The president of the United States, Donald Trump, announced Thursday that next week he will receive at the White House Conan, the military dog that participated in the operation against the leader of the Islamic State (EI), Abu Bakr Al Bagdadi.
"A very nice photomontage, but the 'real' version of Conan will leave the Middle East to come to the White House sometime next week," the White House leader announced on Twitter.
Trump accompanied his message with a controversial photomontage in which the president appears hanging a medal of honor at Conan's neck in the White House, the original image of a 2017 ceremony in which he distinguished a military doctor from the Vietnam War.RELATED
Thank you Daily Wire. Very cute recreation, but the “live” version of Conan will be leaving the Middle East for the White House sometime next week! https://t.co/Z1UfhxsSpT
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2019
Conan became a national hero in the US since Trump revealed that it was the dog who chased Al Bagdadi through a tunnel until the IS leader was cornered, so he chose to commit suicide with a belt of explosives before he was captured.
Trump also revealed that the dog had been injured in the explosion, in which, in addition to Al Baghdadi, two of his minor children died.
"Our 'K-9', as they call him. I call him a dog. A beautiful dog, a talented dog, was injured and taken back (by the military)," Trump said over the weekend during a speech at the White House.
The Pentagon reported after the dog had to be intervened, but was "recovering completely."
The operation took place this weekend at the Al Bagdadi hideout in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, very close to the border with Turkey.
The Conan breed, a Belgian Malinois dog, is the same as the animal that the US military used in the raid that killed Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in 2011.