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Thursday, 5 May 2011

War Dog helped get Bin Laden

According to a New York Times article a Seal's team that got Osama Bin Laden took a War Dog to help them on this mission, possibly a German Shepherd or a Belgium Malinois not a ordinary dog though, these War Dogs are highly trained K-9's.
Basically War Dogs are dogs that help the soldiers fight a war. In the United States there are around 2.700 war dogs on active duty, and are the key for success in winning battles. The War Dog that was involved in the raid on Osama bin Laden is still kept as a secret and at this this point, "remains an enigma".
"Because of their intelligence, their willingness to work, the alertness, their speed, it's exactly why they're a perfect fit for the military," said Graham Bloem.
Bloem is a professional dog trainer that works with military dogs and trains police dogs. He is not surprised a military dog was used during the Bin Laden raid.
These dogs are also equipped with the latest technology, Navy Seals see everything the dog sees on a 3-inch monitor due to the infrared cameras the dogs are equipped with.

It was first reported by The New York Times that a special K-9 choppered in with the 79 elements of the elite US forces for the secret mission in Abbottabad, 30 miles (arround  50 km) from Islamabad, where Osama Bin Laden was finally sniffed out after a decade-long manhunt.
US military officials said they could not discuss anything related to tactics, procedures or protocol, including the deployment of canines.

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