Special Forces in Bin Laden Raid Assisted by Dog

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The daring raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound involved a highly skilled team of professionals – including an explosives detection dog.

Strapped to an assault team member, the unnamed dog was part of one of the most critical military operations our nation has undertaken in the middle east. As Black Hawk helicopters hovered, the dog and his handler were dropped into Bin Laden’s compound on the edge Abbottabad, Pakistan Sunday, joining the assault team as they ferreted out and assassinated one of the most evil terrorists the world has known.

Just last year, Gen. David H. Patraeus pointed out that the military would benefit from the use of  more dogs. “The capability they bring to the fight cannot be replicated by man or machine,” he said. “By all measures of performance, their yield outperforms any asset we have in our inventory.”

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In an interview with The New York Times, Maj. William Roberts, commander of the Defense Department’s Military Working Dog Center at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, said the dog on the raid could have served a variety of functions. First, the dog could have quickly checked the compound for explosives and even sniffed the handle of the door to the house to see if it was booby-trapped.

While the details of that night remain foggy, and we may never learn the name of the dog involved, it is worth noting that dogs have taken part in a number of important military operations of late, including the capture of Saddam Hussein and in the killing of the Iraqi dictator’s two sons. Armor clad German Shepherds have been playing a major role in SAS raids in both Iraq and Afghanistan, often donning oxygen masks as they jump from aircraft, four legged forces descending on our enemies in the name of freedom.

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30 thoughts on “Special Forces in Bin Laden Raid Assisted by Dog”

        • I was in the military as a vet tech for the Military working dogs, and the majority of the handlers feel those dogs are their partners and best friends. They would never leave them behind.

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          • This is true. They didn’t leave the dog behind. I read it in an article. Many Soldiers think dog are there companions and heroes. They can’t live without them. I know this cause my brother had a dog in Iraq. Loved him like no other <3

      • I hope that the times have change and they no longer leave the 4 legged military members behind. Not only on the emotional and moral side but at the price of $8000.00 plus per K-9. We ( Per order by US Goverment) left all of them behind in the 1970’s.

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  1. Dogs Rule!!!! Love, love, love! So do the men and women in our armed forces – all of them! Love, love, love!!!

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  2. (Another Max) I hope the Military keep their side of the bargain and bring all the dogs home, not just abandon them to a fate worse than death like the hundreds left behind in Viet-Nam

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    • I believe the military do bring the dogs home when they are retired. It’s the outside consultants that leave them to live their lives out in a dog run. That is why Baghdad Pups is so important.

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