For centuries, military units around the world have known that there was value bringing man’s best friend into combat. Dogs are naturally loyal, brave, and fantastic companions, and have done everything from raising the morale of troops in hostile areas to acting as valuable members of a fire team.
Members of England’s Special Air Service found out just how useful a dog can be when a brave beast they brought with them into the harsh terrain of Syria fought and killed three jihadi fighters for the elite unit during a frenzied ‘360-degree’ ambush. The dog ripped out the throats of the Muslims.
Had it not been for the dog’s actions two months ago, the Regiment might have been short a few good soldiers. Instead, a few jihadis learned not to mess with Fido, who surely fits the definition of ‘good boy.’
A six-man SAS team was operating in Syria in May, hunting the enemy and high-value targets.
Along with the six highly-trained operators, they brought a highly-trained four-legged warrior; a Belgian Malinois.
The Belgian Malinois, which looks a bit like a skinnier, more muscular, and less furry German Shepherd, has been used around the world as a ‘working’ dog. It does everything from sniffing out IED’s and explosives to tracking criminals and working in search and rescue missions.
The SAS squad decided to bring along their pup when they exited their vehicles and moved away from their armored convoy in order to check the small village they had entered on foot.
Shortly after they left the safety of their convoy, however, they were ambushed from all sides.
The operators returned fire, but their enemy was closing the gap and was beginning to outflank the soldiers.
The dog’s handler removed the muzzle, and directed his animal to a building that was firing on the soldiers.
The elite troopers heard screaming, and then the fire from the house ceased.
They carefully entered the building, mindful to keep an eye out for explosives, trip wires, and other nasty surprises that Islamic extremists use.
When they made their entry and cleared the building, they found their warrior dog.
It was standing over a dead gunman.
The dog had torn the gunman apart, causing him to bleed to death.
There was also evidence that the dog had managed to injure at least one other terrorist, as there was a blood trail that led through the building and out the back, and a small pile of human flesh in the corner.
According to the commando in charge of the unit, the dog, its loyalty, and its bravery, directly saved the lives of each member of the six-man group.
The commander also said that the dog was virtually uninjured after he attacked the terrorists.
A Belgian Malinois, who likely cost the British Army around $4,000 all told, saved the lives of six of the best and brightest the nation could produce.
Dogs are wondrous creatures. They’ll withstand adversity and hardship for the sake of their owner, or for a treat, a kind word, and a scratch behind the ears.
It’s often been said that they’re man’s best friend. Famous writers like Rudyard Kipling portrayed the dog as a noble and loyal beast.
Military units and police around the world, however, can attest to the value of a good ‘working’ dog.
Indeed, dogs of various breeds have been in use in warfare since at least 600 BC, when, according to a written account by Alyattes of Lydia, the dogs were used to kill invaders.
After the World Trade Center collapsed, it was working dogs who helped to find people in the rubble.
During the Global War on Terror, military dogs have been utilized by multiple nations, including the United States and its allies.
Obviously, they are well worth the time and effort that goes into training them (and their handlers) for military tasks.
There are even dogs currently in service who are not only Airborne qualified (meaning that they can jump out of a flying aircraft attached to an individual with a static line that will automatically open the parachute), but some are even carried by special operations troops in HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) jumps.