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U.S. troops in Afghanistan are relying more and more on the noses of military working dogs to sniff out deadly improvised explosive devices (IEDs). These highly trained dogs landed in the spotlight recently when it was learned that Cairo, a Belgian Malinois, was part of the team that raided Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.

A US MWD Handler gives MWD Lucky some love while taking a break during a cordon and search in Mosul, Iraq, June 8, 2008. The team is assigned to 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. photo by Pfc. Sarah De Boise

100 Images From Afghanistan - Day 82. The use of K9 teams has proved essential in the detection of booby traps, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other explosives that would otherwise be undetectable to modern technologies, greatly increasing soldier safety.

U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Willingham with Lucca near the Natural Balance Pet Foods' 2013 Rose Parade entry, "Canines with Courage," a floral replica of the Military Working Dog Teams National Monument, in Irwindale, California, on December 27, 2012. Lucca, an 8-year old German Shepherd/ Malinois mix, was deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. After losing a leg to a roadside bomb, Lucca is now retired and lives with her first handler, Sgt. Willingham.