President Trump said Sunday that military dogs chase Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi down a dark underground tunnel before blowing up a suicide vest that injured one of the dogs.
Al-Baghdadi, the ISIS leader who had a $ 25 million bonus on his head, died Saturday night after U.S.-led forces attacked his compound in Idlib province in northern Syria, where he was thought to be hiding. .
Trump, who oversees the operation from the White House Situation Room while playing live, said the terrorist leader has spent his last moments "crying, whining" and "screaming."
"He got to the end of the tunnel the way the dogs chased him," Trump told reporters late Sunday. "He lit his vest, killing himself and all three children."
He said neither did the dogs. neither did the American soldiers die in the attack.
"Our K-9, as they call it, Trump said," I call it a dog. A beautiful dog ̵
of Defense, Mark Esper said two service members suffered minor injuries but have already returned to service.
US forces' recollection of the use of Navy dogs during the assault on the Usama bin Laden compound in 2011, which led to his death.
The White House and the Pentagon have not provided details on the dogs or the condition of the dogs. Ron Ayelo, a retired Marine, quoted by The New York Times as saying that the dogs were probably either German Shepherds or Belgian Malines, the breed used in the bin Laden attack.
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"If they run a patrol, they want a dog that is not just an explosion detector can be aggressive, "Ayello said." On a mission like this, you want a dog that can be aggressive when needed.
Trump on Sunday shifted from boasting dogs in an attack to comparing al-Baghdadi to a "dog "
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" He died like a dog, "Trump said." He died like a coward. Now the world is much safer. CHO place. "
Associated Press contributed to this report.