Special Forces Dog Saves 6 Soldiers By Taking Out Armed Terrorists

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Terrorists in Syria have a new enemy to contend with.

It’s about 3 feet tall, sports a wet nose, and a body covered in fur. Added to that, he’s got at least one confirmed kill to his name.

The service dog, a Belgian Malnois serving with special forces soldiers from England, took down three attacking jihadis as they ambushed the team, and pinned them down with heavy fire. It ripped out the throat of one of the terrorists, and mauled two others.

Source: U.S. Central Command Rrobiek, a Belgian Malinois military working dog, and his handler, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Charles Ogin, 3rd Infantry Regiment, practice bite training after work Feb. 14 in Baghdad, Iraq.

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Rrobiek, a Belgian Malinois military working dog, and his handler, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Charles Ogin, 3rd Infantry Regiment, practice bite training.


“The initiative was with the terrorists and the only hope for the British was to try and make a run for it,” a source with the military told the Daily Star. “The handler removed the dog’s muzzle and directed him into a building from where they were coming under fire.

“They could hear screaming and shouting before the firing from the house stopped.”

Source: U.S. Air Force Arco, a Belgian Malinois military working dog, bites Senior Airman Chase Shankle, 96th Security Forces Squadron, during the Duke Field Wing Day event.

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Arco, a Belgian Malinois military working dog, bites Senior Airman Chase Shankle, 96th Security Forces Squadron, during the Duke Field Wing Day event.


The 6-member SAS team entered the building, finding their dog next to the man it killed.

“His throat had been torn out and he had bled to death,” the source told the Daily Star. “There was also a lump of human flesh in one corner and a series of blood trails leading out of the back of the building.”

Source: U.S. Air Force Gabe, a 12-year-old Belgian Malinois military working dog, takes a bite out of Tech. Sgt. Nathan Nash's padded sleeve during an attack demonstration July 27, 2010, in Southwest Asia.

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Gabe, a 12-year-old Belgian Malinois military working dog, takes a bite out of Tech. Sgt. Nathan Nash’s padded sleeve during an attack demonstration.


Throughout the firefight, the dog remained uninjured, buying enough time for the SAS to regroup and escape. Were it not for the dog, the team’s commander maintains, they may all have been killed.

The attacking jihadis tortured local young men for information on the SAS, but apparently did not realize which member of the team would present the biggest threat.

“The team listened to the villagers’ explanations about the ambush and accepted them,” the source said. “They have since been welcomed back many times and have trained a small militia who are now capable of defending the village.”

Source: Wikimedia Commons Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Jaime Perez, of Los Angeles, Calif., holds Military Working Dog (MWD) Barry, a three-year-old Belgian Malinois while biting the well protected hand of Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Clemente Cisneros, during a recent training session at the San Diego Naval Base dog kennel.

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Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Jaime Perez, of Los Angeles, Calif., holds Military Working Dog (MWD) Barry, a three-year-old Belgian Malinois while biting the well protected hand of Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Clemente Cisneros, during a training session.

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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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