The president of the United States, Donald Trump, “declassified” on Monday the photograph of one of the participants in the military operation that ended with the leader of the Islamic State Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. This is a military dog, whose important task was to track the former ISIS leader.
The president shared on his Twitter account an image of the dog: it is a Belgian shepherd Malinois, one of the four varieties that this breed has.
"We have declassified an image of the wonderful dog (name not declassified) that did such a good job of capturing and killing the ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi," he wrote in his tweet.RELATED
Trump explained that the dog worked with the special forces team to bring down the "number one terrorist in the world," who died hiding in a tunnel under a complex in northeastern Syria. However, his name and other details remain in secret.
This Monday, General Mark Milley, head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that during the assault the dog suffered minor injuries and that he did "an incredible job."
The animal "performed a tremendous service" in the raid on Saturday night, he reiterated. He added that currently, the dog is recovering and has returned to work, in an undisclosed location. The general warned that the United States government is protecting the identity of the dog and therefore every detail remains classified.
"We are not giving the name of the dog at this time because it is still on the scene," he said.
This faithful member of the US army was injured in the explosion that ended Al-Baghdadi's life. To escape the US forces, the jihadist leader took refuge in the tunnel, but when he was cornered he detonated his explosive vest, causing his own death and that of three of his children.
Not disclosing the animal's identity is a precautionary measure for the troop, as enemy groups could identify the agents who participated in the raid and there could be reprisals.
The United States Army commonly uses these types of dogs to guide and protect its troops during the search for explosives and enemy forces. The breed is appreciated by the military for its great intelligence and instinct. In addition, they are the first line of defense in this type of operations.
How was the mission that ended the life of the head of ISIS
The secret operation began after midnight in northern Syria, was executed by dozens of American elite soldiers and lasted four hours. It occurred in the Idlib region in northwestern Syria. "It was as if you were watching a movie," said Donald Trump when he announced the operation, in which he said "there were no casualties" between special commands while a stop number of jihadists perished.
Trump reported that after the emergence of US commandos at the complex where Al Baghdadi was located, the ISIS chief fled along with three of his children through a tunnel while being chased by dogs and US soldiers. When he saw himself with no way out, he blew himself up with an explosive vest next to the three children. "He died like a coward: whining, crying, screaming," Trump said.
The raid, which began after midnight, focused on the complex where Baghdadi and his family were hiding in the town of Barisha, near the Turkish border. The US president said that the operations arrived by air, where they were received by the machine guns of the terrorists.
"No (American) personnel died in the operation, while a large number of Baghdadi fighters and comrades were killed along with him," the president insisted. "
The assault was jointly executed by between 50 and 70 members of the Delta Force and the United States Army Rangers. The operation also involved eight combat helicopters that departed from Erbil, the capital of the Iraqi Kurdistan region.