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Trump Praises Military Dog Who Helped To Hunt IS Leader Al-Baghdadi

The leader of the so-called Islamic State group was killed after an operation led by US special forces.

It is believed the dog assisted in chasing al-Baghdadi through a tunnel (Picture: Donald Trump/Twitter).

US President Donald Trump has praised a military working dog which helped to hunt down Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Al-Baghdadi, the leader of the so-called Islamic State group, died after a raid led by US special forces in Syria.

Mr Trump watched from the Situation Room in Washington as eight helicopters carried American troops into the compound hosting Baghdadi.

Graphic detail was given in the description of the IS leader's death - he detonated an explosive vest, killing himself and the three children.

In a statement, the President said the IS leader was pursued through a dead-end tunnel, taking three of his children with him, following a two-hour raid.

The unnamed military dog involved, a Belgian malinois, was injured as it chased al-Baghdadi down a dead-end tunnel before the explosion.

President Trump tweeted to say: "We have declassified a picture of the wonderful dog (name not declassified) that did such a GREAT JOB in capturing and killing the Leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi!"

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Mark Milley said no personnel were injured in the operation and confirmed the dog is "slightly wounded and fully recovering" and that it has returned to duty.

"The canine, the military working dog, performed a tremendous service as they all do in a variety of situations," he said.