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November 27, 2020

Pup orphaned during Baghdadi raid finds new home

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A puppy orphaned by the destruction of the compound which housed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been rescued after being found next to its dead mother.

IMAGE: The pup was found lying next to its dead mother that died after the US raid on al-Baghdadi’s location. Photograph courtesy: @FARED_ALHOR/Twitter

Photojournalist Fared Alhor scooped up the grieving pup after travelling to Barisha to report on the aftermath of the ISIS leader blowing himself up when faced with a US raid.


The pooch, covered in dust at the side of the road, took time to leave its mother’s side but eventually came to Alhor.

IMAGE: When the journalist found the dog, it was covered in mud and seemed to be trembling. Photograph courtesy: @FARED_ALHOR/Twitter

Talking about seeing the pup, Alhor was quoted as telling CNN, “I turned around and, accidentally, I saw a puppy standing next to his mom. He was howling and sounded sad.”

An animal lover, Alhor realised the pup needed care and decided to take him home.

IMAGE: Bobe gets a checkup at the vet. Photograph courtesy: @FARED_ALHOR/Twitter

Without a car, Alhor balanced the travel carrier on his motorcycle and drove about 20 miles home through the heavy rain and dangerous territory.

“Despite the danger and despite the cold and despite the rain and despite everything,” Alhor said, he knew it was worth it to save his life. He named the puppy Bobe, pronounced “Bobby.”

IMAGE: Alhor decided to adopt Bobe and said that the pup is now doing well at his home. Photograph courtesy: @FARED_ALHOR/Twitter

Bobe has since been adopted. Alhor said the pet is “very happy” with his new family, who lives outside of Barisha.

The photojournalist says he is dedicated to caring for Bobe, even though it’s hard enough to make ends meet just for himself. He says he does not have a lot of money and is worried about paying for the animal’s care.

IMAGE: The photojournalist says he is dedicated to caring for Bobe, even though it’s hard to make ends meet. Photograph courtesy: @FARED_ALHOR/Twitter

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