Taliban Take Military Dog Hostage

A spokesperson for the group claimed the animal “was of high significance” to U.S. forces.

U.S. soldiers gather after a clash between Taliban and Afghan security forces in Torkham on September 2, 2013. A group of Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen have attacked a US base near the Pakistani border in eastern Afghanistan, sparking a three-hour shootout, officials said. No member of the US-led NATO mission in Afghanistan was killed in the attack on a base in Nangarhar province, said a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
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Jordain Carney
Feb. 6, 2014, 11:57 a.m.

The Taliban re­leased a video this week fea­tur­ing a mil­it­ary dog the group says it cap­tured dur­ing a fight with U.S. forces.

In the video, the dog is sur­roun­ded by a hand­ful of men dis­play­ing rifles and oth­er weapons. A Taliban-af­fil­i­ated Twit­ter ac­count said the dog and equip­ment were taken dur­ing a fight in the Alingar Dis­trict in west­ern Afgh­anistan.

Lt. Col. Will Griffin, a spokes­per­son for the in­ter­na­tion­al mil­it­ary co­ali­tion in the coun­try, told The Wash­ing­ton Post that they lost a dog in Decem­ber.

Zabiul­lah Mu­jahid, a spokes­per­son for the Taliban, said the dog “was of high sig­ni­fic­ance” to U.S. forces.

The dog wags its tail dur­ing the video and runs around. As The Post notes, it “ap­pears more con­fused than ter­ri­fied.”

It is be­lieved to be the first time a mil­it­ary dog has been taken cap­tive.


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