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article imageOp-Ed: Super Dog part of operation against Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan

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By Ernest Dempsey
May 6, 2011 in World
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Abbottabad - Hunting down Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan isn't solely the work of men. There was another figure who participated in the mission: A four-legged hero.
Man’s best friend is now his partner in curbing terrorism. It’s a dog story, albeit a protected one. But it’s out in this video . The story talks about a highly trained dog, a Super Dog, which was on the forefront with its human partners, the American seal commandoes, during the military operation against Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad (Pakistan) on May 1.
The “super-secret, four-legged warrior” was one of the more than 3,000 dogs trained for assisting in military operations. Like the rest of commandoes on the mission that ended the world’s most wanted terrorist—Osama Bin Laden—the name of the dog hero and other details of its breed and role etc are not being made public. That’s understandable. After all, we don’t want our Super Hero to be at risk of some terrorist backlash.
The ABC news story video shows a US army sergeant who refuses to disclose the details of where the commando dogs came from, saying he doesn’t know. The video report says 70 to 100 canines are trained per year for the Special Operations Command by private contractors. Key training tasks for these would-be super dogs are: pursuing, tracking, patrolling, and biting/holding feeling subjects—all activities well matching the canine instincts.
Once trained, they are damn good at finding explosives and subduing targets. They are made accustomed to wearing night goggles and water proof body armor, when out on duty, which is resistant to bullets and sharp metallic objects.
Not only that, but they are wired and can receive orders remotely via ear-worn devices.
With a biting pressure of 400 to 700 pounds, these guys are real fighters and the one that helped getting Osama must have been one of the best. So now, when we know that dogs are an asset in fighting terrorism, we expect the US government not to forget awarding the canine hero who fought side by side with his human partners in hunting the worlds’ most wanted militant.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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