Dog Aided in Raid That Killed Bin Laden

79 commandos and 1 dog were involved in the raid in Pakistan that left the terrorist mastermind dead.

A dog like this helped Navy SEALs nab Osama bin Laden.
A dog like this helped Navy SEALs nab Osama bin Laden. By: U.S. Air Force/

By now we’re all aware that terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden was killed on Sunday night in a raid in Pakistan. But were you aware that a dog was part of the mission?

It’s true. According to the New York Times, 79 commandos and 1 dog were involved in the raid on the sprawling compound in Abbottabad.

No details are yet available about the exact dog, but an expert on these matters tells us that it was likely one of three breeds. At any rate, service dogs are nothing unusual for the super-elite US Navy SEALs forces of the type that led the operation on Sunday night.

In fact, military K-9s have even been known to be outfitted in camouflaged bulletproof armor and given high-tech, infrared nightsight cameras complete with camera systems. (These gadgets cost about 20 grand each.)

In the past, military canines reportedly assisted in the capture of Saddam Hussein as well.

The covert raid on bin Laden’s compound by the Navy SEALs “Team Six” took about 40 minutes.

Let’s hear it for the canine component of the mission! This “Bin Laden dog” deserves the world’s biggest milkbone, right? (Or at least a “Bone Laden” chew toy.)

Dave Baker

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Dave Baker, founder and publisher of Petful, is a journalist and editor who has worked at The New York Times and The Nation magazine. He was also part of the Pulitzer Prize–winning team at The Times-Picayune newspaper of New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina, he moved to Brooklyn, New York, where Petful is now based. A longtime advocate for pet food safety, Dave has been passionately tracking pet food recalls for the past decade. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from Clemson University in his home state of South Carolina. Dave has cared for a number of dogs, cats and other small pets over the years.

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