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SAS hero ‘runs through hail to save combat dog injured in Taliban gunfight in Afghanistan’

Hero AN SAS rushes through a storm of bullets to save his injured fighting dog, it has been revealed.

The incredible story of bravery emerged when the soldier was nominated for the bravery award.

An unnamed SAS hero has been nominated for a bravery award after rescuing his injured dog during a shootout in Afghanistan.  File photo

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An unnamed SAS hero has been nominated for a bravery award after rescuing his injured dog during a shootout in Afghanistan. File photoCredit: AFP
The sergeant carried the dog to safety and kept it alive during the 20-minute helicopter flight

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The sergeant carried the dog to safety and kept it alive during the 20-minute helicopter flightCredit: Getty

The sergeant carried the animal that was stuck on the open ground for more than 50 yards during a shootout in Afghanistan.

Sources say Daily Star He then kept the dog alive during a 20-minute helicopter flight to safety.

The pair were shot from inside a Taliban compound during a ‘kill or capture’ operation.

“The dog was badly injured – he was limping and bleeding profusely,” the source said.

“It moves too slowly and there is a risk of further injury.

“The handler ran across the clearing, picked it up and brought him back to the safe area.

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“Once the target was neutralized, the SAS retreated to the rendezvous point and was picked up by helicopters.

“The dog was seriously injured but it survived the flight then was operated on again at a British base and survived.

“He was subsequently taken back to the UK and received further treatment.”

It is not yet known if the dog will return to active duty.

The battle took place in Helmand about nine months ago.

The incident came after the SAS learned that 14 members of the Taliban were killing locals they believed were helping government troops.

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They were found in a compound 100 miles south of Kabul.

Up to 14 SAS and Afghan commandos surrounded the fortress.

The Ministry of Defense did not comment on special forces operations.

Last year, we exclusively told the story of Christian Craigheadwho has been awarded many medals for his brave service that he needed to strengthen his suit.

They include the Gallantry Cross Award – Britain’s second highest award of bravery – for defeating al-Shabaab jihadists in a 19-hour battle in 2019.

The former sergeant, who also won an MBE and was nominated in Dispatches, posted pictures of himself sporting a specially tailored dinner suit on London’s Savile Row.

And back in 2018, a dog saved the lives of six SAS soldiers on patrol in northern Syria when they were ambushed.

The unit was periodically patrolling with Belgian Malinois, a breed of sheepdog, when they were attacked from all sides in a “360-degree ambush”.

The animal tore the throat of a jihadist. It then attacked two others, severely wounding them before the remaining six ambushes fled.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17560919/sas-hero-dog-taliban-afghanistan-gun/ SAS hero ‘runs through hail to save combat dog injured in Taliban gunfight in Afghanistan’

Bobby Allyn

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