Dogs have been at the forefront of frontiers, airport check-in, customs and narcotics, docks and shipyards, railways stations – all to thwart terrorists and their evil plans. These amazing sentries work tirelessly to uphold the free world ideas and promote peace.
Trained dogs have been long been braving the militants. Coupled with their inherent courage and ballistic body armor, the dogs can survive shrapnel and gunfire. Dogs have proved far better than people or machines at quickly finding bombs.
The aftershocks of Abbottabad haven’t yet subsided. It was quite a stir that the stealth mission stimulated around the globe. However, neither the celebration recognizing the drawing of final curtains on the face of terror nor the controversy simmering over the alienation of Pakistan from the cohort operation has quite faded.
Amidst all the media brouhaha, there remains our good old friend ─ the dog who helped Navy Seals in the operation! Well, he is not quite in obscurity anymore. There are articles being written about him in The SUN and The New York Times. Here’s saluting our comrade for the gutsy galore!
During the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, US navy Seals special forces had with them a dog named Cairo, who had undergone the canine equivalent of special services training. He wore a Kevlar vest with harnesses for repelling and parachuting, and a night-vision camera with an 180-degree field of vision.
The hero dog was wounded in the operation to take down Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, the terrorist organization.
The trained pooches attack anyone carrying a weapon and are now 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.
Closer home in India, the cousins of the special breed canines, which assisted the elite US Navy SEALs in sniffing out Osama bin Laden from his safe haven in Pakistan, will now help Indian security forces in ‘find and fix‘ anti-Naxal operations in dense forests and difficult terrains.
In the recent Paris terrorist attacks, French police dog Diesel lost his life at the Saint-Denis siege after a brave act.
It is understood the dog was the first to be sent into the apartment where three terrorists were believed to be hiding out. Unconfirmed reports suggested Diesel was killed when a female suicide bomber activated her explosive vest.
And it isn’t all; dogs have always played a pivotal paw in many of such military operations. The operation that led to the capture of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussain was also aided by the canine support.
Personally, I detest having animals involved in the imbroglio but given the state of the world, we can’t trust humans to ward off terror. After their service is done, most dogs are available for adoption. Loyalty is a quintessential canine trait! Goes on to establish (all over again) that dogs are a comrades’ best friend too!