Trump Releases Identity of Dog Who Helped Take Down Al-Baghdadi, Says White House Visit Is Coming Soon


The identity of the military canine who aided U.S. special forces in eliminating Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi over the weekend has been declassified.

The heroic dog, whose name is Conan, will be returning from service in the Middle East “sometime next week” for a visit to the White House, according to a Wednesday tweet from President Donald Trump.

The president’s tweet came complete with an edited image of Trump awarding the dog with a paw-shaped service medal — a digital creation of the conservative news outlet The Daily Wire.

“Thank you Daily Wire. Very cute recreation,” Trump wrote, “but the ‘live’ version of Conan will be leaving the Middle East for the White House sometime next week!”

Trump had referred to Conan as an “AMERICAN HERO!” in a previous tweet.

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According to Newsweek, a senior Pentagon source said the dog, a Belgian Malinois named for American comedian and late-night television host Conan O’Brien, had partaken in a chase with al-Baghdadi through an underground cave system in Northern Syria during Saturday night’s top-secret raid.

The final moments of this chase resulted in the terror leader’s ensuing suicide by explosive vest.

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Gen. Frank McKenzie of U.S. Central Command told reporters Wednesday that Conan was, in fact, injured during the raid, Fox News reported.

The dog’s injuries were not life-threatening, however, stemming from exposure to live electrical wire during the chase.

Fox News reported he has already made a full recovery, returning to active duty — where the four-year military work dog has seen more than 50 battlefield missions.

Conan, like all MWDs, was trained from birth for service as a front-line operator.

According to the U.S. War Dogs Association, Malinois like Conan are chosen alongside German and Dutch shepherds for their “very aggressive, smart, loyal and athletic” natures.

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“That’s the kind of dog you want to lead a patrol like this,” former Marine MWD handler Ron Aiello told Fox News and The Associated Press. “They are the first line of defense.”

“They go out front,” Aiello said.

Left-wing establishment media personalities and “fact-check” journalists were quick to detract from the celebration surrounding Conan, however, taking the time to issue public statements on the authenticity of the clearly edited image.

“A [White House] official said ‘the dog is not at the [White House],'” CNN reporter Jim Acosta wrote on Twitter.

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Andrew J. Sciascia was the supervising editor of features at The Western Journal. Having joined up as a regular contributor of opinion in 2018, he went on to cover the Barrett confirmation and 2020 presidential election for the outlet, regularly co-hosting its video podcast, "WJ Live," as well.
Andrew J. Sciascia was the supervising editor of features at The Western Journal and regularly co-hosted the outlet's video podcast, "WJ Live."

Sciascia first joined up with The Western Journal as a regular contributor of opinion in 2018, before graduating with a degree in criminal justice and political science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and worked briefly as a political operative with the Massachusetts Republican Party.

He covered the Barrett confirmation and 2020 presidential election for The Western Journal. His work has also appeared in The Daily Caller.