One military dog took part in the raid on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s compound. On October 29, United States president Donald Trump, 73, took to Twitter to share a declassified photo of the dog.
“We’re not releasing the name of the dog right now,” U.S. Army General and 20th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, 61, told CNN. “The dog is still in theater. The dog, the K-9, the military working dog performed a tremendous service as they all do in a variety of situations.”
“(The dog is) slightly wounded and fully recovering,” Milley continued. “But the dog is still in theater (and has) returned to duty with its handler so we are not going to release just yet photos or names of dogs or anything else.”
On October 27, 2019, Trump announced at the White House the death of al-Baghdadi. The U.S. president said during a raid, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant leader ran into a dead-end tunnel and ignited an explosive vest, which killed himself and three of his children.
The raid took place in Barisha, Idlib Governorate, Syria on October 26, 2019. It was conducted by the Joint Special Operations Command’s 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (SFOD-D), commonly known as Delta Force through air space controlled by Russia and Turkey.
“He was a sick and depraved man and now he’s gone,” Trump said of al-Baghdadi. “He died like a dog, he died like a coward.”
Al-Baghdadi was born on in Saladin Governorate, Iraq on July 28, 1971. The majlis-ash-shura representing the ahl al-hall wal-aqd of the ISIL selected him as their caliph in June 2014.
The late ISIL leader attended Samarra High School in Samarra, Iraq. He studied Islamic law and the Quran in the Islamic University of Baghdad in Adhamiyah, Baghdad, Iraq, which is now known as Iraqi University.
Here is Trump’s announcement of Al-Baghdadi’s death: