Two US Service Dogs Left at Kabul Airport After Troop Withdrawal, Taliban Source Says
12:03 GMT 01.09.2021 (Updated: 13:23 GMT 06.08.2022)
© Dario CorteseU.S. Army Sgt. Patrick Harrington, Soldier assigned to the USAG Italy 18th Military Police Detachment, conducts basic obedience drills with his military working dog “Aran”, under Covid-19 prevention condition at Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy, on May 14, 2020
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KABUL (Sputnik) - Two service dogs were left at the Kabul airport after the United States completed troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, a source in the Taliban* told Sputnik on 1 September.
The trained K-9 military dogs were first handed over to the Afghan security forces when the US launched their hasty withdrawal campaign, but following the Taliban takeover, the animals were transferred to the Kabul airport. Some dogs were evacuated by the US by plane before the havoc at the airport began.
"We saw trained dogs placed aboard of a plane and evacuated from Afghanistan," the source said.
However, two US dogs were left at the airport. The American troops may have left the animals that seemed "useless" to them, the Taliban source added.
The US Department of Defense said on 31 August that they had evacuated all service dogs and their handlers from Afghanistan.
Late on Monday, the Pentagon announced the completion of troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, two weeks after Kabul was seized by Taliban on 15 August and the civilian government fled the country.