SAS to recruit team of attack dogs to parachute into battle

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Four Belgian malinois are training in the United States with a top secret force known as the ODA – Operational Detachment Alpha.

They are already being used by US Special Operations units, as well as by the French and Spanish.

Six malinois are also based at the White House protecting President Donald Trump.

The four SAS animals have been drawn from the British Army’s 1st Military Working Dog Regiment, part of the Army Veterinary Corps, who have been working with special forces for the past six years.

They will be trained to exit helicopters by sliding down ropes with their handlers, jumping into the sea from helicopters and dropping out of Hercules transport planes.

A source said: “Special forces have been using these dogs unofficially for a few years but now they will have their own unit. The intelligence of these dogs is beyond belief.

“They are very bright, and while people think they are aggressive they will only attack on command. All four have come from the Military Working Dog unit and are treated very well, they are perfect in snatch operations where there is pressure to get in and seize an insurgent and get out fast.

“They are increasingly being deployed in the Middle East.”

Last year, the Daily Star Sunday revealed how a malinois named Dusty attacked an Islamic State terrorist after an SAS patrol was trapped in a village and outnumbered by heavily armed insurgents.

Six SAS troops were pinned down when the handler removed the dog’s muzzle and ordered him into the building where terrorists were mounting their attack.

Within seconds the troops could hear screaming.

When they moved forward and entered the building they saw the remains of Taliban fighters.

One of them had his throat ripped out.

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