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The hero military dog of the al-Baghdadi raid will visit the White House next week, Trump says
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
President Donald Trump has appeared to declassify the name of the military dog involved in the U.S. operation to kill ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, even though he said he wouldn't.
It came as Trump tweeted an edited photo, bearing the watermark of conservative site The Daily Wire, appearing to show him awarding a Medal of Honor to the dog that was involved in al-Baghdadi's death last Saturday.
"Thank you Daily Wire. Very cute recreation, but the 'live' version of Conan will be leaving the Middle East for the White House sometime next week!" Trump wrote late Wednesday night.
This is the first official acknowledgement of the dog's name. When the president
tweeted a photo of the dog on Monday, he noted that the name of the dog was "not declassified" even though its picture is.
Newsweek reported earlier this week, citing multiple unnamed Defense Department sources, that the dog's name is Conan.
The White House did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment on the dog's name and Trump's apparent declassification.
The military dog was injured by live electrical cables after al-Baghdadi detonated a suicide vest, and has since recovered and returned to duty, U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr., the head of U.S. Central Command, said Wednesday afternoon.
The fake photo of Trump awarding the dog a Medal of Honor was altered from a real photo of Trump awarding James McCloughan, a retired Army medic who saved men's lives during the Vietnam War, with the Medal of Honor in July 2017.
The New York Times reported that McCloughan laughed when he saw the altered photo juxtaposed to the one of him, and said: "This recognizes the dog is part of that team of brave people."
He was also concerned about the dog's condition when Trump tweeted that it was injured in the ISIS raid, The Times added.
Trump on Wednesday also appeared to tease the dog's appearance in the White House "sometime next week" — a move likely to fuel criticism that he is turning al-Baghdadi's death into a reality-TV spectacle about himself.
On Wednesday, the U.S. military released video clips of the raid.
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- National security officials say Trump revealed secret US tactics by describing the raid that killed ISIS leader al-Baghdadi, possibly compromising future operations
The FBI is treating the recent shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, as a terrorist attack, several media outlets reported on Sunday.
"We work with the presumption that this was an act of terrorism," USA Today quoted FBI Agent Rachel Rojas as saying at a news conference.
WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un risks losing "everything" if he resumes hostility and his country must denuclearize, after the North said it had carried out a "successful test of great significance."
"Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way. He signed a strong Denuclearization Agreement with me in Singapore," Trump said on Twitter, referring to his first summit with Kim in Singapore in 2018.
"He does not want to void his special relationship with the President of the United States or interfere with the U.S. Presidential Election in November," he said.
The three sailors whose lives were cut short by a gunman at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, on Friday "showed exceptional heroism and bravery in the face of evil," said base commander Navy Capt. Tim Kinsella.
Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters were killed in the shooting, the Navy has announced.
The Pentagon’s troop deployment denials means nothing when the White House screams ‘fake news’ all the time
The Pentagon has a credibility problem that is the result of the White House's scorched earth policy against any criticism. As a result, all statements from senior leaders are suspect.
We're beyond the point of defense officials being unable to say for certain whether a dog is a good boy or girl. Now we're at the point where the Pentagon has spent three days trying to knock down a Wall Street Journal story about possible deployments to the Middle East, and they've failed to persuade either the press or Congress.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that the United States was considering deploying up to 14,000 troops to the Middle East to thwart any potential Iranian attacks. The story made clear that President Trump could ultimately decide to send a smaller number of service members, but defense officials have become fixated on the number 14,000 as if it were the only option on the table.
This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – Gen. David Berger, the US Marine Corps commandant, suggested the concerns surrounding a service members' use of questionable Chinese-owned apps like TikTok should be directed against the military's leadership, rather than the individual troops.
Speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California, on Saturday morning, Berger said the younger generation of troops had a "clearer view" of the technology "than most people give them credit for."
"That said, I'd give us a 'C-minus' or a 'D' in educating the force on the threat of even technology," Berger said. "Because they view it as two pieces of gear, 'I don't see what the big deal is.'"