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Rebecca’s War Dog of the Week: Fraternité, France’s K-9 Teams

Rebeccca Frankel offers solidarity for French K-9 forces in light of this week's terrorist attacks in France.


By Rebecca Frankel
Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent

The world’s eyes and ears have been locked on Paris this week since Wednesday’s brutal attacks on Charlie Hebdo, the aftermath of which is still unfolding. This is a photo of a a French gendarme and his police dog while they train in Monnaie, France, on May 30, 2014.

A municipal policeman and his dog on Feb. 3, 2011, in Orleans, France

At many points over the years on this series have said that though they may be part of domestic forces, our homeland security and police K-9 teams are a part of our War Dog community. We’re thinking of those teams here — and in Paris this week — as I have to imagine they are almost certainly offering their support on the ground just as our K-9 teams did here in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.


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 @tomricks1
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