Afghan Taliban Capture British Military Dog
ISAF officials in Afghanistan have confirmed a military dog went missing during a mission in December last year.
US military sources say the dog belonged to a coalition partner and the BBC knows that it was working for British forces.
The Taliban earlier published a video of what they stated was a dog they captured from US troops.
They said the dog, apparently called Colonel, was wearing a GPS tracking device, a torch and small camera.
Looking somewhat mournful, on a lead being held by a long-haired Taliban fighter, the small reddish-brown dog was displayed for a Taliban cameraman, reports the BBC’s David Loyn in Kabul.
The Taliban mentioned the dog was taken during a night raid in Laghman in eastern Afghanistan at the end of December.
The insurgents likewise showed off captured weapons of a type frequently used by American special forces.
BBC’s correspondent says there were local reports a couple of weeks ago that a senior Taliban commander in the area was seen with a “foreign dog”.
However the video is the first positive sighting.
Coalition forces have long used sniffer and protection dogs in Afghanistan, mainly German shepherds, Labradors or spaniels.
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