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  Thursday 31st October 2019

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U.S. President Donald Trump has tweeted a photo of himself awarding a medal of honor to a dog with a text that reads, "American Hero," without providing any further details.

The photo has gone viral on social media and has been widely used by media outlets, reporting that Trump has honored the dog that engaged in the operation of killing al-Baghdadi.

Verify-Sy points out that this is an altered version of the original image, which was taken in 2017.

In the original photo, Trump is seen awarding the Medal of Honor to James McCloughan, a retired U.S. Army medic who is credited with saving lives of men during the Vietnam War, according to the New York Times.

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After declaring the killing of al-Baghdadi, President Trump had said that one of the U.S. Army dogs was injured during the raid. He later posted a photo of him, describing him as "a beautiful dog, a talented dog."

On October 2019, U.S. president declared that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had killed himself with his own suicide vest after he was chased down an underground tunnels.