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Rebecca’s War Dog of the Week: A Day in the Life of Basco

By Rebecca Frankel Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent Meet Basco, patrol explosive detector dog with the 627 Security Forces Squadron currently on assignment in Afghanistan. Basco and his handler, Sgt. Matthew Templet, have recently been on patrol with ANA soldiers in and around an abandoned village in the Zari district of Kandahar province. The following ...

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By Rebecca Frankel
Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent

Meet Basco, patrol explosive detector dog with the 627 Security Forces Squadron currently on assignment in Afghanistan. Basco and his handler, Sgt. Matthew Templet, have recently been on patrol with ANA soldiers in and around an abandoned village in the Zari district of Kandahar province. The following images are of Basco and his team as they attempted to root out lingering explosives in these now-empty villages turned into battlefields by the Taliban some three years ago.

Here Basco balks as Sergeant Templet tries to coax him down a tunnel near an abandoned house in Loya Derah village to search for explosives.

By Rebecca Frankel
Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent

Meet Basco, patrol explosive detector dog with the 627 Security Forces Squadron currently on assignment in Afghanistan. Basco and his handler, Sgt. Matthew Templet, have recently been on patrol with ANA soldiers in and around an abandoned village in the Zari district of Kandahar province. The following images are of Basco and his team as they attempted to root out lingering explosives in these now-empty villages turned into battlefields by the Taliban some three years ago.

Here Basco balks as Sergeant Templet tries to coax him down a tunnel near an abandoned house in Loya Derah village to search for explosives.

Basco and his unit patrol the Zari district of Kandahar province on Dec. 27, 2010.

U.S. soldiers and an Afghan National Army soldier from Basco’s crew inspect old used unidentified devices discovered in an abandoned house during a walking patrol in Payin Deh village on Dec. 29, 2010.

Sergeant Templet and Basco search for bombs in Haji Ghaffar village on Dec. 27, 2010.

Photos by BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images, caption info via Getty Images

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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