Dog shepherds British troops to safety

Dog shepherds British troops to safety

Dogged determination from a German shepherd has saved the lives of British troops fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq.

According to UK paper the Daily Star Sunday, a convoy of SAS fighters returning from a training programme in Peshmerga were hit by a homemade bomb and ambushed by a group of around 50 jihadis.

The British troops were soon split, under machine gun fire. One group tried to escape but were attacked from behind.

That's when a US soldier with the British troops unleashed the dog of war. It attacked one jihadi, biting him on the neck and face, and got another on the legs and arms.

"The Alsatian was with the team in a training role, but when the troops came under fire it was desperate to get involved," a military source told the paper.

"It could sense the tension and had an overpowering urge to protect its handler and the other troops."

The jihadis fled screaming, the battle turned and the SAS troops managed to escape with the help of two swooping US jets.

"A snarling Alsatian running at you is very frightening and probably not something the jihadis had encountered," the source said.

"The dog did its job and returned to its handler with its tail wagging."