Military Working Dog Injured in the Baghdadi Raid Returns to Service

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

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Georges Salines, whose daughter Lola died at the Bataclan, told The Associated Press he welcomed the announcement of the IS leader's death with a "sense of satisfaction". "Another president should have gotten him, but to me it was a very important", he said.

"Subsequently, US forces, in coordination with Iraq's National Intelligence Service, carried out an operation which led to the elimination of the terrorist al-Baghdadi". "But I assume it was talking directly to unit members". He took three young children with him as he fled American soldiers, likely in hopes that they would deter an attack, and then detonated his own suicide vest while they were all cornered in a dead-end tunnel. "We help with the dogs that have PTSD, we have a program for that", he said.

Mazloum Abdi, the commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, said his group's intelligence co-operated with the U.S. military to target al-Muhajir, who was a key aide to al-Baghdadi, in a village near Jarablus in northwestern Syria.

Trump's decision to pull back US troops from northeastern Syria raised a storm of bipartisan criticism in Washington, including statements that the American pullout could help IS regain strength after losing all the territory it once controlled.

"Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi led a campaign of mass violence and terror that devastated the region and threatened the world".

According to The Times report, the raid was made possible by the help of Kurdish intelligence officials in the region, who have likely fled or relocated amid a Turkish invasion after the US withdrawal. The name, a nom-de-guerre, indicates that he is a foreigner, and he was also believed to be a possible successor to al-Baghdadi. Mr Trump said United States aircraft were able to return fire, eliminating the threat before landing safely.




Despite Mr Trump's insistence, Baghdadi is hardly the United States household name that Bin Laden was.

The hero dog - name still a mystery - was unveiled in a tweet, reading: "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!"

On Sunday, Trump went on air to announce that the U.S. forces have eliminated al-Baghdadi in "a daring night-time raid" in northwest Syria, involving special forces and aviation assets.

President Emmanuel Macron described the news as a "hard blow" against IS but said the "fight continues". Esper said there were several options available to Trump with regard to the kinds of operations, with the president deciding to launch a ground raid.

Baghdadi's body was "mutilated by the blasts", so USA forces had to use a DNA test onsite to confirm his identity.

"One of the things that Gen Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did was named the operation that took down al-Baghdadi after Kayla Mueller, after what she had suffered", Mr O'Brien said, according to the Guardian. He also said a SDF member took part in the USA raid and in a joint raid on Jarabulus in northern Syria, saying that there would be more such raids on Isis militants in "the next few days".

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