A British special forces dog is being hailed as a hero after the animal defended SAS British forces under attack in northern Syria by ripping out the throat of a jihadi gunman who cornered the soldiers.
According to the Daily Mail, the unnamed Belgian Malinois was on patrol with six British SAS soldiers — the UK's air special forces — as they left the protection of an armored convoy to search a village on foot. That's when a greater number of jihadis ambushed them in what is being described as a "360-degree ambush" and pinned the soldiers down.
The British soldiers were able to return fire, but were outflanked by the terrorists. Realizing the situation they were in, the dog's handler de-muzzled his pup and released him into a building where a jihadi gunman was firing.
According to a source who spoke to the Daily Star, the soldiers heard a confrontation inside the house and then the firing stopped. Once they entered the building, they saw the jihadi with his throat torn out and the dog standing over his lifeless body.
"His throat had been torn out and he had bled to death. There was also a lump of human flesh in one corner and a series of blood trails leading out of the back of the building," the source said.
“The dog was virtually uninjured. The SAS were able to consolidate their defensive position and eventually break away from the battle without taking any casualties," the source explained.
The dog reportedly maimed two other jihadis before the remaining six insurgents fled the area.
What did commander say?
The Daily Star reported that a SAS commander credited the dog with saving the lives of the six special forces soldiers and said the animal was directly responsible for the soldiers' escape.
Local village leaders reportedly punished the jihadis responsible for the attack and have repaired their rapport with the British soldiers. The special forces soldiers have even trained a small militia, so the village can ward off other Islamic extremists.