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Afghani 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.