Isn't it interesting how once you become aware of something in the world (that you were once oblivious to), you seem to see it popping-up everywhere? 

Such is the case for me with Military Working Dogs.  I knew they existed, but I never gave them much thought. I am actually sort of embarrassed to admit that. Especially since I come from a military family, and I have such a passion for animals (especially dogs).

But back to the point ... 

Following are a few stories regarding MWD's that have come to my attention within the last couple of days:


And last, but certainlly not least, is a story released yesterday about how the enemy uses dogs:

Failed Al Qaeda plot involved sewing bombs inside dogs

Last Updated: 11:29 AM, November 7, 2010
Posted: 9:33 PM, November 6, 2010


Al Qaeda operatives in Iraq tried to unleash deadly terror in the skies by deploying a pair of kamikaze canines on a US-bound plane, a French newspaper reports.


The diabolical plot failed because the bombs were so badly stitched inside the poor pooches that they died, said the respected Paris daily Le Figaro.


"This case illustrates the determination of al Qaeda militants, who are trying to circumvent terrorism controls by any means," French criminologist Christophe Naudin, an aviation security expert, told the newspaper.



RUH-ROH! Al Qaeda evildoers took advantage of Americans' sympathy for suffering dogs in Iraq to plant bombs in US-bound pooches -- and they would have gotten away with it, too, if not for some meddlingGIs.
RUH-ROH! Al Qaeda evildoers took advantage of Americans' sympathy for suffering dogs in Iraq to plant bombs in US-bound pooches -- and they would have gotten away with it, too, if not for some meddlingGIs. (Getty Images)

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The plot unfolded two years ago, when al Qaeda bomb makers grabbed the two stray dogs off the street and surgically implanted powerful explosives and detonators in each.


The dogs were then placed in kennel carriers and sent to the Baghdad airport for a flight to the US. Le Figaro didn't say what city they were headed for. 

It's not unusual for dogs to fly from Iraq to the US. Several animal-rescue groups work to give Iraqi dogs new US homes, and US soldiers have also adopted pooches there. 

It's believed al Qaeda planned for the dogs to explode in flight. But before the dogs were put aboard their plane, US soldiers working in the airport's cargo area noticed they had died -- and soon discovered the bombs stitched inside them. 

US intelligence agencies shared the story of the dogs' cruel fate with other Western spy agencies and distributed necropsy photos of the dogs and bombs to aviation security professionals, Le Figaro said.


Also, the International Civil Aviation Organization alerted security agencies around the world of the possibility of kamikaze canine attacks. 

Details are still emerging of last month's terror plot in which Yemeni al Qaeda operatives stashed bombs inside computer printer cartridges, which they hoped to blow up aboard US-bound cargo jets.


That plot unraveled when Muhammad bin Nayef, a Saudi prince involved in intelligence work, learned of the plan and the packages' tracking numbers and passed them on to the CIA. 

Just as they tried to hide bombs in dogs' bodies, al Qaeda has also tried hiding bombs inside people. 

Last year, an al Qaeda suicide bomber tried to assassinate bin Nayef with an explosive device hidden in his rectum like a suppository. Bin Nayef was slightly injured in the attack.


Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/international/man_worst_fiends_in_dog_plot_1h93g9Om3R6t0AGAR7XOtI#ixzz14lK11Bzb

date Tuesday, November 9, 2010

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