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Military canine 'in Afghan Taleban custody'

Published on Feb 7, 2014 4:32 AM
 
A video posted on the insurgents' website on Wednesday and later on Facebook shows the animal, named by the Taleban as "Colonel", being held on a leash in a small, well-lit courtyard surrounded by five men holding guns and grenades. --PHOTO:AFP

KABUL (AFP) - The Taleban say they captured a military dog from foreign forces operating in Afghanistan following a battle in the east of the country late last year.

In a video posted on the insurgents' website on Wednesday and later on Facebook, the Taleban claim the dog was seized from the US military. But Western defence sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP the dog belonged to British forces.

The video shows the animal, whom the Taleban said is named "Colonel", being held on a leash in a small, well-lit courtyard surrounded by five men holding guns and grenades.

Wearing a black vest with pouches for equipment, the dark brown canine wags its tail and later perks up its ears as the militants begin chanting in the background.

 
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