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Taliban claims it has NATO military working dog

Feb. 6, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
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The Taliban has released footage of what they claim is a NATO working dog allegedly captured during fighting in eastern Afghanistan in December, the BBC is reporting.

A U.S. military official confirmed the dog does not serve with U.S. forces, but he declined to specify which NATO partner the dog hails from.

The dog, which the Taliban named “Colonel,” was captured after a raid on a Taliban camp, the BBC reported Thursday. The dog appears in a Taliban video with bearded fighters, who showcase captured NATO weaponry.

“Afghans in general are not known as dog lovers and sadly, once its trophy value has been exploited, Colonel’s future does not look good,” the BBC reported.

Reached via Twitter, a Taliban spokesman claimed the dog was captured following a Dec. 23 raid by U.S. forces in Alingar district, Laghman province. The spokesman also claimed six U.S. troops were killed in the raid. NATO announced two deaths for that day in separate attacks: One in eastern Afghanistan and one in southern Afghanistan.

When asked if the dog would be released, Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid did not answer directly. Instead, Mujahid sent Military Times the video showing the captured dog.

A NATO spokesman did not have any information about how the dog was captured.

“We can confirm that a military working dog went missing following an ISAF mission in December 2013,” Army Lt. Col. Will Griffin said in an email to Military Times on Thursday. “It is [International Security Assistance Force] policy to defer identification to the appropriate national authorities.”

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