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U.S. official: Military dog seized by Taliban belongs to British

By Michael Martinez, CNN
updated 9:34 AM EST, Fri February 7, 2014

(CNN) -- A military dog seized by the Taliban in Afghanistan doesn't belong to U.S. forces, contrary to the Taliban's claim, but rather belongs to the British, a U.S. military official said Thursday.

The official declined to go on record because it is the policy of the NATO alliance that each country makes its own announcement about its situation.

The Taliban distributed a video of the dog in an elaborate harness and contended in links to its Twitter account that the "mujahideen seized US dog" during an "attempted nighttime raid" by U.S. forces on December 23 in the eastern province of Laghman.

International Security Assistance Force officials weren't immediately available for comment.

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