News from the Syrian Civil War is shining the spotlight on the bravery of a service dog. When a team of special forces soldiers were surrounded by jihadis, their Belgian Malinois took on the insurgents. As the soldiers tried to find cover, the dog attacked. He took down three of the men,
The British SAS were on patrol in northern Syria. They began in vehicles, but had set out on foot in a village. That’s when they were attacked. The ambush had been set and the SAS were surrounded.
The dog, reacting to the threat, attacked one of the gunmen. He reportedly ripped the man’s throat out.
The dog mauled two others before the remaining insurgents fled.
“The SAS found themselves in a 360-degree ambush,” a source told reporters. “The initiative was with the terrorists and the only hope for the British was to try and make a run for it.”
“The handler removed the dog’s muzzle and directed him into a building from where they were coming under fire.”
“They could hear screaming and shouting before the firing from the house stopped.”
“When the team entered the building they saw the dog standing over a dead gunman.”
“His throat had been torn out and he had bled to death,’ the source added. “There was also a lump of human flesh in one corner and a series of blood trails leading out of the back of the building.”
“The dog was virtually uninjured. The SAS were able to consolidate their defensive position and eventually break away from the battle without taking any casualties.”
The mission commander was quick to recognize the efforts of the dog. The animal’s bravery and cunning gave them the upper hand. It must have proven quite a surprise, too, as the dog escaped the encounter unscathed.