Conan the dog, hurt in terror raid, welcomed at White House

Also present were First Lady Melania Trump and US Vice President Mike Pence. "And so brilliant - so smart". "Conan did a fantastic job", Trump added.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A US military dog that played a starring role in the raid that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi seemed oblivious to the praise that President Donald Trump heaped on it Monday at the White House. He was injured by exposed live electrical cables in the tunnel after Baghdadi detonated his vest beneath the compound. They thought maybe he was not going to recover.

"It was undetectable. The dog came in and jumped on the hood, pointing - wow! - incredible sense of smell", said the president, who was accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence and first lady Melania Trump.

The doctored image, released by Mr Trump via Twitter, and the original photo of the president awarding the Medal of Honour.

The president called Conan, who was wounded during the raid, a "tough cookie" and said nobody is going to mess with him.

During a ceremony to honor Conan - the dog who famously helped take down Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi - Donald Trump warned the press corps that the hero canine was "trained to attack if you open your mouth".

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

Trump didn't touch Conan in view of reporters.

According to a White House official, Conan was not accompanied by his normal handler for this appearance since the handler participated in the Baghdadi raid and can not appear publicly.

The dog's identity had been a closely guarded secret until it was declassified by Mr Trump, who retweeted a picture of the pooch after the raid at Baghdadi's lair.

Intrigue has surrounded the heroic canine ever since Trump disclosed that "a attractive dog, a talented dog" had chased Baghdadi into a dead-end tunnel during the October 26 operation in northern Syria.

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Conan has worked with special operations forces for several years and has been on around 50 missions, Gen.

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