The Other Dog Who Emerged From The al-Baghdadi Raid Is A Puppy Named ‘Bobe’
The downfall of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been largely credited to one Conan, the Belgian Malinois who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery in the military operation in Syria. But Conan wasn’t the only dog who emerged from the tunnel after the mission.
While documenting Baghdadi’s compound following the raid, Syrian photojournalist Fared Alhor found a puppy named “Bobe” who was orphaned in the battle, CNN reports.
“I turned around and, accidentally, I saw a puppy standing next to his mom,” Alhor said. “He was howling and sounded sad.”
Sketch. This week our friend @FARED_ALHOR rescued a sweet puppy whose mother was killed in an air strike. Fared couldn’t abandon this frightened baby, and he risked his life to transport the pup from a war zone. We are privileged to know this fantastic h… https://t.co/B2Q87vhpTz pic.twitter.com/c4UuDqRBVx— Marc Nelson 🌊 (@Marcnelsonart) November 3, 2019
Bobe was hungry and suffering from neglect. Alhor played with him for a bit to cheer him up, but knew he needed more than that.
“I mean, after the bombing, he has no one left,” Alhor said. “I asked if there is anyone who can take care of him.” A man nearby asked if I wanted to take him. I told him, ‘OK, I am going to come back, God willing.'”
Alhor went home to find a carrier and some food for Bobe. He made the 40-mile round trip on his motorcycle, eventually returning to the dangerous territory to retrieve the dog. They both braved the cold rain on the last leg of the journey back to Alhpor’s home.
“Despite the danger and despite the cold and despite the rain and despite everything,” Alhor said.
The photojournalist tried homing Bobe with a friend whose dog had recently given birth to a litter of her own. It was not to be, however. Alhor couldn’t bear to leave the puppy behind.
He brought Bobe home once more, this time for good.
“I started to play with him and pamper him and feed him. I went to the market and bought food for him,” Alhor said.
Terör örgütü DEAŞ’ın elebaşı Bağdadi geçtiğimiz hafta düzenlenen operasyon ile etkisiz hale getirilmişti. Operasyon sonrası enkaz altında kalan yavru köpekler, olay yerine giden İdlibli foto muhabiri Fared Alhor sayesinde hayata tutundu.https://t.co/XadAE0VQ91 pic.twitter.com/xm9yyvk4dQ— TRT HABER (@trthaber) November 3, 2019
Mohammad Alaa al-Jaleel, also known as the “Aleppo Cat Man” at Ernesto’s Sanctuary for Syrian Cats, gave Bobe a check up and vaccinations. Alhor is grateful for the support, as he wouldn’t otherwise have the money to cover the expenses related to caring for a pet.
There’s no question shote Bobe is better off, however.
Next on Alhor’s agenda is finding more food and a new dog house for his furry friend.
“He will have a good life and we will settle down, me and him,” Alhor said.
A puppy orphaned by a US airstrike in Syria has been rescued by an activist and adopted by a new family.— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) October 29, 2019
Fared Alhor decided to rescue the dog after seeing it alone in the rubble and transported it across the country to a new family where he says the pup is "very happy" pic.twitter.com/ufYgpP0erK