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A highly trained dog called Cairo was part of the SEAL Team six that raided Osama bin Laden’s compound, Abbottabad eventually killing him.
Cairo, a German shepherd was tasked with tracking down anyone who tried to flee from bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.
The Canine SEAL was fitted with a hi-tech kit worth $30 000 and was able to take high definition videos according to The Independent.
Cairo was amongst the growing number of dogs deployed in the battle fields and are also trained to jump from choppers and parachute at great heights or sniff out drugs and even roadside bombs.
Ron Aiello of the US war Dogs told Associated Press that the fully trained dogs are probably worth $40 000 to $50 000.
Aiello describes the Canines as “Dogs that have been saving Americans”
Every year at least 300 retired dogs are put up for adoption each year and the Military Working Dog association is reported to have received 300 enquiries in the last two alone, the Independent reported.
They may look like your normal house dog, but these military dogs are highly trained, invaluable assets in the war on terror. They are capable of detecting explosives, finding enemies and chasing down anyone who tries to escape.
In fact, New York Times reported that Cairo was the only dog amongst 79 commandos.
ABC news reports that the dogs have now become target for the Taliban who have realized that the dogs are successful at uncovering IEDs.
The dogs are fitted with vests reported to have infrared and night vision cameras that allow handlers to use monitor to see what the dogs see.
Handlers are also able to communicate with the dogs through a speaker on the vest.
ABC News further reports that: "Dogs have been fighting with U.S. soldiers for centuries ... unofficially in the Civil War and then officially inducted into the U.S. Army in 1942 for World