In a video released on a jihadist website, a Belgian Malinois appears wearing a protective vest, surrounded by heavily armed men speaking loudly and displaying the dog for the camera. The militants claim to have captured the dog from American forces fighting in Afghanistan.
According to the Washington post, the U.S.-led International Assistance Security Force has confirmed a dog had gone missing. The nationality of the dog is still unclear, with U.S. officials saying it belonged to a British unit while Britain’s Ministry of Defense continues to investigate.
While prisoner-of-war videos are not new to warfare, this is the first video of a prisoner-of-war animal recorded.
“This dog was very important to the Americans,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid reports to NBC News. “Once we got this dog, the Americans tried their best to get it back but they did not succeed.”
Dogs of varying breeds have been used throughout history by Special forces to sniff out explosives, weapons and people. Belgian Malionois like the dog in the video, excel as police and military working dogs. When properly outfitted with cameras flotation vests, this breed and others serving in the military can make short jumps from helicopters into the water. A Belgian Malinois is reported to have assisted Seal Team 6 in taking down Osama Bin Laden.
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