October 2, 2007
In addition to sniffing out explosives, Zasko can take down insurgents on command.
Zasko, a Belgian Malinois, is trained to detect the scents of 11 weapons, from common ammunition to sophisticated explosive materials.
Zasko is on patrol in western Baghdad.
Zasko is awarded after identifying homemade explosive materials.
Tug-of-war is one of Zasko's favorite activities.
Military working dogs were used in other conflicts as well. During World War II, canines accompanied Soldiers on patrols, here in Luzon, Philippines.