The military working dog that tracked down the head of the Islamic State has earned a pat on the back from the US President.

Donald Trump tweeted a photo of a Belgian Malinois that worked with a team of special forces in the capture of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a tunnel beneath a compound in northeastern Syria.

The name and other details about the dog remain a secret.

“We have declassified a picture of the wonderful dog (name not declassified) that did such a GREAT JOB in capturing and killing the Leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi!” the president tweeted.

General Mark Milley, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, told reporters earlier Monday the animal “performed a tremendous service” in the Saturday night raid.


Al-Baghdadi set off an explosion that killed himself and three children and wounded the dog.

Milley said the dog is now recovering and has returned to duty at an undisclosed location

The US military commonly uses the Belgian Malinois to guide and protect troops, search out enemy forces and look for explosives. The breed is prized by the army for its intelligence and ability to be aggressive on command.