The dog, whose name is classified, was chasing al-Baghdadi in a tunnel when the ISIS leader detonated a suicide vest. For in depth information about the Belgian Malinois, visit the Belgian Shepherd Dog breed page.
Who’s a good dog? The military won’t say, but here’s the first look at the hero pooch.
The dog that was injured in the raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is back with his handler and recuperating from his injuries, Pentagon officials said.
President Donald Trump released a photo of the dog later Monday. On Sunday, he hailed the dog’s actions while describing the Saturday evening raid – but did not reveal any specifics about the courageous canine’s identity. Two U.S. officials confirmed that the breed of the dog is a Belgian Malinois.
The dog was chasing al-Baghdadi down a dead-end tunnel when the ISIS leader detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and three of his children.
The dog suffered unspecified injuries.
A Belgian Malinois named Cairo accompanied the Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden in 2011, and reportedly helped guard the perimeter while the SEALs tracked the al Qaeda founder down. Time magazine awarded Cairo its “Animal of the Year” award in 2011 – before his identity was made public.