Washington: The Defense Department has dismissed media reports about hundreds of indentured service dogs being released by the US military as they exit war-ravaged Afghanistan after a 20-year-long war. The Pentagon has said it is not true that US forces did not remove all dogs working with US agencies during operations in Afghanistan.
The Pentagon, categorically denying that any service dog One who worked with the US military left behind in the country also acknowledged that a series of social media posts about the non-military evacuation of Kabul pets caused widespread confusion.
Defense Department spokesman Eric Pahon said, “To correct misreports, the US military did not release any dogs in cages at Hamid Karzai International Airport, which included alleged ‘military working dogs. “
The Pentagon’s reactions came in the backdrop of media reports claiming hundreds of US left behind indentured service dogs As the army ran to meet its 31 August deadline.
Major animal welfare groups have strongly condemned the US military for driving these indentured service dogs out of a war-ravaged nation. The non-profit organization Veteran Sheepdogs of America is now working with other groups to get these poor animals out of Afghanistan.
Robin R. Ganzert, president and CEO of the animal welfare group American Humane, said, “These brave dogs perform the same dangerous, lifesaving tasks as our military working dogs, and deserve a far better fate than what has been condemned. “
“It sickens us to sit idly by and watch these brave dogs who bravely served our country or were sentenced to death,” he said.
Earlier this month, three Indian service dogs – Maya, Ruby and Bobby – who were deployed at the Indian Embassy in Kabul, along with 99 Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel were brought back by the Indian Air Force during the evacuation process. was shipped.
NS The United States of America completes the withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan The 20-year war that ended with the return of the Taliban to power ended on Monday.
Forced into a hasty and humiliating evacuation, Washington and its NATO allies carried out a massive but chaotic airlift over the past two weeks, but still left behind thousands of Afghans who helped Western nations and qualified for evacuation. Could have been. Celebrations erupted in Kabul after the completion of an American pullout that ended America’s longest war.
A crew of less than 200 and possibly closer to 100, estimated by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, wanted to leave, but were unable to board the final flights.
President Joe Biden later defended his decision in a statement Adhering to Tuesday’s deadline for a US military withdrawal, even if it didn’t mean everyone who wanted to get out couldn’t get out.
The Taliban’s handling of Afghanistan has drawn heavy criticism from Republicans and some of their fellow Democrats since lightning struck Kabul earlier this month.
The 20-year conflict killed approximately 2,500 American soldiers and an estimated 240,000 Afghans and cost approximately US$2 trillion.