Cairo, Seal Team Six Dog, Meets President Obama

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Belgian Malinois Military Working Dog (MWD) gives chase with bullet proof vest attached to a camera package on back. (PHOTO: Rebecca Frankel)

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“I want to meet that dog.”

This was President Obama’s response upon hearing, in a private ceremony honoring Seal Team Six who killed Osama Bin Laden, that a Belgian Malinois named Cairo was on the raid, according to an article  in the New Yorker magazine. The president  was told that Cairo was in an adjoining room, muzzled, at the request of the Secret Service.

“If you want to meet the dog, Mr. President, I advise you to bring treats,” the Navy Seal squadron commander joked as Obama went over to pet Cairo.

And so ends the mystery about what breed of dog had gone on the raid to take down the world’s most notorious terrorist.

The New Yorker article details the raid, including Cairo’s role. Inside the two helicopters on the raid were twenty-three Navy SEALs from Team Six, which is officially known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, or DEVGRU. A Pakistani-American translator, and Cairo—a Belgian Malinois–a highly intelligent and fearless breed increasingly used by the military.

The two Black Hawks, each of which had two pilots and a crewman from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, or the Night Stalkers, had been modified to mask heat, noise, and movement; the copters’ exteriors had sharp, flat angles and were covered with radar-dampening “skin.”

Twelve SEALs, including Mark, boarded helo one. Eleven SEALs, Ahmed, and Cairo boarded helo two.

Cairo’s role was to help clear the buildings, sniff for bombs and booby-traps, search for false walls or hidden doors where Bin Laden could be hiding, or help keep curious neighbors at bay.
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Cairo is a Belgian Malinois, like this handsome fellow pictured here.

As it turned out, after one of the helicopters crashed outside the compound’s walls.  Cairo, a translator named Ahmed, and four SEALs were responsible for closing off the perimeter of the house while six other SEALs—the contingent that was supposed to have dropped onto the roof—moved inside. For the team patrolling the perimeter, the first fifteen minutes passed without incident. Neighbors undoubtedly heard the low-flying helicopters, the sound of one crashing, and the sporadic explosions and gunfire that ensued, but nobody came outside.

Eventually, a few curious Pakistanis approached to inquire about the commotion on the other side of the wall. “Go back to your houses,” Ahmed said in Pashto, as Cairo and his Seal Team stood watch. “There is a security operation under way.” The locals went home, none of them suspecting that they had talked to an American.

When the squadron commander, spoke at the ceremony honoring Cairo and the Seal Team Six team, he started by citing all the forward operating bases in eastern Afghanistan that had been named for SEALs killed in combat.

“Everything we have done for the last ten years prepared us for this,” he told Obama. The President was “in awe of these guys,” Ben Rhodes, the deputy national-security adviser, who travelled with Obama, said. “It was an extraordinary base visit,” he added. “They knew he had staked his Presidency on this. He knew they staked their lives on it.”

And Cairo, the brave Belgian Malinois, trained to slide down a rope or jump 5,000 feet to help protect our troops and country, was there.

More New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/08/08/110808fa_fact_schmidle#ixzz1UMp907aC

Read More About Cairo’s Training Here.

 

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  1. I'm Katie Rich and I'm a member of the Mainstage cast at the World Famous Second City Theater in Chicago.

    We at the Second City made "Zero Bark Thirty," a "companion piece to the movie, "Zero Dark Thirty."

    It satirizes and celebrates the struggles of all soldiers through the story of Cairo, the Belgian Malinois who was part of the Seal Team 6 Operation that led to the end of Osama bin Laden.

  2. First of all the Americans are still war-mongering. To “take down” OBL is really nothing to brag about, not considering how it was done. There was no trial, his body hastily disposed of, too much smoke and mirrors. Back in the 80’s he and the CIA were pretty chummy. But “dead men tell no tales.”  As for the dog, exploitation to futher their neo-colonial values. I give this a thumbs down.

    • WELL I GIVE THE DOG A TWENTY FIVE HIGH AS HE DID JUST WHAT HE WAS TRAINED TO DO, TOSCA YOU CAN GIVE ALL THE THUMBS DOWN YOU WANT BUT THE DOG DID JUST WHAT IT WAS SUPPOSE TO DO AND NOBODY CAN CHANGE THAT AND IT PROTECTED THOSE AMERICANS THAT HAD TO CARRY OUT THOSE ORDERS, FOR THAT I SAY A BIG THANK YOU      YES THEY CAME BACK HOME SAFE, AND THAT MY FRIEND IS WHAT THE DOG WAS TRAINED TO DO.

  3. First of all the Americans are still war-mongering. To “take down” OBL is really nothing to brag about, not considering how it was done. There was no trial, his body hastily disposed of, too much smoke and mirrors. Back in the 80’s he and the CIA were pretty chummy. But “dead men tell no tales.”  As for the dog, exploitation to futher their neo-colonial values. I give this a thumbs down.