Donald Trump announced Thursday that next week he will receive Conan, the military dog that participated in the operation against the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, at the White House.
The president confirmed the visit by commenting on an edited photo that went viral among his supporters. "A very nice photomontage, but the 'real' version of Conan will leave the Middle East to come to the White House sometime next week," Trump announced on Twitter past midnight.
The American president accompanied his message with an image in which the president appears hanging a medal of honor on Conan's neck in the White House. The original photo is from a 2017 ceremony in which he distinguished a military doctor from the Vietnam War.RELATED
"Our‘ K-9, "as they call it. 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.
Trump declassified the photograph of Conan on Monday, although without revealing his name, which was known only in the last hours. "We have declassified an image of the wonderful dog that did such a good job of capturing and killing the ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi," he wrote in a tweet. The president then explained that the dog worked with the special forces team to bring down the "number one terrorist in the world."
On the same day, General Mark Milley, head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that during the assault the dog suffered minor injuries. "He performed a tremendous service," he explained. Then he clarified that he had already returned to work, in an undisclosed location.