February 6, 2014

"In the annals of prisoner-of-war videos, this seems to be a first. A slightly befuddled Belgian Malinois..."

"... appears on a tight leash, surrounded by heavily armed, bearded men boasting of their battlefield loot."

10 comments:

JPS said...

Afghans on either side are not often kind to dogs, and the greater the religious fervor, generally the less kind they are. I feel bad for him and his handler.

I was deployed to a NATO FOB within an Afghan training base. Dogs were forbidden on our FOB, but a couple of loyal strays hung out near our gate guards: They weren't technically on post, they were good for our guys' morale, and they provided some added security, which came in handy on a couple of occasions.

And these dogs knew exactly which Soldiers were Afghan and which were American or British - I don't know if it was by uniform pattern or by smell, but they knew who was going to kick them, and who was going to sneak them a little bit of food from the DFAC.

EDH said...

I got the impression he'll run away if he has the chance.

The Godfather said...

Althouse, you make me want to kill those dog-hating bastards. Are you intending to war monger?

Kelly said...

I remember a story about a stray dog adopted by some troops. An afghan with a bomb strapped on came into the room and the dog went berserk, even though he was in no way trained to detect such things. The dog saved the day. I hope this pooch takes a chomp out of one of these sob's before breaking for freedom. I'd pay to see that movie.

Anonymous said...

Restore the Caliphate or we'll shoot this dog.

Gene said...

If they know what's good for them the Taliban better not shoot his dog or cut its throat. Otherwise, PETA, if no one else, will launch its own Abraham Lincoln Brigade.

the jackal said...

I hope the end of this story is similar to the conclusion of the Hills Have Eyes.

MadisonMan said...

That is a beautiful dog. (sigh)

Can only guess at the agony of the handler.

I suspect the Taliban will underestimate the intelligence of the dog. I hope so. And it will escape.

Larry J said...

I work with a lot of veterans who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq. Last week, one told me about what happened to a bomb sniffing dog that was given to an Afghan police unit. Our guys came back the next day and found the dog missing. When they searched the area, they found unmistakable evidence that the dog was killed and eaten. That dog cost $20,000 to train and it didn't last a day on the job. I don't know what breed it was, but even if it was a fairly large animal, that's still some really expensive meat.

JackOfClubs said...

"as its captors showcase specialized rifles and a global positioning device with a blinking light that they say came attached to the canine"

Does anyone else think this might not be such a good idea?