You’ve all heard the news – a recent US military raid resulted in the annihilation of the leader of a large terrorist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
By, 28 Oct 2019
But it comes as no surprise to us that the true heroes of the day were revealed to be no less than the military dogs deployed on this mission.
Indeed, the dogs, described by President Trump as ‘beautiful’ and ‘talented’, chased the man through underground tunnels, leading US soldiers to their target.
Though one of the dogs was injured, all the men and animals involved in the raid survived.
We have declassified a picture of the wonderful dog (name not declassified) that did such a GREAT JOB in capturing and killing the Leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi! pic.twitter.com/PDMx9nZWvw— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2019
There are no details yet about the dogs involved, but they are thought to be Belgian Malinois and German Shepherds. These two breeds are especially favoured by the military due to their incredible intelligence and receptiveness to training. Their strength and endurance are also a plus for missions which involve a lot of physical exertion on the animal’s part.
These dogs’ top quality lies in their ability to deploy an offensive attack and retract it just as easily on their trainer’s command.
Dogs like these are valuable weapons, and as such, are not cheap to come by. A fully trained military dog can cost upward of $283,000!
Not ‘just’ dogs
Similarly to the UK, the US no longer considers service animals as equipment, but rather as full members of their human team. We hope these hero dogs will be justly decorated for their service, and that they will receive all the care and attention they need when they return home!
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