Ready to lead, ready to follow: Most have assumed that Cairo's part of the mission would've included one of two things: to sniff out any explosives that may have been on the premises or to put that superstrong canine nose to use flushing out bin Laden. But there's a third possibility: What if the dog's job was actually to take out bin Laden? Instead of playing a backup role, in that case, he would've been the first line of defense.
Mike McConnery, owner of a private canine training firm in Canada called K-9 (that has been awarded multiple contracts to train dogs for the U.S. military), told AP this week that if there were a dog on this mission, it was possibly used "as a distraction and as a probe."
McConnery elaborated, explaining the effectiveness of an elite-trained canine attack dog. "If you see my dog coming, you can shoot my dog or you can shoot at me," he said. "If you shoot at my dog I will shoot you. If you shoot me, the dog will get you. This draws the attention of the bad guys and gives you a few seconds to make that entry."
Lance Cpl. Trevor M. Smith, a 20-year-old combat tracker dog handler with the II Marine Expeditionary Force, taunts Grek, a military working dog.
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