US President Donald Trump publicly presented Conan on Monday, the dog who became a hero for his role in the raid that led to the death of the Islamic State (EI) leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.
"The dog is amazing," Trump said in a brief ceremony, while the Belgian shepherd sat next to him with a trainer. Also present were First Lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
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“So bright, so smart. Conan did a fantastic job, ”added Donald Trump.
In the raid last month, Conan chased Baghdadi through a dead-end tunnel in his Syrian hiding place, where the cornered leader of the Islamic State detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and two children, according to the United States report.
Conan was injured by the electrical wires exposed in the detonation, but seems to have recovered completely.
Trump introduces Conan, the "incredible" dog injured in the raid in which Baghdadi died. Photo: AFP.
“Conan was very badly injured, as you know. They thought maybe he wasn't going to recover. In fact he recovered very quickly and since then he has made very important raids, ”said Donald Trump.
The dog's identity had been a very well kept secret until he was declassified by Trump, who retweeted a photo of the dog after the raid in Baghdadi's den.
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Details about Conan's life, his achievements and family history are scarce, although his race has certainly achieved great feats in the past: the Navy's elite command, the Navy Seals, used a Belgian Malinois in the raid of 2011 in Pakistan that killed al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.
General Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., head of the United States Central Command, has said that Conan was a "critical member of our forces" and mentioned his impressive record of 50 combat missions in four years of service.