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Offbeat abandoned to their fate, Kabul airport dogs are preparing to resume

12:50  13 september  2021
12:50  13 september  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Des chiens, abandonnés lors des évacuations chaotiques après le retour des talibans, sont entraînés à l'aéroport de Kaboul, le 12 septembre 2021 © Karim Sahib Dogs, abandoned during chaotic evacuations after the return of the Taliban, are trained at Kabul Airport on September 12, 2021 Most quadrupeds, some of which are specialized in the search for explosives, have Found, according to their new masters, in the American army controlled airport section that left Afghanistan on August 30 after 20 years of presence in the country.

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"When I saw (American soldiers leave), I came to save the dogs," says AFP Hewad Azizi, an employee of a company responsible for securing the airport.

When he arrives on the spot, he finds 30, half of whom in the area controlled by the American forces. The others are in areas managed by the old Afghan security forces.

All are now fed, neat and trained by Hewad Azizi and his colleagues at the premises of the training center of their company - two maritime containers who face the vast hangars used for many years by the US military.

The fate of these dogs had been put forward at the end of August by the defense organization of the Peta animal cause that had accused the American administration of having abandoned several tens behind it.

Peta had launched a solemn call to President Joe Biden in order to repatriate animals, evoking the fate of about sixty explosive sniffer dogs "sitting in cages on the airport tarmac" and another sixty specialty dogs "Locked in a kennel in a shed from the airport, suffering in the heat, without access satisfying to water or food".

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Un chien, abandonné pendant les évacuations chaotiques après le retour des talibans, se repose dans sa cage, dans un centre d'entraînement canin improvisé à l'aéroport de Kaboul, le 12 septembre 2021 © Karim Sahib A dog, abandoned during the chaotic evacuations after the return of the Taliban, rests in his cage, in an improvised canine training center at Kabul airport, September 12, 2021 - Daily training -

These charges had been immediately rejected by the Pentagon, who had assured that the photographs disseminated on social networks showed dogs placed in an Afghan animal refuge and not animals placed under the responsibility of the US military.

"Unlike inaccurate information, the US military did not leave dogs in cages at Hamid Karzai International Airport, including no so-called military dogs," said John Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman .

Des chiens, abandonnés dans le chaos des évacuations d'Afghanistan, sont entraînés dans un centre de dressage improvisé à l'aéroport de Kaboul, le 12 septembre 2021 © Karim Sahib Dogs, abandoned in the chaos of evacuations of Afghanistan, are trained in an improvised training center at Kabul Airport, September 12, 2021 or not, the priority for Hewad Azizi and colleagues is now preparing the canine team with the next reopening of the airport.

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"We did training with them to see" what they knew how to do exactly, explains Mr. Azizi adding to realize that they were "explosive snifflers".

His favorite? Rex, a dark brown malinois, that he takes every day walk, a few meters from three old aircraft of the Afghan Air Force.

On this small expanse of earth littered with sockets and sachets of empty American food rations, it hides a box with the smell of explosives. A handful of seconds later, Rex returns with the box and receives, as a reward, a bullet with which to play.

After two weeks of forced holidays, the canine team could soon resume service.

For several days, the activity has slowly resumes its course on the airport tarmac. After two charter flights last week, a commercial flight from Islamabad asked Monday. A first since the country's control by the Taliban on August 15th.

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