Spared during the operation, the pup faced certain death by starvation when Fared Alhor found him.

Alhor was photographing the remains of Baghdadi’s compound the morning after the raid. From the scene of death and destruction, he heard something crying — a tiny dust-covered puppy next to the body of its mother.

“I turned around and, accidentally, I saw a puppy standing next to his mom,” Alhor said. “He was howling and sounded sad.”