War Dogs are dogs that help fight war. Dogs have been fighting alongside their human companion for many years. Since 9/11 the use of canines in combat has increased. As warfare has progress, so have the purposes of these dogs. Today, Military Working Dogs are serving with U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. These military dogs are highly trained, invaluable assets in the war on terror, detecting enemy and all sorts of explosives. The dog’s keen sense of smell and hearing makes them far more effective at detecting dangers than humans.
The latest killing of Osama Bin Laden has everyone talking about the Navy Seal Team 6. According to The New York Times, the team that killed Osama bin Laden was comprised of 79 commandos and one dog. The Sun reports that the dog was strapped to a team member and lowered into Bin Laden’s hideout from a Black Hawk helicopter. The military has been training dogs, just like the Seals, to be dropped into hostile territory from 25,000 feet in the air. To ensure their safety, they are given oxygen masks for helicopter jumps as well as helmets with video cameras for remote monitoring. These specially trained furry soldiers are trained to attack anyone carrying a weapon and have become a crucial 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.