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Hero Dog Helped In The Bin Laden Raid

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In today’s army, bomb sniffing dogs are more the rule than the exception. And in Sunday’s dramatic raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, a fearless four legged recruit was again right in the middle of the action.

The explosive-sniffing dog was strapped to an assault team member of the Navy Seals most prestigious outfit, Seal Team Six, as they fast roped from Black Hawk helicopters into bin Laden’s hideout in the town of Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Osama bin Laden, 54, the world’s most wanted man, was shot dead during the raid.

Heavily armored hounds — equipped with infrared night-sight cameras — have been used in the past by the top-secret unit.

The war dogs wear ballistic body armor that is said to withstand damage from single and double-edged knives, as well as protective gear which shields them from shrapnel and gunfire.

Navy Seal Dog with Protective Armor and infrared camera on back.

German Shepherds have been leading the way in British SAS raids in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Wearing oxygen masks, the pooches have been trained to jump from aircraft at 25,000ft, before seeking out insurgents in hostile environments.

The animals will attack anyone carrying a weapon and have become a pivotal part of special operations as they crawl unnoticed into tunnels or rooms to hunt for enemy combatants.

The cameras on their heads beam live TV pictures back to the troops, providing them with critical information and warning of ambushes.

Dogs were also used in the capture of Saddam Hussein and in the killing of the Iraqi dictator’s two sons.

Story By Elaine Furst For Dog Files

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Debbie Deal McGee
11 years ago

Dog’s are fabulously amazing creatures. They are SO smart, and have so much to offer, whether sniffing out bombs and paving the way for our soldiers, or sitting on a porch with friends and family, just enjoyin’ being alive. I am so proud of the important work these dogs do for our soldiers<3

Sandy
Sandy
11 years ago

Can anybody confirm that the dogs came back with Seal team six?

Sandy
Sandy
11 years ago

Can anybody confirm that the dogs came back with Seal team six?

Denise
Denise
11 years ago
Reply to  Sandy

Yes, apparently when President Obama met with Seal Team 6 to thank them he also met “Cairo”, the only member of the team that has been named publicly. Cairo was the only canine involved in the mission and he is ok.

Sandy
Sandy
11 years ago

Can anybody confirm that the dogs came back with Seal team six?

Phpatton
Phpatton
11 years ago

I love our four legged friends! These dogs are true heroes!

Cronus97
Cronus97
11 years ago

I don’t care what anyone else thinks but the German Shepherd dog is an Einstein in fur” As far as I’m concerned no other breed can match their loyality,proctective nature their steadyfast and their agility .. I love this breed.Thank you each and everyone of them. GOD SPEED!

Aaron
Aaron
11 years ago
Reply to  Cronus97

Pitbulls have all those attributes!

Ekana317
Ekana317
11 years ago
Reply to  Aaron

Loyal, loving and protective, yes IF properly cared for and loved! But Pitbulls are in no position to ever be compared with a G.S.D. They just aren’t! They do not possess a natural ability to be problem solvers and deep thinkers like German Shepherds are.
Pits can easily protect and fight for their owners but they have a breaking point. They will always back off/down at a certain point.
As one who has adored, bred, raised, trained and known this breed for my entire life, I offer the following: German Shepherds do not know what backing down means. This breed is selected by law enforcement and military uses for many reasons but mostly for it’s guts and genetic traits as I mentioned above.
A German Shepherd will never back off or back down once focused on the task at hand. Especially a Shepherd that’s much loved and properly trained.
They will stay on target right to the end, even if it means giving up their own lives! Like our Navy Seals, they are in it to win it. A non negotiable fact.
May God bless each and every last one of them! Pits too!

C-bowen250
C-bowen250
10 years ago
Reply to  Ekana317

Im not saying anything Ill of the German Shepard cuz their great dogs but you people abviously have NEVER OWNED A WELL BREAD GAME BREAD AMERICAN PITBULL TERRIER!!! Its true pitbulls have a breaking piont ITS WHEN ITS MASTER SAYS IT IS! And yes the German Shepard has one ITS WHEN THE PITBULL HAS AHOLD OF IT No dog can match the ferociousness, drive, determination, and loyalty for its master because NO OTHER DOG has been bred for mortal combat at the masters bidding accept the GAME BREAD PITBULL just because you breed and know TONS about GSDs dont mean you know anything of pitbulls the GSD has never been bread for fighting of any sort just protecting flocks and humans pitbulls were bread for one thing and one thing only KILLING ANIMALS IN THE PIT so if you wanna talk about A REAL WELL BREAD PITBULL i suggest you think about what your saying cuz a GSD has never beat a PITBULL in the pit LOOK IT UP PITBULLS NEVER BACK DOWN THAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A REQUIRED TRAIT ANY PITBULL THAT BACKED DOWN WOULD HAVE BEEN CULLED YOU THINK YOUD WANT A YELLOW DOG IN THE PIT LIKE THAT WOULD DO MUCH GOOD THINK ABOUT IT THE GSD HAS NEVER EVEN BEEN BREAD FOR FIGHTING EVER ITS THATS IT AND EVERYONE KNOWS THE BREADING STOCK OF GERMAN SHEPARDS IN AMERICA IS SHIT  THATS WHY POLICE IMPORT FROM GERMANY AND THE UK AND IF YOU HAVE EVER OWNED A GOOD PITTY YOU KNOW THEY ARE JUST AS SMART AS ANY DOG THERE IS NO BETTER

“GOD HELP THE CUR DOG” THATS THE GSD

Nubster
Nubster
9 years ago
Reply to  Ekana317

I’ll take a mal or dutch over a GSD any day of the week.

Tracey
Tracey
11 years ago
Reply to  Cronus97

Actually Border Collies are pretty durn good too lol. But I share your sentiment!

Ekana317
Ekana317
11 years ago
Reply to  Tracey

True! Border Collies have an amazingly strong & genetically solid ability to think, plan, focus & herd, but they don’t have the strength, steadfastness and (balls-to-the-wall) mindset to protect like a Shepherd does. No, German Shepherds pretty much stand alone when it comes to that! 🙂

Francine
Francine
11 years ago

God bless man’s best friend !

Melly
Melly
11 years ago

How do we know this is true? I love dogs too, but this article doesn’t attribute anyone.

Melly
Melly
11 years ago

How do we know this is true? I love dogs too, but this article doesn’t attribute anyone.

Bella By The Bay
11 years ago

Just more reason to love them!!!! Dogs are just so special & they prove it over & over everyday!!!

Bella By The Bay
11 years ago

Just more reason to love them!!!! Dogs are just so special & they prove it over & over everyday!!!

Baldon73
Baldon73
11 years ago

Please do not give any accredibility to this story. Spelling, grammar and military terminology are wrong

Baldon73
Baldon73
11 years ago

Please do not give any accredibility to this story. Spelling, grammar and military terminology are wrong

Tombo0712
Tombo0712
11 years ago

LETS SEE A CAT DO THAT!!!

Chickadidi
Chickadidi
11 years ago

Had a Dobie -Shep from the SPCA when growing up- amazing dog. RIP “Happy”

Kirc5707
Kirc5707
11 years ago

You can thank Charles Kirchner of the Metropolitan Police Washington, D.C. USA for this. It was his concept and training of the world’s first explosive detection canine in 1971. It was his ingenuity and forethought that helps solve a high tech problem with a low tech solution. At that time the MPDC used only dogs that were given to the department by civilians. See Police K9 magazine May June 2010 issue for details.

Vivia B
Vivia B
11 years ago

I hope a lot of people are inspired enough by these stories to adopt a homeless dog, especially from a government-type shelter (as opposed to a no-kill group). Any breed – but I know first-hand how much German shepherds suffer without a human to call their own. Come on, dogless ones, do it this weekend!

Firstrune
Firstrune
11 years ago

The dog used by the Navy Seals Team was NOT a German Shepherd.. it was a Belgian Malinois. They are the most highly used now in both military and police work.

Bambam Malinois
Bambam Malinois
11 years ago
Reply to  Firstrune

It is also a malinois that is pictured above labeled as a Navy Seal Do
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Anne Flyzik
Anne Flyzik
11 years ago
Reply to  Firstrune

As a huge fan of the German Shepherd Dog breed, I salute the Belgian Malinois, this particular dog Cairo and all the Malis out there protecting us all. The Mali’s smaller size, lighter weight, with its (like the Shepherd) enormous intelligence, trainability, and fighting spirit when the need arises should make all fans of both breeds proud.

Nitro-Time
Nitro-Time
11 years ago
Reply to  Firstrune

Thank you for clarifying this for our GS lover. The Belgian Malinois is the equivalent to the Iron Man Triathelete for working dogs in L.E. and the Military. In my opinion this breed (Cairo) was perfectly selected to work with our DEVGRU Team.

goldiver
11 years ago

nice one pooches.. 🙂

John M
10 years ago

Say what you want about the GS or the Malis but nothing . . .I mean nothing beats the dachshund.  I train a group of tactical weiner dogs out of Poughkeepsie S.W.A.T and their tenacity and intelligence can’t be beat.  It’s like they are part dog part four legged Ninjas when we put them in action.  Have you ever been pursued by a pack of hot dogs?  The perps stay down on the ground when these stubby little maniacs come around.

A guy with a dog
A guy with a dog
10 years ago

Dogs have been next to man through all his endeavors. They join our families, protect our children, and warn us from danger. We use them to extend our capabilities to detect dangerous items. They learn relentlessly only to hear us say “Good Dog!”, and maybe get a little treat ;). They give us their whole heart. And we love them for it. There probably is a place with no dogs… but who’d want to live there?

Sheila
Sheila
10 years ago

Dogs do not create war and should NOT be “fighting” wars. The WORST of it is that when we are DONE with them, after they have given their all, we ABANDON THEM THERE or KILL them. Shameful!

Kenn Bell
10 years ago
Reply to  Sheila

Not true, all war dogs are noe brought back home and adopted out.

While in combat, tens of thousands of young man and women have been saved by these bomb-sniffing dogs and are able to go home and see their wife’s, husbands, parents and children again.
In the last ten years less then 15 MWD’s have been killed in the line of duty. In the same ten years, 50 million dogs have been killed in shelters in the states. That’s the real battle we have to fight.
MWD’s are heroes of the highest kind and we will always understand the need for them and honor them at the Dog Files.
Thanks!

Kenn Bell
10 years ago
Reply to  Sheila

Not true, all war dogs are noe brought back home and adopted out.

While in combat, tens of thousands of young man and women have been saved by these bomb-sniffing dogs and are able to go home and see their wife’s, husbands, parents and children again.
In the last ten years less then 15 MWD’s have been killed in the line of duty. In the same ten years, 50 million dogs have been killed in shelters in the states. That’s the real battle we have to fight.
MWD’s are heroes of the highest kind and we will always understand the need for them and honor them at the Dog Files.
Thanks!

Fenris
Fenris
10 years ago

Sheila, don’t tell lies. The dogs are NOT abandoned or killed. It is true that after the Vietnam war the USA did not bring back their military dogs, but we realized how wrong that was and no longer do it. So stop telling tales. As a matter of fact, if the dogs do not go with their service member, they are put up for adoption: http://www.militaryworkingdogadoptions.com/

Rabbit Jerky
10 years ago

The world’s most intelligent dogs, great.

Long Beach Night Life
10 years ago

Simply great. Proud American Dogs.

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