According to recent reports, a British military dog has been captured by Taliban militants, and they are debating whether to use him against his former handlers.
After seizing the dog named DaGarwal (Pashto for Colonel), on December 23, 2013, the Taliban proceeded to upload a video bragging about their newest captive, along with other items that they had collected. “This dog was named after a colonel,” said one of the men “It had a torch on it and its neck wore a GPS.” Not only were they able to capture the dog, they also made away with three rifles, one pistol, a GPS and a torch.
The Taliban believed the dog to be owned by the American military, however American troops disputed the claim saying that the dog was actually working for the British SAS troops . A spokesperson for the NATO coalition in Afghanistan confirmed to ABC News that a service dog did, in fact, go missing in December, and has not been located since. "We can confirm that a military working dog went missing following an ISAF mission in December, 2013. It is ISAF policy to defer identification to the appropriate national authorities," the spokesperson said.
While the fate of Colonel is unknown, we do know that he is currently being well taken care of, or at least that is what the Taliban is saying. “Right now we are keeping the dog and trying to look after him,” Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban said. “It is not like the local dogs which will eat anything and sleep anywhere. We have to prepare him proper food and make sure he has somewhere to sleep properly," he explained. “We haven’t decided what to do with it yet. Maybe we will keep it and use it ourselves because it has been trained.”
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