A U.S. official told CNN that "the President was referring to ISIS spokesperson Abu Hasan al-Muhajir".
US President Donald Trump shared on Twitter the photo of the dog that courageously ran after the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as he made for a dead-end tunnel where he meant to hide.
The defense secretary also ABC News' "This Week" on Sunday that "less than 100" troops were on the ground for the raid on Baghdadi though, "these are always much bigger operations, the tail of which stretches back deep into the intelligence community".
Muhajir and four others were killed on October 27, 2019 by a Central Intelligence Agency air strike in Ayn al Bayda, near Jarablus in northwest Syria.
U.S. President Donald Trump announced Sunday U.S. commandos killed al-Baghdadi as he was hiding in northwestern Syria.
That raid was carried out a day after USA commandos stormed Baghdadi's hideout in northwestern Syria. Although this is not the first time that Baghdadi has been declared dead, it is the first time senior United States and European officials have come out and said it on record.
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The raid was a success even if Trump embellished some of the details in his televised address.
The death of al-Baghdadi's successor means both No.1 and No.2 ISIS threats have been eliminated, helping accomplish one of the top national security priorities of the Trump administration.
Trump confirmed that the information that led to al-Baghdadi came from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, an organization the US has abandoned despite its years of assistance in the region.
Trump tweeted a picture of the dog on Monday, saying it did a "GREAT JOB".
Since the Commander-in-Chief brought out that claim about how al-Baghdadi was reacting as a military service canine chased him down a literal dead-end tunnel, it's been brought out that the Pentagon can not confirm that al-Baghdadi was "whimpering, screaming and crying". He added that a large number of Baghdadi's "fighters and companions" were killed with him.
The informant had detailed knowledge of al-Baghdadi's Syrian safe house and his movements because he worked closely with al-Baghdadi, the Washington Post reported.
"NEW detail. A USA official confirms that the dog used in the Baghdadi raid is a Belgian Malinois. In some cases, they were very frightened puppies", the president said.