October 28, 2019

Delta Force Praises Bravery of Dog Who Chased Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi into Tunnel During Raid

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By: Teresa Mull

In Brief:

A military dog is being praised for its bravery during a raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The Background:

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi blew himself up after U.S. Delta Force cornered him during a raid over the weekend. The Washington Examiner reports a U.S. military dog chased Baghdadi into a tunnel, and the canine sustained severe injuries during the raid, though no other U.S. forces were harmed.

The Examiner reports:

"The dog’s injuries highlighted the importance of military working dogs in special operations. Often, they will enter the danger zone with a camera on their backs before the humans do so.

"Military working dogs are essential teammates for U.S. soldiers, especially in the counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations that followed the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. But the dogs used by the military’s most elite units are elite themselves. Like their human counterparts, they are hand-picked to serve in units like Delta Force, the Army Rangers, and the Navy SEALs."

Notable Quotes:

"The injury to the dog is an injury to one of us. These dogs are a special breed of courageous."

  • Delta Force soldier to the Washington Examiner

Teresa Mull is editor of GunpowderMagazine.com. Contact her at [email protected].



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