Donald Trump Has Honoured Dog Conan Who Assisted ISIS Leader Raid
President Donald Trump has honoured hero dog Conan who assisted with the raid on ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The courageous pooch was celebrated at a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden.
Trump was photographed next to the heroic canine, saluting him for his efforts in bringing down one of the world's most dangerous men - a long-time target of the US government.
Conan was flown over to Washington from the Middle East for the event.
During the ceremony, Trump said: "Conan is a tough cookie. No one is going to mess with Conan."
Prior to the celebration, Trump had previously tweeted a photograph of himself placing a medal around the neck of the highly-trained animal.
"They were going to put a muzzle on the dog and I thought that was a good idea, but then it gets even more violent."
Following Conan's heroics earlier this year, Trump announced that he would be awarding him for his efforts.
Posting a photograph of the dog to his Twitter account, Trump wrote: "We have declassified a picture of the wonderful dog (name not declassified) that did such a GREAT JOB in capturing and killing the Leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi!"
At the time, many people responded to show their appreciation for the dog's efforts.
One said: "True hero, thank you for your service."
Meanwhile, representative for Texas, Jodey Arrington wrote: "This weekend, man's best friend was also freedom's best friend. Wishing a speedy recovery to our favorite four-legged fighter who served our country alongside the brave Special Ops team that took down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi."
The raid that led to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's death took place in north-west Syria, with President Trump explaining that the United States had brought the 'world's greatest terrorist leader' to justice, adding: "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead."
Speaking at the time, Trump said the Islamic State leader died 'whimpering and crying and screaming' after he ran towards the dead-end tunnel.
He added: "The thug who tried so hard to intimidate others spent his last moments in utter fear, in total panic and dread, terrified of the American forces bearing down on him.
"He died like a coward. The world is now a much safer place."
It was reported that many of Baghdadi's team were killed, but the exact number is yet to be confirmed. The US lost no personnel in the operation.
Applauding the troops, Trump said: "This raid was impeccable and could only have taken place with the acknowledgement and help of certain other nations and people.
"I want to thank the nations of Russia, Turkey, Syria and Iraq, and I also want to thank the Syrian Kurds for certain support they were able to give us."
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