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SmashMouth 05-06-2011 11:58 AM

Navy Seal Dog the real hero in the Bin Laden raid?
 
Intense interest surrounds dog who may have participated in bin Laden raid.

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Americans are fascinated by the anonymous U.S. Navy SEALs who daringly raided Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad, Pakistan compound this week, but one canine commando is attracting especially fervent interest.

According to the New York Times and the British tabloid The Sun, a military dog (not pictured) was strapped onto one of the assault team members as he was lowered out of a Black Hawk helicopter and began the operation that killed the notorious terrorist on Monday. But who is this canine hero?

Sadly, we know very little, and the Pentagon hasn't confirmed that a dog was even on the mission, much less release information about the canine's name or breed.

"Little is known about what may be the nation's most courageous dog," the Times' Gardner Harris writes. He speculates that the dog was most likely a German shepherd or a Belgian Malinois, since those are the breeds most often found in the military's 2,700-strong military dog program. (A new breed, however, is becoming popular with the troops. Labrador retrievers have begun to "wander off-leash 100 yards or more in front of patrols to ensure the safety of the route.")


The Pentagon and White House are keeping tight-lipped about the details of the operation, but that, of course, hasn't prevented commentators from speculating on the dog's role based on the functions of other war dogs in combat. "It's possible that the commandos brought a specialized search dog, which would have been sent in ahead of the humans to find explosives or people hidden inside the building," Slate's Brian Palmer writes. Or the dog could have been a "combat tracker"--canines who are specially trained to sniff out individuals and then follow their trail. Saddam Hussein was found in a hole under a hut--the assault team could have decided that they needed a good tracking dog in case bin Laden had a similar idea.

Intense interest surrounds dog who may have participated in bin Laden raid - Yahoo! News

saintfan 05-06-2011 12:55 PM

LOVE IT!

papz 05-06-2011 02:03 PM

Now... just imagine if we could train a Honey Badger. Endless possibilities.

Srgt. Hulka 05-06-2011 02:57 PM

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Originally Posted by papz (Post 298504)
Now... just imagine if we could train a Honey Badger. Endless possibilities.

Only problem with Honey Badger is that he don't give a ****.

papz 05-06-2011 03:09 PM

Dammit you're right.


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