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Combat K-9 units saving lives of coalition forces in Afghanistan

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Zzarr, a 6-year old Dutch Shepherd and K-9 handler US Army Sergeant Nathan Arriaga (partly hidden by Zzarr) of the US Forces Afghanistan K-9 unit, before leaving the Forward Operating Base Walton to patrol with 1st Battalion 67th Armoured Regiment, Task Force Dealers in the Arghandab district. Zzarr who has a rank of Staff Sergeant is a military working dog trained to detect bombs and improvised explosive devices (IED) and currently deployed in southern Afghanistan saving lives of coalition forces in its war against Taliban insurgents. Both Zzarr and K-9 handler Sgt. Arriaga did their first combat duty in Iraq in 2009.

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US Army Sergeant Brian Malbrough of US Forces Afghanistan K-9 unit and Britt, a 6-year old German Shepherd inspecting a vehicle for explosives at the Afghan National Army compound in Arghandab district. Britt who has a rank of Staff Sergeant is a military working dog trained as attack dog and to detect bombs and improvised explosive devices (IED) is currently deployed in southern Afghanistan saving lives of coalition forces in its war against Taliban insurgents. Britt found a mortar round during a bomb clearance mission in July. Both Britt and K-9 handler Sgt. Malbrough did their first combat duty in Iraq in 2009.

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US Army Specialist Justin Coletti of US Forces Afghanistan K-9 combat tracker team resting with Dasty, a Belgian Malinois at an airfield of Forward Operating Base Pasab following a five-hour overnight air assault mission with Bravo Company, 2-87 Infantry Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team in Maiwand district, Kandahar province. Dasty who has a rank of a Sergeant, is a military working dog trained to patrol and locate a target individual and is currently deployed in southern Afghanistan saving lives of coalition forces in its war against Taliban insurgents.

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US Army Sergeant Nathan Arriaga (L) of the US Forces Afghanistan K-9 unit, walking with Zzarr, a 6-year old Dutch Shepherd at the Forward Operating Base Walton, on patrol mission with 1st Battalion 67th Armoured Regiment, Task Force Dealers in the Arghandab district. Zzarr who has a rank of Staff Sergeant is a military working dog trained to detect bombs and improvised explosive devices (IED) and currently deployed in southern Afghanistan saving lives of coalition forces in its war against Taliban insurgents. Both Zzarr and K-9 handler Sgt. Arriaga did their first combat duty in Iraq in 2009.

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