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Dogs of war

<p>A U.S. Army soldier with the 10th Special Forces Group and his military working dog jump off the ramp of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment during water training over the Gulf of Mexico as part of exercise Emerald Warrior 2011 in this U.S. military handout image from March 1, 2011. The New York Times and other United States media have reported that a military canine accompanied Navy SEAL Team Six commandos into a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan in a raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.  REUTERS/Manuel J. Martinez/U.S. Air Force/Handout  </p>

A U.S. Army soldier with the 10th Special Forces Group and his military working dog jump off the ramp of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment during water training over the Gulf of Mexico as part of exercise...more

A U.S. Army soldier with the 10th Special Forces Group and his military working dog jump off the ramp of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment during water training over the Gulf of Mexico as part of exercise Emerald Warrior 2011 in this U.S. military handout image from March 1, 2011. The New York Times and other United States media have reported that a military canine accompanied Navy SEAL Team Six commandos into a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan in a raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. REUTERS/Manuel J. Martinez/U.S. Air Force/Handout

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<p>A military working dog outfitted with its own equipment and light heads up the steps of a building in this undated handout image from the Canadian company "K9 Storm Inc." which manufactures a range of specialized gear that includes high-tech canine flak jackets and tactical body armor. Military Working Dog locating target in building search in zero light conditions. The K9 Storm Intruder provides real time video feed back to the operator through multiple fortified barriers. Intruder night vision capabilities adjust automatically to various light conditions for optimal high resolution video.REUTERS/K9 Storm Inc./Handout </p>

A military working dog outfitted with its own equipment and light heads up the steps of a building in this undated handout image from the Canadian company "K9 Storm Inc." which manufactures a range of specialized gear that includes high-tech canine...more

A military working dog outfitted with its own equipment and light heads up the steps of a building in this undated handout image from the Canadian company "K9 Storm Inc." which manufactures a range of specialized gear that includes high-tech canine flak jackets and tactical body armor. Military Working Dog locating target in building search in zero light conditions. The K9 Storm Intruder provides real time video feed back to the operator through multiple fortified barriers. Intruder night vision capabilities adjust automatically to various light conditions for optimal high resolution video.REUTERS/K9 Storm Inc./Handout

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<p>Staff Sgt. Erick Martinez, a military dog handler, uses an over-the-shoulder carry with his dog Argo II in this March 4, 2011 handout image released by the U.S. Air Force, during an exercise at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.   REUTERS/Allen Stokes/U.S. Air Force/Handout  </p>

Staff Sgt. Erick Martinez, a military dog handler, uses an over-the-shoulder carry with his dog Argo II in this March 4, 2011 handout image released by the U.S. Air Force, during an exercise at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. REUTERS/Allen Stokes/U.S....more

Staff Sgt. Erick Martinez, a military dog handler, uses an over-the-shoulder carry with his dog Argo II in this March 4, 2011 handout image released by the U.S. Air Force, during an exercise at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. REUTERS/Allen Stokes/U.S. Air Force/Handout

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<p>Pronto, a Special Operations Forces Multi Purpose Canine, successfully jumped out of a CH-47, Chinook helicopter during Emerald Warrior training exercise at Hurlburt Field, Florida in this March 1, 2011 photograph. REUTERS/Erik Cardenas/U.S. Air Force/Handout  </p>

Pronto, a Special Operations Forces Multi Purpose Canine, successfully jumped out of a CH-47, Chinook helicopter during Emerald Warrior training exercise at Hurlburt Field, Florida in this March 1, 2011 photograph. REUTERS/Erik Cardenas/U.S. Air...more

Pronto, a Special Operations Forces Multi Purpose Canine, successfully jumped out of a CH-47, Chinook helicopter during Emerald Warrior training exercise at Hurlburt Field, Florida in this March 1, 2011 photograph. REUTERS/Erik Cardenas/U.S. Air Force/Handout

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<p>Edy, a military working/patrol explosive detection dog, takes a break after going through an explosive device detection training session at Forward Operating Base Lagman, Afghanistan in this February 18, 2011 photograph.  REUTERS/Adrian Cadiz/U.S. Air Force/Handout  </p>

Edy, a military working/patrol explosive detection dog, takes a break after going through an explosive device detection training session at Forward Operating Base Lagman, Afghanistan in this February 18, 2011 photograph. REUTERS/Adrian Cadiz/U.S....more

Edy, a military working/patrol explosive detection dog, takes a break after going through an explosive device detection training session at Forward Operating Base Lagman, Afghanistan in this February 18, 2011 photograph. REUTERS/Adrian Cadiz/U.S. Air Force/Handout

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<p>A military working dog outfitted with specialized gear of its own is seen in this undated handout image released by the Canadian company "K9 Storm Inc." which manufactures a range of specialized gear that includes high-tech canine flak jackets and tactical body armor used by the U.S. military and other nations. REUTERS/K9 Storm Inc./Handout  </p>

A military working dog outfitted with specialized gear of its own is seen in this undated handout image released by the Canadian company "K9 Storm Inc." which manufactures a range of specialized gear that includes high-tech canine flak jackets and...more

A military working dog outfitted with specialized gear of its own is seen in this undated handout image released by the Canadian company "K9 Storm Inc." which manufactures a range of specialized gear that includes high-tech canine flak jackets and tactical body armor used by the U.S. military and other nations. REUTERS/K9 Storm Inc./Handout

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<p>U.S. Army Spc. Dennis Bechtel and his working dog Randy investigate holes in a mud wall for weapon caches during a cordon and search mission outside the village of Uch Tapa, Iraq, in this December 31, 2007 file photograph.  REUTERS/Samuel Bendet/U.S. Air Force/Handout </p>

U.S. Army Spc. Dennis Bechtel and his working dog Randy investigate holes in a mud wall for weapon caches during a cordon and search mission outside the village of Uch Tapa, Iraq, in this December 31, 2007 file photograph. REUTERS/Samuel Bendet/U.S....more

U.S. Army Spc. Dennis Bechtel and his working dog Randy investigate holes in a mud wall for weapon caches during a cordon and search mission outside the village of Uch Tapa, Iraq, in this December 31, 2007 file photograph. REUTERS/Samuel Bendet/U.S. Air Force/Handout

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<p>Spc. Joseph Lopez, a military working dog handler for Combined Team Zabul, Afghanistan, deployed from the 148th Military Police Detachment, Ft. Carson, Colorado, runs through a challenge drill with Edy, a U.S. Air Force military working/patrol explosive detection dog, at Forward Operating Base Lagman in Afghanistan in this February 18, 2011 photograph. REUTERS/Adrian Cadiz/U.S. Air Force/Handout </p>

Spc. Joseph Lopez, a military working dog handler for Combined Team Zabul, Afghanistan, deployed from the 148th Military Police Detachment, Ft. Carson, Colorado, runs through a challenge drill with Edy, a U.S. Air Force military working/patrol...more

Spc. Joseph Lopez, a military working dog handler for Combined Team Zabul, Afghanistan, deployed from the 148th Military Police Detachment, Ft. Carson, Colorado, runs through a challenge drill with Edy, a U.S. Air Force military working/patrol explosive detection dog, at Forward Operating Base Lagman in Afghanistan in this February 18, 2011 photograph. REUTERS/Adrian Cadiz/U.S. Air Force/Handout

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<p>A British soldier from 3 SCOTS rests with his dog after taking over a Taliban compound in a Taliban-held area of Afghanistan's Helmand province during Operation Panther's Claw, July 10, 2009. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood </p>

A British soldier from 3 SCOTS rests with his dog after taking over a Taliban compound in a Taliban-held area of Afghanistan's Helmand province during Operation Panther's Claw, July 10, 2009. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

A British soldier from 3 SCOTS rests with his dog after taking over a Taliban compound in a Taliban-held area of Afghanistan's Helmand province during Operation Panther's Claw, July 10, 2009. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>An Afghan member of a demining squad guides his dog through a mine field during a mine clearing operation outside the village of Tangi Saidan November 15, 2009.  REUTERS/Jerry Lampen </p>

An Afghan member of a demining squad guides his dog through a mine field during a mine clearing operation outside the village of Tangi Saidan November 15, 2009. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

An Afghan member of a demining squad guides his dog through a mine field during a mine clearing operation outside the village of Tangi Saidan November 15, 2009. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

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<p>A policeman holds the leash of a bomb-sniffing dog while checking a vehicle at a security checkpoint in Baghdad May 10, 2009.   REUTERS/Atef Hassan </p>

A policeman holds the leash of a bomb-sniffing dog while checking a vehicle at a security checkpoint in Baghdad May 10, 2009. REUTERS/Atef Hassan

A policeman holds the leash of a bomb-sniffing dog while checking a vehicle at a security checkpoint in Baghdad May 10, 2009. REUTERS/Atef Hassan

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<p>U.S. soldiers from the Second Stryker Cavalry Regiment rest next dogs trained to sniff for explosives at the Diyala media center in Diyala province August 6, 2008. REUTERS/Andrea Comas </p>

U.S. soldiers from the Second Stryker Cavalry Regiment rest next dogs trained to sniff for explosives at the Diyala media center in Diyala province August 6, 2008. REUTERS/Andrea Comas

U.S. soldiers from the Second Stryker Cavalry Regiment rest next dogs trained to sniff for explosives at the Diyala media center in Diyala province August 6, 2008. REUTERS/Andrea Comas

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<p>U.S. Air Force Staff Sargent Robert Lewis and his police dog Bronx help U.S. Army soldiers search a building in Baghdad's Mansour district April 4, 2007.  REUTERS/Bob Strong </p>

U.S. Air Force Staff Sargent Robert Lewis and his police dog Bronx help U.S. Army soldiers search a building in Baghdad's Mansour district April 4, 2007. REUTERS/Bob Strong

U.S. Air Force Staff Sargent Robert Lewis and his police dog Bronx help U.S. Army soldiers search a building in Baghdad's Mansour district April 4, 2007. REUTERS/Bob Strong

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<p>Shadow, an Afghan puppy owned by Canadian soldiers from the NATO-led coalition, sits in his sand-bagged kennel at Three Tank Hill base near Panjwaii town in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, October 27, 2007. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly</p>

Shadow, an Afghan puppy owned by Canadian soldiers from the NATO-led coalition, sits in his sand-bagged kennel at Three Tank Hill base near Panjwaii town in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, October 27, 2007. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Shadow, an Afghan puppy owned by Canadian soldiers from the NATO-led coalition, sits in his sand-bagged kennel at Three Tank Hill base near Panjwaii town in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, October 27, 2007. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

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<p>A U.S. Military Police dog, trained in detecting explosives, searches two containers found during a cache search of farmland outside of the town of Osharea, Iraq, in this March 20, 2009 file photograph. REUTERS/Brian L. Short /U.S. Navy photo/Handout </p>

A U.S. Military Police dog, trained in detecting explosives, searches two containers found during a cache search of farmland outside of the town of Osharea, Iraq, in this March 20, 2009 file photograph. REUTERS/Brian L. Short /U.S. Navy photo/Handout...more

A U.S. Military Police dog, trained in detecting explosives, searches two containers found during a cache search of farmland outside of the town of Osharea, Iraq, in this March 20, 2009 file photograph. REUTERS/Brian L. Short /U.S. Navy photo/Handout

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<p>A German armed forces Bundeswehr soldier plays with his sniffer dog after searching for improvised explosive devices (IOD) in Kunduz, Afghanistan April 20, 2009. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach</p>

A German armed forces Bundeswehr soldier plays with his sniffer dog after searching for improvised explosive devices (IOD) in Kunduz, Afghanistan April 20, 2009. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

A German armed forces Bundeswehr soldier plays with his sniffer dog after searching for improvised explosive devices (IOD) in Kunduz, Afghanistan April 20, 2009. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

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<p>A French soldier from the 3rd Infantry Regiment of the Marines (RIMa) trains in the French Alps at Briancon, May 4, 2009 as they prepare for their mission in Afghanistan as part of multi-national forces in the country.      REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen </p>

A French soldier from the 3rd Infantry Regiment of the Marines (RIMa) trains in the French Alps at Briancon, May 4, 2009 as they prepare for their mission in Afghanistan as part of multi-national forces in the country. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen more

A French soldier from the 3rd Infantry Regiment of the Marines (RIMa) trains in the French Alps at Briancon, May 4, 2009 as they prepare for their mission in Afghanistan as part of multi-national forces in the country. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

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<p>Dog handlers stand at attention with their dogs before a training routine at the army's School of Canine in Bogota, Colombia November 22, 2010. REUTERS/John Vizcaino  </p>

Dog handlers stand at attention with their dogs before a training routine at the army's School of Canine in Bogota, Colombia November 22, 2010. REUTERS/John Vizcaino

Dog handlers stand at attention with their dogs before a training routine at the army's School of Canine in Bogota, Colombia November 22, 2010. REUTERS/John Vizcaino

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<p>Doghandler Sergeant Justin McGhee (C) with the US Army's 67th Engineer Detachment and his dog Archie run for cover during a gun battle with suspected Taliban militants near the village of Jilga in Arghandab District north of Kandahar July 8, 2010. REUTERS/Bob Strong </p>

Doghandler Sergeant Justin McGhee (C) with the US Army's 67th Engineer Detachment and his dog Archie run for cover during a gun battle with suspected Taliban militants near the village of Jilga in Arghandab District north of Kandahar July 8, 2010....more

Doghandler Sergeant Justin McGhee (C) with the US Army's 67th Engineer Detachment and his dog Archie run for cover during a gun battle with suspected Taliban militants near the village of Jilga in Arghandab District north of Kandahar July 8, 2010. REUTERS/Bob Strong

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<p>A military helicopter carries soldiers and military dogs from the Special Force Corp (Kopassus) during celebrations to mark its 51st anniversary at their headquarters in Jakarta April 16, 2003. REUTERS/Supri</p>

A military helicopter carries soldiers and military dogs from the Special Force Corp (Kopassus) during celebrations to mark its 51st anniversary at their headquarters in Jakarta April 16, 2003. REUTERS/Supri

A military helicopter carries soldiers and military dogs from the Special Force Corp (Kopassus) during celebrations to mark its 51st anniversary at their headquarters in Jakarta April 16, 2003. REUTERS/Supri

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<p>Israeli soldiers unload their weapons near Erez crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip, after a military operation in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip October 29, 2007. REUTERS/Amir Cohen </p>

Israeli soldiers unload their weapons near Erez crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip, after a military operation in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip October 29, 2007. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Israeli soldiers unload their weapons near Erez crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip, after a military operation in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip October 29, 2007. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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<p>Cpt. Mary Melfi, who is a Weapons Systems Officer with the 336th Fighter Squadron of the 4th Fighter Wing based at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, North Carolina, hugs her dog "Glory" after being reunited with him for the first time since being deployed as part
of the U.S-led war with Iraq. Melfi and seventeen other members of the 336th Fighter Squadron returned to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base May 20, 2003 after participating in the war with Iraq. REUTERS/Ellen Ozier</p>

Cpt. Mary Melfi, who is a Weapons Systems Officer with the 336th Fighter Squadron of the 4th Fighter Wing based at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, North Carolina, hugs her dog "Glory" after being reunited with him for the first time...more

Cpt. Mary Melfi, who is a Weapons Systems Officer with the 336th Fighter Squadron of the 4th Fighter Wing based at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, North Carolina, hugs her dog "Glory" after being reunited with him for the first time since being deployed as part of the U.S-led war with Iraq. Melfi and seventeen other members of the 336th Fighter Squadron returned to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base May 20, 2003 after participating in the war with Iraq. REUTERS/Ellen Ozier

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<p>A U.S. soldier stands guard outside a local clinic with a bomb sniffing dog in Tarmiya town, 30 km (20 miles) north of Baghdad May 25, 2006.   REUTERS/Namir Noor-Eldeen</p>

A U.S. soldier stands guard outside a local clinic with a bomb sniffing dog in Tarmiya town, 30 km (20 miles) north of Baghdad May 25, 2006. REUTERS/Namir Noor-Eldeen

A U.S. soldier stands guard outside a local clinic with a bomb sniffing dog in Tarmiya town, 30 km (20 miles) north of Baghdad May 25, 2006. REUTERS/Namir Noor-Eldeen

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<p>A Dog Handler relaxes with his search dog during a break in an armored patrol with the Household Cavalry in Southern Helmand province, Afghanistan November 13, 2007.   REUTERS/Steve Lewis  </p>

A Dog Handler relaxes with his search dog during a break in an armored patrol with the Household Cavalry in Southern Helmand province, Afghanistan November 13, 2007. REUTERS/Steve Lewis

A Dog Handler relaxes with his search dog during a break in an armored patrol with the Household Cavalry in Southern Helmand province, Afghanistan November 13, 2007. REUTERS/Steve Lewis

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<p>German Shepherds are trained to become demining dogs during a morning training session at the mine detection centre (MDC) in Kabul November 15, 2009.  REUTERS/Jerry Lampen </p>

German Shepherds are trained to become demining dogs during a morning training session at the mine detection centre (MDC) in Kabul November 15, 2009. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

German Shepherds are trained to become demining dogs during a morning training session at the mine detection centre (MDC) in Kabul November 15, 2009. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

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