NATO military dog captured in Afghanistan, Taliban claims

The Taliban say they have captured a military dog belonging to NATO forces in Afghanistan, releasing a video of the canine wearing a high-tech harness.

Dog, captured in battle about 1 month ago, is in good health, not being mistreated, Taliban says

Croatian military dogs, like the one pictured, have served in NATO-led peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan for years. The Taliban claims to have captured a NATO military dog, not the one pictured, about a month ago. (Nikola Solic/Reuters)

The Taliban say they have captured a military dog belonging to NATO forces in Afghanistan, releasing a video of the canine wearing a high-tech harness.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said Friday that the dog was captured during a battle about a month ago in Laghman province, east of the capital, Kabul.

The insurgents sent by email a video showing a brown dog held on a leash by a Taliban fighter. It wore a harness mounted with a video camera and a voiceover said the dog was being called Colonel.

Mujahid said by telephone that the dog is in good health and is not being mistreated.

The NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan confirmed Friday that one of its military dogs went missing during a mission in December. It gave no other details.