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Tough Cookie: Trump Honors Hero Dog Injured in al-Baghdadi Raid

President Donald Trump on Monday morning honored Conan, the special forces working dog that helped take down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a military raid last month.

“This is a special time for Conan,” he said, adding that “Conan is a tough cookie.”

“I got to see how fast Conan can move,” Trump added. The president also asked the dogs handler about “what chance would a person have against Conan without the guns.”

“The answer is none … He would have no chance,” Trump added.

As they walked away from the press conference, the first lady and the president were also asked if they would adopt Conan for Barron, their 13-year-old son. Trump turned and looked at the reporter and laughed while First Lady Melania Trump appeared to say she wasnt going to.

The president said that Conan, a Belgian Malinois, isnt going to retire yet. The dog was injured during the ISIS raid in northern Syria.

The dog, assigned to the United States 1st SFOD-D (Delta Force), chased down al-Baghdadi into a tunnel before he detonated a suicide vest and killed himself in late October, military officials previously stated.

“This the ultimate fighter. The ultimate everything,” Trump told reporters as he stood alongside the first lady and Vice President Mike Pence.

Following the successful raid to kill al-Baghdadi, Trump tweeted a photo of Conan, describing it as a “wonderful dog.”

In this photo provided by the White House via the Twitter account of President Donald Trump after it was declassified by Trump, a photo of Conan, the military working dog that was injured tracking down Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (White House via AP)

The dog was trained by a Dutch firm in Best, Netherlands, before it was transported to the United States.

Its former handler told RTL Nieuws: “It is a five-year-old male. It is a very good dog.”

Trump on Oct. 30 announced Conan would visit the White House, remarking on

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