President Donald Trump on Monday, November 25th has honoured the military dog involved in the raid that led to the death of Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
“Conan did a fantastic job,” the US president told the White House press corps, assembled for a brief, unannounced ceremony with the Belgian Malinois and its handler.
“So this is Conan right now, probably the world’s most famous dog. So brilliant, so smart,” said Trump, joined for the event by First Lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence who lavished praise of his own on the four-legged “hero.” “
According to the US account of the raid on Baghdadi last month, Conan cornered the jihadist leader in a dead-end tunnel in his Syrian hideout, where Baghdadi detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and two children. Conan was injured by the electric cables exposed in the detonation but appeared to have made a full recovery.