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We salute the heroic military working dog injured in the Baghdadi raid
A military working dog is doing well and has been returned to service after being injured in Saturday's raid that led to the death of ISIS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, U.S. officials said on Monday.
The dog, whose name is classified, had chased Baghdadi into a tunnel when the terrorist detonated a suicide vest, killing three children whom he was using as human shields, officials have said.
President Donald Trump tweeted a picture of the dog on Monday, noting that its name still has not been released:
No other injuries have been reported in connection with the raid.
Once special operators were on the ground in northwest Syria, the raid lasted about two hours, after which military aircraft destroyed Baghdadi's compound, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said during Sunday's episode of ABC News' "This Week."
While the dog's identify is a state secret, Newsweek reporter James LaPorta first revealed on Monday that the dog is named "Conan" for the comedian Conan O'Brien – and not after the Arnold Schwarzenegger film "Conan the Barbarian."
Task & Purpose was able to independently verify that the dog's name is Conan.
The picture tweeted by Trump indicates that Conan is a female dog but defense officials were unable to confirm the dog's gender.
Conan is reportedly a Belgian Malinois, the same breed as Cairo, the dog that accompanied Navy SEALs when they killed Osama bin Laden in 2011.
President Barack Obama met Cairo after the raid, but the dog was required to wear a muzzle as the president petted him.
UPDATE: This story was updated on Oct. 28 with the military working dog's name.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), has long been seen as an apologist for Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, whom she met during a secret trip to Damascus in January 2017.
Most recently, a video was posted on Twitter shows Gabbard evading a question about whether Assad is a war criminal.
Since Gabbard is the only active-duty service member running for president — she is a major in the Hawaii Army National Guard — Task & Purpose sought to clarify whether she believes Assad has used chlorine gas and chemical weapons to kill his own people.
The Army is almost doubling its purchase of new bolt-action Precision Sniper Rifles as its primary anti-personnel sniper system of choice, according to budget documents.
What's cooler than a single missile? How about a missile with a high-powered machine gun attached?
That's exactly what the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working on, according to budget documents — and it wants $13 million to make it a reality.
Air Force officials are investigating the death of a man near the north gate of the U.S. Air Force Academy on Saturday night after the NHL Stadium Series hockey game between the Avalanche and the Los Angeles Kings, military officials said Sunday.
‘That cavalier misdirection cannot stand’ — Washingtonians ask judge to reduce ‘extremely noisy’ Navy Growler flights
The Citizens of Ebey's Reserve (COER) is asking a federal judge to require the Navy to roll back the number of EA-18G Growler practice flights at Outlying Field Coupeville to pre-2019 levels until a lawsuit over the number of Growler flights is settled.
COER and private citizen Paula Spina filed a motion for a preliminary injunction Thursday.
According to the motion, since March 2019 the Navy has increased the number of Growlers at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and shifted most of its Growler operations to Outlying Field Coupeville, which is near the Reserve and the town of Coupeville.
"The result is a nearly fourfold increase in Growler flights in that area. Now the overflights subject residents in and near Coupeville to extreme noise for several hours of the day, day and night, many days of the week," said the court document.