beautiful dog — a talented dog — was injured and brought back.”