Dutch-trained doggo defeats ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi

A dog that was trained in the Netherlands was praised for defeating ISIS leader AL-Baghdadi by Donald Trump (but we don’t hold that against this good boy).

The director of Hondenadvies Centrum Nederland, Marco van Hoof, told Editie NL that he recognised the dog immediately when US President Donald Trump shared a photo of the dog on Twitter last Monday.

The Belgian Shepherd dog was trained at van Hoof’s facility in Best, before being sent over to the US via Amsterdam. According to van Hoof, the dog is male and five years old. When asked if he was surprised to hear about the dog’s involvement in such a mission, van Hoof said: “No, we train dogs to achieve these kinds of results.”

The dog suffered some minor injuries last Saturday in Syria when Al-Baghdadi detonated his suicide vest, but he is apparently now back to work and in full health.

According to Eric Sanders from PROCentrum, a training centre for police officers in the Netherlands, it’s not at all surprising that it was a Dutch dog who was involved in he military campaign. “The Netherlands is really a dog country. We are very good at training dogs. We then deliver the dogs to the US Army and the police.”

Do you have a similar good boy at home? Let us know in the comments below. 

Feature image: Pxhere. 


Ailish Lalor
Ailish was born in Sydney, Australia, but grew up by a forest in south-east Ireland, which she has attempted to replace with a living room filled with plants in The Hague. Besides catering to her army of pannenkoekenplantjes, Ailish spends her days convincing her friends that all food is better slightly burnt, plotting ways to hang out with dogs and cats, and of course, writing for DutchReview.


  1. Ease refrain from your snarky remarks about our President. That mission wouldn’t have happened without him. He has done great things for our country.


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