Conan the Hero Dog Is Coming to the White House

The brave Belgian Malinois who helped take out the ISIS terrorist leader last weekend will visit 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Image Credit: Screenshot, Twitter

The military canine hero who helped take out ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is on her way to the White House, as Fox News, The Washington Post and other outlets are reporting.

President Donald Trump tweeted out a photo treatment of the dog — whom he identified as “Conan” — on Wednesday.

He said the animal will be “leaving the Middle East for the White House sometime next week!”

The photo of Conan — an obviously edited photo — shows the president giving a medal to the dog.

Trump called it a “very cute recreation” — but said the “‘live’ version of Conan” soon will be visiting Washington, D.C.

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Here’s the tweet Trump sent out — and no surprise that left-wing media outlets and pundits derided him for this and anything associated with the photo almost immediately:

“Conan was hurt during the mission after being exposed to live electrical wires while pursing Baghdadi through a tunnel underneath a compound in northwestern Syria,” Gen. Frank McKenzie, who leads U.S. Central Command, said on Wednesday, as Fox News reported.

The dog has worked with special operations forces for four years; she’s taken part in about 50 missions and has since returned to active duty, he also indicated.

Clearly there was enormous bravery, dedication, and sheer physical energy required of this animal to chase an evil leader of terror and mayhem into a dead-end tunnel in a dangerous part of the world — and confront the killer face-to-face.

This is what the Belgian Malinois did last weekend when, working with its military unit, it cornered al-Baghdadi in northern Syria in a dark tunnel.

The Belgian Malinois breed is described as a “world-class worker who forges an unbreakable bond with its human partner,” according to the American Kennel Club.

It’s said to be smart, confident, and versatile.

And when al-Baghdadi saw this animal-turned-machine coming at him, at that point he gave up the chase, according to reports — and detonated his suicide vest.

The man brutally killed himself and the two children with him — not three, as reported earlier, it was made clear this week. The children apparently were both under the age of 12.

If it weren’t for the bravery of this animal, not only might a killer still be alive, the military individuals at whose side the dog worked might have been injured — or far worse.

Related: Biden Will Give No Credit to Trump for Daring Baghdadi Mission

So, yes, this is a hero dog for the ages.

Here’s the tweet that Trump sent out earlier about the animal.

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