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Donkey-Borne IEDs–Only in Afghanistan

John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

Donkeys are extremely valuable in the remote areas of Afghanistan and are even common on the streets of Kabul.  Being so common, it only makes sense that terrorists would think they can launch attacks with these animals against unsuspecting targets.

For some ANSF projects, donkeys and horses are the primary source of transport for construction materials

Here is a war story you won’t likely find on Oliver North’s show:  The Tale of the Donkey-Borne IED.  Like any war story, documentation is often sketchy and the teller’s enthusiasm often over-the-top.  However, knowing what Afghans do to man’s highly-trained best friend, it isn’t to surprising that this beast of burden would be asked to give the ultimate sacrifice.

DBIED owners don't stand this close to "live" animals

Proverbs 12:10,A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.”

Mystery Meat

Proverbs 12:10, “A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.”

One of the Germans contributions to the build-up of the Afghan Natioinal Security Forces (ANSF) is to train bomb-sniffing dogs, an invaluable asset as you can imagine.  The dogs are being trained in a northern area of Afghanistan known as Mazar-e-Sharif.  One dog was ready for deployment and was shipped to Kandahar.  The Germans thought it too dangerous in Kandahar to send a dog-handler, so they shipped the $12,000+ dog alone.

The dog arrived the same day without a scratch and ready for work.  In spite of the ample workload, the Afghans did not know how to employ the dog.  After a little deliberation, they decided grilling would be best way.  At over $100/pound, I hope the fries and drinks were free.