A military working dog. (U.S. Army/Zeteo Tech)

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Man's best friend has been fighting on battlefields for centuries, but the modern four-legged battle buddy is much more sophisticated than his predecessor with more advanced gear.

The modern U.S. military has multi-purpose tactical dogs, search and rescue dogs, explosive detection dogs, and tracking dogs, among other types of canines, and the dogs have their own special equipment.

The Army, which is currently undergoing its largest modernization in decades, has been working hard to modernize the force, equipping soldiers with state-of-the-art gear, such as lightweight helmets that can withstand sniper fire and night-vision goggles that let them shoot around corners.

And military working dogs aren't being left out of the modernization push.

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"We told K9 Russel he could keep one thing, and he chose the sweater," tweeted NYPD News, in regards to "Operation War Dogs" December 4, 2019 (Twitter/NYPD News)

The crime-fighting dogs of the NYPD offered a helping paw to their canine counterparts serving overseas this holiday season — collecting doggie supplies and treats for Yuletide care packages.

The NYPD's ESU K9 Unit helped gather about 30 boxes of medical supplies, toys, shampoos, nail clippers and thank-you letters from school children over the past several days as part of "Operation War Dogs." The nearly $6,000 in supplies will be shipped out to Afghanistan over the weekend.

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Just as the narrative surrounding the firing of former Navy Secretary Richard Spencer changes by the hour, the White House and the Pentagon cannot seem to agree on whether Conan, the hero military working dog from the raid that killed ISIS leader Abu al-Baghdadi, is male or female.

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Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.

President Donald Trump on Monday afternoon walked out of the White House with Conan, the military working dog who helped taken down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in northwest Syria in late October.

Speaking to reporters, Trump described Conan as "the world's most famous dog" who had an "incredible story."

"It was a flawless attack," Trump said, describing the special forces raid. "And al-Baghdadi is gone."

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An Austrian Jagdkommando K9 unit conducts training (Austrian Armed Forces photo)

An Austrian soldier was apparently killed by two military working dogs that he was charged with feeding, the Austrian Ministry of Defense announced on Thursday.

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A pooch resembling the hero dog who took part in the raid that brought down the leader of ISIS last month was asked some ruff questions in a sketch on "Saturday Night Live."

The segment, which aired during Saturday's episode, featured a pooch that looks like Conan, along with a translator (Cecily Strong) who interpreted what all of the dog's growls and gestures meant during a mock press conference following the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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