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Belgian Malinois: The Dog That Took Down Osama Bin Laden?

Belgian Malinois

The Huffington Post  Dean Praetorius  First Posted: 05/ 5/11 12:45 PM ET Updated: 05/ 5/11 08:59 PM ET

Of the 80 member team that was deployed to take down bin Laden, few draw more speculation than the one on four legs.

Most likely a Belgian Malinois (though officials say it could also have been a German Shepherd), there was one non-human member of the SEAL team that raided Osama bin Laden's compound, according to the New York Times. The heroic pooch was strapped to a Navy SEAL as they were lowered from a hovering helicopter.

The news of the dog's use in the raid broke Wednesday, but like the other members of the team that was deployed, its identity remains unknown.

While the dog is known for its bomb-sniffing prowess, it has other capabilities that make it a wonderful dog-of-war. According to the Atlantic, the dog may have been trained to "sniff out enemy troops from up to 2 miles away."

The sensory perception brought by these dogs in a wartime situation is unparalleled. “The capability they bring to the fight cannot be replicated by man or machine,” General David H. Petraeus said last year, calling for more use of dogs.

But the coolest thing about these guys? Many SEAL dogs come equipped with "titanium fangs capable of ripping through enemy protective armor," at a cost of "about $2,000 a tooth," according to the Daily. That'll get the job done.

UPDATE: Though the dog began making headlines Wednesday, GlobalAnimal.org actually picked the nugget of information out of an NY Times article on Monday. You can see their original piece here.

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Of the 80 member team that was deployed to take down bin Laden, few draw more speculation than the one on four legs. Most likely a Belgian Malinois (though officials say it could also have been a G...
Of the 80 member team that was deployed to take down bin Laden, few draw more speculation than the one on four legs. Most likely a Belgian Malinois (though officials say it could also have been a G...
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0 minute ago (8:40 AM)
he really took a big bite out of crime
12 minutes ago (8:27 AM)
according to the liberal media dogs were not a good image...do you recall abugrahab and the outrage by the media...no­w the media says a dog is the hero...how things change in the liberal media when you have a liberal administra­tion
10 minutes ago (8:29 AM)
BOO HOO
Don't you get sick of yourself being such a LYINGsourG­OPeePot?
6 minutes ago (8:34 AM)
Republican­s/Teaparty­/ Conserviti­ves. All seem to hate those who do good things or help others. What is WRONG with these people?
20 minutes ago (8:20 AM)
You could hear the dog in the back round of the walk through. I thought it was Bin's dog barking at the troops. The next thing was no dog barkng so I thought they killed the dog. But I guess he was the US dog and he was out of the building being put back on the chopper. At least I hope they did. But they were only there 20 minutes. When I heard the dog the bodies were already gone. And they took the bodies with them when they left. HUM The troops could have just as easy killed the dog and left him also so they could make a fast get away.
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rsaillant1
He who argues facts wastes time, his & mine.
22 minutes ago (8:18 AM)
Perhaps the dog was enlisted because someone had
discovered in OBL's backround materiel, a case of
K9 phobia....­.and, an aside to "baharmon7­8," below,
if all stories followed the format you prefer, books
would contain a single page, beginning, middle and end
in one fell swoop...le­t it unfold and enjoy.

Einstein said that the reason for "TIME" was so that everything
didn't happen at once.
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HUFFPOST SUPER USER
IHateTheGOP
22 minutes ago (8:17 AM)
Obama is the TOP DOG baby! Obama 2012.
8 minutes ago (8:32 AM)
MAYBE THIS TERM WILL GIVE HIM THE KNOWLEDGE TO DO US AGAIN WITHOUT US SEEING IT
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HUFFPOST SUPER USER
phylsboutique
24 minutes ago (8:16 AM)
These dogs are AWESOME! My neighbor is a retired soldier and got to take his dog home with him. The dog is part of his family and protects his small children when they are outside and playing.
29 minutes ago (8:11 AM)
Took a Dog to do a job all Republican Party could not do in 8 years.
Need I say more?
Oh, give Obama a bone of a Republican Charlatan too, he is the TOP DOG.
6 minutes ago (8:33 AM)
LET OBAMA RUN AND HIDE IN THE CORNER ,,HE JUST PEED ON THE CARPET FROM FEAR
30 minutes ago (8:10 AM)
Good doggie!
5 minutes ago (8:35 AM)
GOOD DOGGIE...N­OW GO OUTSIDE AND BE A GOOD BOY
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bbrecht
30 minutes ago (8:09 AM)
Using dogs for war is not "cool."
16 minutes ago (8:24 AM)
Let's see.... It's "cool" that humans went in but PLEASE - no doggies? Give me a break.
3 minutes ago (8:36 AM)
Don't you remember your Shakespear­e: "Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war"....ha­d them back in those days too.
31 minutes ago (8:09 AM)
Titanium fangs???? Oh please! What else is our government expecting us to believe? The devil is dead. Let's just get on with life now.
36 minutes ago (8:04 AM)
Bet the dog doesn't whine as much as some of you
19 minutes ago (8:21 AM)
Perfect answer.
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Fudgefase
Scottish journalist
37 minutes ago (8:02 AM)
Sad that we still use animals to fight our battles.
1 minute ago (8:39 AM)
ANIMALS FLEW INTO THE TWIN TOWERS ,,,,
42 minutes ago (7:58 AM)
Yeah,that'­s cool but they left out the sad part. After all of their heroic and gallent service these dogs are killed when they become injured or get too old.
3 minutes ago (8:36 AM)
Carl Bowman...M­ost ordinary dogs are "put down" when they get too old or are severely injuried, not just service dogs.
42 minutes ago (7:57 AM)
Bury him with a piece of pork in his mouth
46 minutes ago (7:53 AM)
Now a dog. Whats next in the liberal press?? Perhaps Bo-Rack's aunt will be one of the seals or is she just like the,...dog­?
13 minutes ago (8:26 AM)
No it will be your momma. Get over the fact that we have a Black man as PRESIDENT.
0 minute ago (8:40 AM)
I THOUGHT HIS MAMA WAS WHITE ,,,,