The History Of War Dogs

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There's more than one good reason why the Navy SEALs brought a dog with them on the Osama raid (though companionship is important):

"When you're going on a mission," Dowling says, "a raid or a patrol, insurgents are sneaky — they like to hide stuff from you. But a dog can smell them. .... [Think about] Saddam Hussein ... what if Osama had been [hiding] in a hole in the ground? A dog could find that."

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I thought this was actually going to be an article about the history of war dogs. Since it's not, I'm going to post a picture of the Neopolitan Mastiff, which is descended from the Ancient Roman Molossian hound. They would release these dogs (after being made into aggressive animals by their handlers) onto the battlefield.