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US News Is Conan the heroic dog a boy or girl? Top officials can’t seem to agree

08:10  27 november  2019
08:10  27 november  2019 Source:   bostonglobe.com

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Top officials can ’ t seem to agree . The Boston Globe 27/11/2019 Brittany Shammas. Conan , the courageous dog , was a Very Good Boy . On second thought, a Very Good Girl . ‘‘Just in: # Conan , the hero dog from the al-Baghdadi raid, is in fact a GIRL , a U.S. defense official tells ABC News

Defense officials say the dog who helped in the Baghdadi raid is female. Is Conan the heroic dog a boy or girl ? America’s most powerful officials can ’ t agree . Conan the courageous dog was a Very Good Boy . On second thought, a Very Good Girl .

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Conan, the courageous dog, was a Very Good Boy. On second thought, a Very Good Girl. Actually, a boy. Then a girl after all. Or maybe not.

For a full 24 hours, federal officials have gone back and forth on the sex of the Special Operations K-9 injured in the raid that took down Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The seemingly simple question was still being debated on Tuesday, a day after President Donald Trump showed off the celebrated Belgian Malinois during a hastily arranged news conference in the White House Rose Garden.

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Just in: # Conan , the hero dog from the al-Baghdadi raid, is in fact a GIRL , a US defense official tells ABC News. Yesterday, a WH official told the pool that Conan was a girl but later said the dog was actually a boy -- after POTUS & VPOTUS used male pronouns to refer to Conan .

Is Conan the heroic dog a boy or girl ? America’s most powerful officials can ’ t agree . Trump honors Conan , the military dog injured in the Baghdadi raid. The dog that helped kill Baghdadi met Trump. But Conan is just the latest canine war hero .

‘‘Just in: #Conan, the hero dog from the al-Baghdadi raid, is in fact a GIRL, a U.S. defense official tells ABC News,’’ reporter Elizabeth McLaughlin tweeted.

Minutes later, the Pentagon weighed in, writing in a statement to The Washington Post that ‘‘per U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Conan is a male dog.’’

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, meanwhile, refused to divulge the sex of the dog. In a briefing room on Tuesday, she told reporters, ‘‘I won’t do that because then you’ll say that I was talking about somebody’s sex or gender, so I’m not doing that.’’

a dog wearing a suit and tie: Vice President Mike Pence pet Conan, the military dog, on Monday. © AP Vice President Mike Pence pet Conan, the military dog, on Monday. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham provided a different answer. In an email to The Post, she said Conan is ‘‘a boy.’’ She did not respond to a question about why the matter had sparked such confusion among authorities.

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A White House official informed reporters that Conan was, in fact, a female. Less than two hours later, the correction arrived from the White House. The president pulled off the official ceremony after earlier retweeting a photo-shopped image of himself placing a medal on the dog amid fascination with

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Whatever the reason, the flip-flopping caused a bit of a fracas for Washington, with headlines about the mystery of the dog’s sex appearing alongside those about the impeachment inquiry that has consumed the capital for months. Online sleuths zoomed in on photos of Conan to try to assess the dog’s sex themselves, while defense officials offered assurances that they had checked multiple times. Ridicule came from both right and left - though some saw a larger problem at work.

‘‘On the one hand this is a very silly story about a dog,’’ tweeted Susan Hennessey, a Brookings Institution fellow in national security law. ‘‘On the other hand, it is an example of the complete and total inability to get clear, credible information regarding an innocuous and verifiable fact from the White House and DOD.’’

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the news media next to Vice President Mike Pence and Conan, the U.S. military dog that participated in and was injured in the U.S. raid in Syria that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, during a photo opportunity with the dog and a military handler on the colonnade of the West Wing of the White House in Washington, U.S. November 25, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Brenner © Thomson Reuters U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the news media next to Vice President Mike Pence and Conan, the U.S. military dog that participated in and was injured in the U.S. raid in Syria that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, during a photo opportunity with the dog and a military handler on the colonnade of the West Wing of the White House in Washington, U.S. November 25, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Brenner The chaos dates back to late last month, according to Task & Purpose, when the Pentagon ‘‘refused to confirm’’ the dog’s sex. Online, observers speculated that Conan was perhaps a shero. But the head of Central Command, Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, used masculine pronouns during an Oct. 30 briefing, saying that ‘‘he was injured’’ and that ‘‘he has been returned to duty.’’

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During Monday’s news conference, Trump, too, referred to Conan as a ‘‘he.’’ The dog, mouth agape, nosed Vice President Mike Pence for head scratches while being lavished with praise by the president, who noted ‘‘how beautiful and how calm he is during a situation like this.’’

‘‘The dog is incredible,’’ Trump said. ‘‘We spent some good time with it. So brilliant, so smart.’’

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A pool reporter - the reporter providing details about Trump’s day as a proxy for the rest of the press corps - described Conan as a ‘‘very good boy’’ in an initial report. But soon after, the pooler, Yahoo News’s Hunter Walker, sent an update. A White House official had said the dog was actually female. Then came a third update from Walker, subject line: ‘‘Conan Is A Good Boy Again.’’

Some news outlets removed all references to the dog’s sex, or simply referred to Conan as ‘‘it.’’

But by mid-Tuesday, it appeared that White House and military officials were again settling on the dog’s sex as male. In an update on her earlier tweet, McLaughlin wrote that two defense officials had told her Conan is ‘‘a BOY.’’ She noted that one official claimed to have ‘‘triple checked.’’

‘‘I guess the important thing here is that Conan, boy or girl, is a good dog who did excellent work with the U.S. military,’’ she wrote. ‘‘The end.’’

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