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Conan – Woof Die Creep ! Pulls Baghdadi Suicide Vest Bomb 🙂
- Several Defense Department officials told The New York Times , on the condition of anonymity, that they did not see evidence or reports that support some details in the president’s account of the terrorist leader’s execution. They were also unaware if President Donald Trump had spoken to any of the commandos that took part in the raid before he announced it the next morning.
- “I don’t know how he would know that,” one senior official who is “deeply familiar” with the matter told The Times. “It sounds like something he made up.”
- Earlier this week, the US Central Command released footage of the operation. Business Insider’s David Choi reported that “no US soldiers were killed during the operation, but a military working dog was injured by live electrical cables after al-Baghdadi detonated a suicide vest in a tunnel.”
- Presidential historian Mark Updegrove, told The Times that he thinks Trump “has to continue to add to the inherent drama of the moment, not only bragging about the despot being brought to justice but happening in the most humiliating way.”
In front of a crowd in Tupelo, Mississippi, on Friday President Donald Trump once again asserted that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was “trembling” and “crying” before his death.
But defense officials say they don’t know where that claim came from.
Several Defense Department officials told The New York Times , on the condition of anonymity, that they were not aware of evidence or after-action reports that support details told in president’s account of the terrorist leader’s death. The Times reported that the drone footage of the operation that Trump watched in the Situation Room had no audio.
“I don’t know how he would know that,” one senior official who is “deeply familiar” with the matter told The Times. “It sounds like something he made up.”
When asked about the defense officials’ statements, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham interpreted it as “trying to pick apart the details of the death,” The Times reported. She added in an email to the newspaper, “We are not going to get into any of the operational details of how the president receives information.”
“Is it not possible to just celebrate that a terrorist, murderer, and rapist has been killed?” she asked to The Times.
Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr., the head of US Central Command, told reporters this week that he was “not able to confirm anything else” about Baghdadi’s last moments.
“We believe Baghdadi actually may have fired from his hole in his last moments,” he added.
Trump first made the comments that al-Baghdadi was “whimpering” and “crying” and “died like a coward” on October 27, but The Times was not able to corroborate those details with officials familiar with the military operation.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who monitored the raid in the Situation Room with Trump, told The Times he didn’t know anything about al-Baghdadi “whimpering.” Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was also not aware of that detail, The Times said.
Earlier this week, the US Central Command released footage of the operation.Business Insider’s David Choi reported that during the raid that left al-Baghdadi dead, “no US soldiers were killed during the operation, but a military working dog was injured by live electrical cables after al-Baghdadi detonated a suicide vest in a tunnel.”
Trump also mentioned the military dog during his Friday-night rally in Mississippi, joking that the dog (named Conan), got more positive press than he did following the raid.
Presidential historian Mark Updegrove, told The Times that he thinks Trump “has to continue to add to the inherent drama of the moment, not only bragging about the despot being brought to justice but happening in the most humiliating way.”
“He can’t help himself,” Updegrove said of the president.
Baghdadi death: The ‘wonderful’ canine who chased the leader of Islamic State
Chasing the notorious leader of a jihadist group down a tunnel is not exactly for the faint-hearted.
But that’s exactly what a military dog did in the US raid against Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – arguably one of the world’s most wanted men – who died in the raid.
President Trump has released a photo of the canine on Twitter – but we don’t have a name.
That’s remaining a secret because, living up to its hero reputation, the dog is back at work and in the field, serving the US military, which means its identity has to be protected.
But here’s what we do know about what appears to be either a very good boy or girl.
Donald Trump’s a fan
The dog has been described as “beautiful” and “talented” by President Trump.
It was sent into a tunnel after al-Baghdadi during an early morning raid in Syria.
The president praised the dog for its heroism and said no armed forces were hurt when he announced the death of the IS leader on Sunday.
“They blasted their way in, and then all hell broke loose. It’s incredible nobody was killed. Or hurt. We had nobody even hurt,” he said.
“And that’s why the dog was so great.”
It was hurt in the raid
The dog was injured after the IS leader detonated a suicide vest, killing himself and three children.
President Trump said al-Baghdadi ran into a dead-end tunnel, “whimpering and crying and screaming”, while being chased by military dogs.
General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (a group that advises the President on defence matters) says the Malinois was “slightly wounded and fully recovering”, but that the dog “performed a tremendous service.”
It’s a brave breed
The dog is a Belgian Malinois – and according to the American Kennel Club – they are strong, intelligent and can learn and perform different commands – which is useful for being in combat situations.
They are widely used by the military and police around the world to guide and protect troops, search for enemy forces and explosives because of their work ethic and intelligence.
To add to the heroic adventures of Belgian Malinois, this isn’t the first time a dog like this has joined the US military on a top secret mission.
A dog named Cairo famously helped US forces on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011.
Bo is a pet dog of the Obama family, the former First Family of the United States, named on affiliation with the chosen name “Betsy” and Bo Diddley musician. Bo is a male Portuguese Water Dog. Wikipedia
Trump’s tweet declassifying – which is declaring it to no longer be secret – the picture of the dog caused an online reaction.
Twitter was quick to pay tribute about the declassifying of the picture, in its own way.