As the story keeps changing as new details emerge, it seems that the now 79-man U.S. Navy SEAL team also took at least one war dog on the Osama bin Laden raid. The four-legged warrior was probably used to sniff out and locate any potential explosive materials or bobby traps as some experts have suggested. This, of course, leads me to a thought I had back on Sunday night when first hearing of the raid. I suspected that the U.S. raid was so successful because there were probably no guard dogs protecting bin Laden. Muslims consider dogs as unclean and generally do not keep them around.

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So perhaps Fido played a big role in the take down of Osama bin Laden. War dogs have been used by the U.S. military for many years. Since World War II, some dogs have even held an actual rank in the military. Currently, some 3,000 dogs serve with the various branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Last year, the Navy purchased four tactical vests for dogs attached to SEAL units. These vests include night vision and other equipment, allowing the dogs to operate up to 1,000 yards away from the handlers.

In other news, Mikeb302000 writes about how Arizona has awful gun laws. At NetReightDaily they question if the recession is truly over as unemployment hits 9.0% again. Over at PowerlineBlog they ask Barack Obama how he can take credit for the death of Osama bin Laden while Eric Holder tries to prosecute CIA agents who obtained crucial intelligence using enhanced interrogation methods? Meanwhile, at TrevorLoudon more on how Hezbollah is operating in Mexico.

More questions about the bib Laden take down at The Volokh Conspiracy. Over in England, Jihad Watch tells of a potential al Qaeda plot there. We also have Althouse raising questions about how we got the intel to kill bin Laden. If you′re planning a trip soon, Boarding Area looks at how Delta is looking to upgrade their jet liners.

The new news that SEAL Team Six took along one war dog when they killed Osama bin Laden during the raid at Abbottabad, Pakistan says a lot about our confidence in our four-legged friends. War dogs have served the U.S. military well since WW2, earning many decorations for valor in saving the lives of GIs. With their heightened senses of smell and hearing, dogs have become an integral part of the War on Terror.