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'The Ultimate Fighter': Trump Honours Dog Injured In Al-Baghdadi Raid

President Donald Trump has described Conan, a Belgian Malinois, as "incredible, brilliant, smart and very special". 

A US military dog that was injured in a raid that killed so-called Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been honoured at the White House.

Conan, a Belgian Malinois, was presented to reporters in Rose Garden by US President Donald Trump who he described as "the ultimate fighter". 

Mr Trump heaped praise on Conan who was being stroked by Mike Pence.

The dog repeatedly looked up at the vice president in search of more attention.

"So this is Conan," Mr Trump said as he showed the dog off to reporters.

"Right now, probably the world's most famous dog."

Conan was injured in the raid last month after being exposed to electrical wires while chasing al-Baghdadi at a compound in north-west Syria.

Mr Trump said he awarded "tough cookie" Conan with a "medal and a plaque", while First Lady Melania Trump stood a few feet away.

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Conan was presented to reporters in Rose Garden.

The president called Conan "incredible, brilliant, smart and very special". 

Mr Trump said initially Conan was going to be muzzled for the appearance but said he thought that would put the dog in attack mode.

"He's not in a bad mood today," he told dozens of reporters, cameramen and TV crews.

"So you're safe."

"Conan is really a hero," Mr Pence said, patting the dog on the head.

When walking back into the White House, a reporter asked if Mr Trump would be adopting Conan for his son, Barron, but the First Lady quickly replied: "No!"