first published on April 24, 2018 by Will
Here is some combat footage from a military working dog handler’s perspective during a direct fire engagement.
A firefight pits a combined force of the 30th Infantry Regiment, Special Operations, and Afghan Local Police against the Taliban in the village of Zombalay, Afghanistan. The action is captured on two separate helmet cams.
Zombalay, also called “Zombieland” by American troops, is located in Nasr-e-Saraj district of Helmand Province.
During this phase of the fight, coalition forces were conducting interoperability missions with local police forces with the intention of showing them how to perform their duties to standard in preparation for the upcoming American withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Dogs have been used in warfare since ancient times. They were employed as sentries, scouts, and man trackers. In modern times, their roles have expanded to mine and bomb detection as well as an intimidation factor when questioning detainees.
A Belgian Malinois military working dog named Cairo was even on the “Zero Dark Thirty” Navy SEALs raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.