SAS Dog Handler Who Ran Through A Hail Of Bullets To Rescue Dog Shot After Dousing Taliban Sniper In Kabul Is Set For Bravery Medal
A SAS dog handler who ran into the line of fire to rescue a dog is preparing to be awarded a medal for bravery.
An unnamed sergeant brought a wounded Belgian Shepherd dog 50 yards through the territory of Afghanistan, which was under fire.
After reaching the helicopter, he then rescued the dog, stopping the blood loss from her wounds.
A source told the Sunday Mirror: “It was as heroic as possible.
There is an inextricable link between dog handlers and their dogs.’
Bravery was shown when the SAS attacked 14 Taliban fighters south of Kabul last year before coalition forces left Afghanistan.
It was reported that the militants executed local residents who helped government troops in the fortified complex.
Helicopters with SAS and Afghan commandos landed and were immediately attacked by the Taliban.
The dog was sent to destroy the sniper by following the laser dots projected by the guide.
The dog successfully pulled the Taliban sniper out of his hiding place, where the militant was shot dead.
It is reported that the animal was looking for another target when it was hit.
The source added: “He was badly injured and bleeding profusely.
“The guide ran up, picked up the dog, and carried it to a safe place.
“As soon as the target was neutralized, the SAILORS retreated and were picked up by helicopters.
“The dog was in poor condition, bleeding from gunshot or explosive wounds. But he survived and was sent back to the UK.’
The Ministry of Defense said it does not comment on SOS.