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Canine Prisoner of War: Taliban Capture Military Working Dog

TalibanAfghani Taliban have released footage of what they claim is a military working dog captured from US Troops during a raid in eastern Afghanistan in December.

In the video shown below, Taliban members brag that they fought off American troops and captured the dog, a Belgian Malinois they say is named Colonel, along with several weapons typically used by American Special Forces.

ABC News reports,

It is believed that this is the first military working dog known to have been captured by the Taliban. The Army has 578 dog teams that have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Four dogs have died in Afghanistan since March 2011.

The video shows Taliban fighters surrounding the dog, who is wearing a vest outfitted with a GPS tracking device, a camera, and a light. This vest is typical of those worn by military working dogs and those employed by special forces. It is clear, by the dog’s body language in the video, that he is afraid and/or tense  and confused around his captors.

A spokesperson for NATO confirmed that a military working dog went missing in December. This video is the first confirmed sighting of what they believe is that missing MWD.

Military working dogs are commonly used for sniffing and bomb detection or teamed with Special Forces for protection and scouting. A Belgian Malinois named Cairo was instrumental in the raid on Bin Laden’s compound in 2011. These dogs also provide companionship and boost morale for their handler, their unit, and the entire base.

Afghans are not known for being dog lovers and, sadly, once the novelty and propaganda value wears off, Colonel’s future is not bright.


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88 Comments

88 Comments

  1. Avatar Of Evelyn Attanasio

    Evelyn Attanasio

    says:

    What is the US doing to get this poor dog back!!??
    Surely we can not have him be stranded with these horrible people who may kill him!!!!!
    Can we start a petion to save this dog????? This dog is a war hero and deserves to be rescued!!!!
    Any thoughts??? And, not from Doug. Thanks.

  2. Avatar Of Nancy Hepler

    Nancy Hepler

    says:

    Military dogs are highly trained and save lives. They are valuable and deserve to be rescued when in danger. I wish the Navy Seals could rescue him or maybe a negotiation can be worked out. I do not believe the military will abandon him. There must be some way to help him. He does look fearful and afraid in the video. So many people can not be trusted and dogs are so special. I would risk my life if anyone tried to harm my dog!!!

  3. Avatar Of Jan

    Jan

    says:

    EVERYBODY -call or email your congressman/cc congress woman to make them aware……then call JOHN KERRY , U.S. Secretary of State to start a dialogue with these people to get Colonel back ALIVE!!!
    We can help this dog, but we all have to DO SOMETHING PEOPLE!!!!!

    This is the decent, moral and humane thing to do…

    thank you for caring..

  4. Avatar Of Michael Miranda

    Michael Miranda

    says:

    They should stage a raid to rescue him!

  5. Avatar Of Maryjane Veach

    MaryJane Veach

    says:

    There should be something we can do to exchange something to get this dog rescued I know we work to free Americans and I am sure this dog is an American Soldier also ??

  6. Avatar Of Winston Winston says:

    Doug with no disrespect to idiots you are an idiot

  7. Please have this dog helped, Bless him

  8. Avatar Of Nicole

    Nicole

    says:

    I can’t stop crying over this. How can they not try to rescue this poor dog. He didn’t have an option as to joining the war. He IS a soldier who would die to protect humans. How can he be disregarded like that. It’s a terrible thing to abandon him in his time of need. He looks so scared, I can’t get his face out of my head.

  9. Avatar Of Joyce Joyce says:

    I find most of the above written nonsense absolutely disgusting. This does appear to be a military dog. I have studied Islam in detail with a view to teaching westerners and Christians about the problems of this group. Muslims hate dogs and kill them all. I fear for this dog. I know that once the novelty has warn off he will probably be tortured or starved to death and they will take great pleasure in doing it. They will treat him the way they would treat a North American soldier and he will not be able to speak out. Because he is a dog no one from the military will probably go in after him. That is probably why they didn`t move heaven and earth to rescue him in the first place. I know his handler is missing him. It is a very sad situation for a loyal and faithful warrior on 4 legs. My heart goes out to this little guy. I know he is terrified every moment of the day and night.

  10. Avatar Of David

    DAVID

    says:

    I HAVE BEEN A DOG OWNER MOST OF MY LIFE (SINCE CHILDHOOD)….I DON’T THINK YOU COULD FIND A HUMAN MORE LOYAL AND TRUSTWORTHY THAN A DOG. THEY ARE USUALLY MORE THAN “MAN’S BEST FRIEND”. IN THE HISTORY OF DOGS SERVING IN COMBAT, THERE ARE WAY TOO MANY LEGITIMATE DOCUMENTATIONS (AND COMMENDATIONS) THAT VERIFY THE REASONING TO HOW AND WHY DOGS SERVE THE MILITARY…A TRAINED, DEDICATED DOG WILL LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR THE SAFETY AND SUCCESS OF HIS COMRADS…INSTINCT, TRAINING AND LOYALTY TO ITS HANDLER/OWNER DICTATE THE DOGS ACTIONS/BEHAVOR…..MOST HUMANS DO NOT REACT THE SAME!!! IT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO KNOW HOW THE ENEMY OBTAINED THAT DOG….TRULLY, THERE IS ALOT MORE TO THIS STORY!!!!

  11. Avatar Of Lenny

    Lenny

    says:

    With a name like Doug, what did you expect?? For the record Douglas… Humans choose to go to war, or sign up to serve in the military… Show me any where in history where an animal raised its paw to join the military?? They go because they are loyal and want to preform for their handlers, who CHOSE FOR THEM. ..To bad that wasn’t you in that video, but your to much of a coward to put your life on the line for anything,…

  12. Avatar Of Dianna Blake

    dianna blake

    says:

    First thing I notice is the dog’s body language. This is a picture of an abused and fearful dog. I trained police dogs and raised Malinois for years. I really, really want to know how they got their hands on him if he truely is want the Taliban claims. These dogs are highly trained and will not fall for “here doggie, doggie”, food, or any other tactic to be lured away. They bond very closely with their handler and I am very skeptical to believe they would have been able to get close enough to him to snatch him. There is lots more to this story than is being told. Although the quality of the video is poor and am not able to really see its body, I also question if this dog is indeed a Mal. He looks similiar, but the facial structure is all wrong.

  13. Avatar Of Mary Ward-Eaton

    Mary Ward-Eaton

    says:

    Colonel looks very frightened. I hate seeing dogs with this sort of body language, the fact he is a P.O.W. soldier dog makes it so much worse. I hope and pray Colonel is still alive and that we will soon have more information about Colonel and his handler, no matter what country he is serving.

  14. Avatar Of Anna Williams

    Anna Williams

    says:

    STOP TALKING ABOUT doug! YOU ARE MAKING IT ABOUT this idiot WHEN IT SHOULD BE ABOUT THE DOGS!!! He gets off seeing people talk about him. This ass hat is obviously a piece of shit, ignorant, worthless excuse for a human being with a micro penis.

    • Avatar Of Teresa

      Teresa

      says:

      I agree.Doug has gotten more than his 15 minutes of shame. That’s what ignoramuses like D love. The real issue is Colonel and his safe return to his unit.Colonel has saved so many hundreds of lives. He deseves so much more,but especially to be reunited with his partner and unit. keep the real story alive and help Colonel.Don’t let time run out,his life means nothing to his captors. They’re savages.

  15. Avatar Of Leah

    Leah

    says:

    I would save this dog at all costs… and, yes Doug (and anyone else who questions this line of thinking…) after “dealing” with recent issues that only man could “serve up” (human greed and corruption) this dog’s life is definitely worth saving from a “bunch of barbarians” … god help this wonderful non human…

  16. Avatar Of Mandy

    Mandy

    says:

    And, what most people don’t know, is that the dog actually OUTRANKS their handler in the military. That’s right…go google it Doug! The Armed Forces do that intentionally so the dogs are never left on their own and the soldier is required to make sure of their safety. Hence why there have only been FOUR dogs killed, and countless humans.

  17. Avatar Of Amy

    Amy

    says:

    I’d rally behind an innocent animal who did not choose to be there any day, it does not mean I do not also morn for our service men and women. I guarantee our service men and women are also rallying behind this dog, an animal that helps keep them safe and keep their spirits up and asks nothing in return.

  18. Avatar Of Angie

    Angie

    says:

    Wow Doug! You’ve garnered a lot of fans by your tasteless remark. A working war dog is just as important to the life of the soldiers he protects as are other soldiers. You obviously have very little understanding of what they do, and very little compassion for how they put their lives in danger to save so many. Get off this page. You certainly don’t deserve to be here!

  19. The subject , Colonel, was lost,with all the responses to Doug’s comment.
    From the dog’s body language he is scared. These military dogs are heroes and deserve as much respect as the men and women fighting in Afghanistan.
    Colonel disappeared in December and pictures of him just appeared, what quarantee is there that these pixs are old and Colonel may already be dead at the hands of these despicable people?
    I hope he is still alive and an arrangement can be made to treat him as a prisoner of war and perhapsarrange his return. Let us all hope thatbisvthe final outcome. Colonel is returned alive, receives a hero’s welcome and is retired with honors for his service.

  20. Avatar Of Diana

    Diana

    says:

    This not “just a dog.” This is a SOLDIER!

  21. Avatar Of Dara Downs

    Dara Downs

    says:

    Someone please tell me they are going to try and get the dog back! Do we need to start a petition?

  22. Avatar Of Jeanette

    Jeanette

    says:

    I like to know what the Military is doing about this.

  23. Avatar Of Cassie

    cassie

    says:

    Doug u sir r an asshole, animals lovers need to get laid & get a life! ? Ur obviously an idiot. Sorry some people have compassion for all living creatures who serve our country. I feel bad for ur dog that u think u r so superior that its life is considered disposable to u.

  24. Avatar Of Emma

    Emma

    says:

    I want to say one thing whoever said that you would give a dogs life to save a humans, leave. First of al if you have been working with the same dog for years like partners you don’t think like that. Dogs have feelings to idiot. That dog is a part of serving the country and they treat him with respect so if they can save him they will with al there power. So the person called Doug get a life. Can’t you see the fear in the poor dogs eyes and your saying leave it there and don’t care. Leave it with some sick peopel who might torture it or use him. You should be shamed and what you said was sick.

  25. Avatar Of Ken

    Ken

    says:

    Doug is strangely silent…

  26. Avatar Of Kellyc

    KellyC

    says:

    I wish they could figure out a way to help him! They went in and got that young woman civilian who was a POW. Can’t they do the same for a fellow soldier? He is a SOLDIER, no matter human or canine. He would do it for them and probably has!

  27. Avatar Of Jane Siegrist

    Jane Siegrist

    says:

    Stop FEEDING THE DOUG TROLL! This is about the dog, Doug is thread crapping for attention. RALLY DOG LOVERS, This isn’t about DOUG!

  28. Avatar Of Cheri Cheri says:

    I really could care less about Doug we are losing site of the issue here..are we going to try and save this solder? It makes me so sad to see him so afraid here.He helped bring down awful people that wanted to destroy our country. Is he just to be thrown away like many of our prisoners of war have been..I pray he gets back to his country and loved by his humans and his solder’s . Prayers are with you buddy you are a great solder I am praying for your safe return..

  29. Avatar Of Shannon Sheffield

    Shannon Sheffield

    says:

    It’s The Dogington Post, NOT The Dougington Post. That said, kindly piss off.

  30. Avatar Of Lisa

    Lisa

    says:

    really Doug your talking about an American solider an American. Canine or not stick your comment where the sun don’t shine idiot

  31. Avatar Of Judy

    Judy

    says:

    I hope Doug gets captured by the Taliban.

  32. Avatar Of Betty

    Betty

    says:

    Doug, your comment has angered a lot of people who threat and love their dog(s) as their children and this includes me. If I were you I would stick my head where the sun does not shine and stay there.

  33. Avatar Of Regina Golden

    Regina Golden

    says:

    DOUG, WHAT A BIG ASSHOLE YOU ARE….GO AND GET THE FUCK OFF THIS SITE…

  34. Avatar Of Monica

    Monica

    says:

    Oh and this is why it’s important Doug:

    http://www.pawmygosh.com/military-dog-saves-life/

    • Avatar Of Patty Skupaka

      Patty Skupaka

      says:

      Monica, Thank you for leaving the web site pawmygosh on The Dogington Post. I went to the link you left about the military dog and it was awesome. <3 dogs

    • Avatar Of Carol

      Carol

      says:

      This is wonderful. Thank you. Watch this Doug, maybe something will click in that stupid brain of yours. But I seriously doubt it.

  35. Avatar Of George Baker

    George Baker

    says:

    Doug,, take the u out of your name and its dog…
    i’m a veteran of war, i fought for this good country that gives our pets freedom form pain.. if it wasnt for dogs some of us wouldnt be here.. also i would rather fight with a pack/one dog by my side then i would most humans.. the way you talk i take it you would run and sell me out to save your own as_. i think you get my drift. War is HELL and these additions to the Military is awesome. i pray for them just as much as i do for humans.. so move on to another site and start something up there
    maybe a military site

  36. Avatar Of Monica

    Monica

    says:

    Firstly @doug. Get a life you moron. Secondly, that military dog is doing the work and is a partner to a military member and together they made a great team and the human would give his life to save his dog.

    I do hope that this dog can be found and unfortunately yes, the afghans are not known to be animal lovers. Beautiful dog.

  37. Avatar Of Susara

    Susara

    says:

    Doug – BOO!!!! Get the Helll out of this website!! You idiot!! Think before you talk moron!

  38. Avatar Of Deanna

    Deanna

    says:

    This dog is a member of the military! Do understand what that means Doug? It means that dog has been protecting your rights, he’s not just a pet. He is part of a military unit, he sniffs out roadside bombs, he warns his human soldier when there is a problem, he is an important part of combat, you idiot. Maybe YOU ought to spend less time getting laid and more time on real life!

  39. Avatar Of Neithan

    Neithan

    says:

    Doug, learn to spell and grow a brain. “Get laid and get a life?” Just what in the hell does that have to do with anything? Canines are part of the war effort and considered by the units they’re attached to be worth rallying for. They have use as sentries, protecting the lives of soldiers, and they’re some of the most feared weapons we have on the field. And yes, there was one integral to the misson to kill that bin laden bastard. There’ve also been records of suicide among canine handlers when they lose their dog. I hope you try spouting your ignorant trolling at someone who’s been in that situation in real life instead of saying something stupid behind your computer.

  40. Avatar Of Doug

    Doug

    says:

    Are you really rallying for this dog? Men and Wonen are killed daily and you are rallying for a dog. I love my dog, but i would give her to save a human’s life. You animal lovers need to get laid and get a life.

    • Avatar Of Sara

      Sara

      says:

      If you haven’t noticed, this is The Dogington Post so of course they’re going to post stories about animals and not people. I love my dog more than most people so I’d probably choose a helpless animal who is at humans’ mercy over a person any day.

    • Avatar Of Sl

      Sl

      says:

      Dude, you’re reading this on a website called DOGington Post. Your comment was almost valid until the last statement, where you lost all credibility for what otherwise may have been a legitimate statement.

    • Avatar Of Hannah

      Hannah

      says:

      Screw you Doug! Some dog lover you are. You are viewing the DOGington Post idiot!
      This is a military dog, that holds the same respect as any military individual. Not only in my eyes but also in most military members.
      This dog deserve for someone to stand up for him. How about you get a life and search for your soul!

      • Avatar Of Jeannie

        Jeannie

        says:

        This is Doginton Post Doug. You need to get a life. Dogs are considered highly in the military.

      • Avatar Of Jan

        Jan

        says:

        you are an absolute unfeeling jerk, these animals are protecting our soldiers…what are you doing for our country? go f-ck yourself,; you certainly aren’t worth fighting for. You do not have the right to be a pet owner.

    • Avatar Of Denise

      Denise

      says:

      You’re an idiot Doug, to put it mildly. I’d use more crude words to describe you, but this isn’t the site to say it on.

    • Avatar Of Jill

      Jill

      says:

      Well sorry not everyone shares your views Doug. Dogs are more loyal than any human being. Pets are more precious than humans. So I have to disagree with you.

    • Avatar Of Pam Hamberger Sarris

      Pam Hamberger Sarris

      says:

      Doug, This is The Dogginton Post. And many of us animal lovers have full lives and satisfying sex lives. Apparently you’re the one who needs a life.

    • Avatar Of Carol

      Carol

      says:

      Doug yes humans get killed but all life is important!
      You don’t truly love your dog if you give his life up for a human life.
      If some one was hurting my dog i would kill them!

    • Avatar Of Melanie

      Melanie

      says:

      Moron, why are you on a dog site if you don’t like DOGS!

      • Avatar Of Carol

        Carol

        says:

        I second that! Get off this site if you don’t want to read about dogs. I would take an animal before most humans any day. You really are a moron.

    • Avatar Of Becky Reed

      Becky Reed

      says:

      Doug it is people like you !!! Is the reason we love our dogs!!!! This is a dog website… Hello!!!! Sadly enough dogs working over there need humans to help them….

    • Avatar Of Brian

      Brian

      says:

      @ doug! Open your eyes! People are the evil ones doing this! Why would i bother saving evil people! Fuk em! ill take a dog anyday!!!!! I have no love for people at all! Humans are the ones destroying this world! Save this dog!!!!!!!!! If there was a human and a dog that needed to be rescued, id save the dog without thinking twice! A person like u should not be allowed to have a dog!

    • Avatar Of Brian

      Brian

      says:

      A soldier is a soldier! 4 legs or two asshole!

    • It doesn’t sound like you’re a dog lover at all!

    • Avatar Of Jess

      Jess

      says:

      With all due respect, you do not belong on here. Clearly take your comments elsewhere.

    • Avatar Of Sherri

      Sherri

      says:

      These dogs are considered Commanding Officers and are to be treated like any other military member. They also die to protect this country! People suck! You need to get a life.

    • Avatar Of Sonja

      Sonja

      says:

      Wow , you are sick. Obviously you don’t love your dog much if you wouldn’t fight for him! You give your life to save a human’s life or a dog’s life? Obviously not!!

    • Avatar Of Sandy

      Sandy

      says:

      Doug– if it was a choice between saving an animal or you,I would definately pick the animal hands down!! Then I would flush you down the toilet, like the piece of shit you are–you get a life, loser! ! And give your dog to someone that deserves them!!

    • Avatar Of K O'Rourke

      K O'Rourke

      says:

      You should not even be allowed to keep any animal. If you even tried to harm any animal in my presence, I would take great pleasure in torching your dumb ass for MONTHS.

    • I am a former marine with combat experience. The dog is a member of his unit just as any member. I am sure many of his unit would try a rescue to get him back . Also as Einstein once said the more people I get to know the better I like my dog.

    • Avatar Of Linda Rogers

      Linda Rogers

      says:

      Are you seriously saying that we should not care about a dog that is fighting for our country? You would not care about your dog and you would put it in harm’s way? You obviously do not love your dog all that much because I would take a bullet for my dog. These dogs are treated just like humans and we should be mourning his capture just like any other soldier. You are the one that should get laid and get a life.

    • Avatar Of Jessica Beau

      Jessica Beau

      says:

      I , an animal lover, read articles on the Dogington post because .. hey. It’s Doginton post! So to rant about how ridiculous it is to care about a POW dog.. man you should realize the forum you are in. I hope one day your grinch heart will grow so there is enough room for this doggie and others alike.

    • Avatar Of Melody melody says:

      Doug, that dog should get just as much respect military, that’s what they are and what they do and save some many

    • Avatar Of Mjkenney

      MJKenney

      says:

      Doug,
      Smells like you stepped in a steaming pile of it. I’ve been known to stir up trouble when I have had a few too many drinks and post comments on opinions that differ from my own. I hope that you can use that excuse for your ignorance. Hopefully in the future, you’ll put a breathalyzer on your keyboard? I’m sure your viewpoint is valid in some twisted way but you need to think before you type!

    • Avatar Of Kathy

      Kathy

      says:

      Way to go dug! You’re just a special kind of stupid, huh

    • Avatar Of Rosemary Landry

      Rosemary Landry

      says:

      Doug, it’s people like you who make me prefer dogs to humans.

    • Avatar Of Pam

      Pam

      says:

      Doug, excuse me but these dogs are heros in every since of the word, they put their lives on the line for our men and women fighting in wars, in police work, and are fantastic therapy dogs,they never question what they are trained to do. So yes we are rallying this dog, us animal lovers do have a life

    • Avatar Of Tracy

      Tracy

      says:

      I am very sure that the soldiers whose lives depend on these highly trained dogs do not agree with you. And your last statement show (to me) that you are a very shallow person.

    • Avatar Of Kay

      kay

      says:

      and you sir can fuck off.

    • Avatar Of Bobbie

      Bobbie

      says:

      You are a sad sort! Dogs are better than humans any day!!!!!!!!!!! I would die for that dog!!!!!

    • Avatar Of Mari C

      mari c

      says:

      Well its like this, our soldiers or animals should not be there to begin with. GET US ALL OUT NOW!!!!!!! they don’t want us there and we should leave and then all will be safe

    • Avatar Of Irene Bohmann

      Irene Bohmann

      says:

      This is for dipshit Doug. The reason that people love their dogs so very much is their dogs don’t say stupid things. Check yourself man. I wouldn’t give my dog’s life for yours, probly b/c you’re not worth it. It’s idiots like you that make me love my dog more.

    • Avatar Of Patricia

      Patricia

      says:

      Really Doug, there was NOT a human captured along with this service dog. And this service dog served a purpose for its handler. As it also tracks out roadside bombs and SAVES human lives..

    • Avatar Of Tonja Green

      Tonja Green

      says:

      Really? You’re idea of getting a life is getting laid? Just because a dog is being revered in this story doesn’t mean any one has any less respect for the humans laying their lives on the line every day. Dogs gladly lay their lives down for humans, they don’t need you to do it for them. Why are you even reading Dogington Post if you can’t understand the sentiments being expressed here? Troll much??

    • Avatar Of Sarahc

      sarahc

      says:

      I had no idea it wasn’t possible to feel compassion for animals and humans simultaneously!Some people only have half a heart,the other is made of stone.The dog is a victim,it didn’t volunteer.

    • Avatar Of Carin

      Carin

      says:

      Doug,

      Service dogs are a gift to this world and military dogs sacrafice their lives to protect our men and women. Your opinion has no place on this website. Time for you to get educated.

    • Avatar Of Han

      han

      says:

      Can’t we just trade them you? You choose the wrong page for that propaganda. These dogs fight for your freedoms as well without a choice.

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