Over the weekend, the President of the United States claimed that ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been found dead. US special forces chased him into a dead-end tunnel in north-west Syria and al-Baghdadi, soon after, detonated a suicide vest.
At the press conference held at the White House, President Trump claimed that the United States brought the "world's greatest terrorist leader to justice."
Now, it's been revealed that a very special canine had a crucial role in taking down the ISIS leader and the internet is in awe of this brave pooch. Keep reading for more on the story and the military pup.
ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been killed.
via: FlickrUS special forces chased him into a dead-end tunnel and he detonated a suicide vest.
The raid was carried out in north-west Syria.
via: Getty ImagesIt was at a press conference held at the White House that Trump announced: "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead."
And that's not all he said.
via: Getty ImagesHe also claimed that the Islamic State leader died "whimpering and crying and screaming" as he ran from the special forces.
al-Baghdadi took 3 of his children with him.
via: Getty ImagesThey died in the blast alongside their father. al-Baghdadi had reportedly joined the terror group, al-Qaeda, and later assumed control of the Islamic State of Iraq and has been overseeing the rise of ISIS for 5 years.
"The thug who tried so hard to intimidate others spent his last moments in utter fear," Trump added.
via: CNN"In total panic and dread, terrified of the American forces bearing down on him."
"He died like a dog. He died like a coward."
via: Getty Images"The world is now a much safer place." The President watched the raid in real-time from the White House Situation Room.
It has been reported that several members of al-Baghdadi's team were also killed.
via: Getty ImagesNo US personnel were killed in the explosion.
"This raid was impeccable and could only have taken place with the acknowledgment and help of certain other nations and people," Trump said.
via: Getty Images"I want to thank the nations of Russia, Turkey, Syria, and Iraq and I also want to thank the Syrian Kurds for certain support they were able to give us."
The world has spoken in response to the killing.
via: Getty ImagesSaudi Arabia's Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, congratulated Trump, describing the operation as a historic step against "extremism."
Egypt's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ahmed Hafez, echoed those thoughts.
via: Getty ImagesHe called for "unified action" and "a comprehensive perspective that takes into account the security, development and ideological dimensions" in the fight against groups such as ISIS.
Russia, on the other hand, was skeptical.
via: Getty ImagesThe Russian defense ministry reportedly reacted to the news with skepticism, saying that "it had no reliable information on the US operation."
Rumors that al-Baghdadi was dead began circling in 2014.But he frequently quashed those rumors himself by releasing audio recordings, ABC News reports.
And back in 2017, there were rumors that Russia had killed al-Baghdadi in an airstrike.
via: Getty ImagesThe Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, said at the time: "So far, I have no 100% confirmation of the information that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed," so it may come as no surprise that Russia is a little skeptical when no proof has been provided as of yet.
Yesterday, Donald Trump tweeted a picture of the pup who helped "in capturing and killing the Leader of ISIS."And he's as adorable as he is brave!
It seems like the pooch chased al-Baghdadi through the tunnel.
@realDonaldTrump As dog lovers, we demand that he gets a medal too!— Emerald Robinson ✝️ (@Emerald Robinson ✝️)1572293522.0