Kurdish Gen. Abdi: Informant's Intel Key in Baghdadi Raid

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The hero dog - of the Belgian Malinois breed - is female, and her name is Conan, according to a report by Newsweek, which added that a senior Pentagon source clarified that she was named after the comedian Conan O'Brien - not the famed fictional character, Conan the Barbarian.

Even though Donald Trump said earlier he was considering making "certain parts" of the video from the raid available to the public - presumably with al-Baghdadi "was whimpering, screaming, and crying" as he met his end - it remains unclear how much of footage would see the light, if any.

On Monday, the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen Mike Milley, said that American officials had disposed of Baghdadi's remains.

The US military basked in success Monday after the eliminating the founder and spiritual guide of the Islamic State (IS) group, capping a years-long campaign to crush the Sunni Muslim extremist organization that had at one point created a "caliphate" straddling the Euphrates River that rivaled the size of England. "They are the first line of defense".

Can said the SDF had been working since May 15 with the Central Intelligence Agency to track Baghdadi, and managed to confirm that he had moved from Deir al-Zor in eastern Syria to Idlib, where he was killed. "They go out front".

Milley indicated it wouldn't have been hard to carry out the mission without troops on the ground.

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He said Kurdish intelligence operatives who were managing the source then passed the information to American forces, which gave U.S. Special Operations an understanding of the safe house. They also serve as a morale-booster to soldiers.

And an unnamed USA military dog became a unlikely hero of the raid, incurring injuries as it chased Baghdadi down a dead-end tunnel underneath his northwestern Syria hideout before he blew himself and three children up with a suicide vest.

"You depend on your dog to save your life, to protect the troops behind you, and your dog depends on you to take care of that dog", he said.

"We help with the dogs that have PTSD, we have a program for that", he said.

But he said the death of Baghdadi "will certainly send a message to those who would question America's resolve and provide a warning to terrorists who think they can hide".

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