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Eulex's very special unit… the K9

(B2) Yes, here is the first cinema unit in defense Europe, three dogs taken by their Latvian masters. They have just set foot on Kosovar soil and will come to support the work
investigation by Eulex members and local police….`

Valdis Bikovski, Oksana Aleksejeva and Sandra Samusa © Eulex Enisa

Roxxy, a three-year-old Belgian Malinois, already has a little experience as a patrol dog in Latvia, with the border police. His two “colleagues”, Aira Arfa and Dali, have both been trained in drug detection, while Roxxy is a patrol dog also trained to search for drugs. Eulex dogs are also trained for arrest, protection, search in buildings or woods, etc. Other dogs should join the mission, specializing in the detection of explosives.

This is the first time that a canine team has been deployed on the ground of a European Union operation. Soldiers in Chad had also set up horses, to patrol different places during the rainy season.


NB: Why K9? Pronounce K and 9 in English and you will understand…

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).