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28/10/2019 22:17 GMT

The US Military Dog Injured While Tracking Down ISIS Chief Is Back On Duty

Donald Trump tweets "declassified" photo of hero dog that helped capture Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

A military working dog that was wounded while tracking down the head of the Islamic State is back on duty.

President Donald Trump tweeted a photo of a Belgian Malinois that he said worked with a team of special forces in the capture of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a tunnel beneath a compound in north-eastern Syria.

The name and other details about the dog remain a secret.

“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!,” the president tweeted.

Gen Mark Milley, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, told reporters earlier on Monday that the animal “performed a tremendous service” in the Saturday night raid.

Al-Baghdadi set off an explosion that killed himself and three children and apparently wounded the dog.

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In this photo provided by the White House via the Twitter account of President Donald Trump after it was declassified by Trump, a photo of the military working dog that was injured tracking down Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a tunnel beneath his compound in Syria. Joint chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley told reporters Monday that the animal "performed a tremendous service" and said the dog was "slightly wounded" but is now recovering and has returned to duty at an undisclosed location. The dog's name remains classified. (White House via AP)

Gen Milley said the dog was “slightly wounded” but is now recovering and has returned to duty at an undisclosed location.

He said the US is protecting the dog’s identify by keeping any information about the canine classified for now.

The US military commonly uses the Belgian Malinois to guide and protect troops, search out enemy forces and look for explosives.

The dog, whatever its name, lit up social media: