The Iraqi Interior Ministry says it is negotiating the import of 1,000 police dogs from the United States.
“The ministry will sign a contract for the purchase of 1,000 police dogs to help police in their searches for explosives,” said Brigadier Salah Abdulsultan, according to a report from Azzaman.
Abdulsultan said Iraq currently has 32 police dogs which are used at six checkpoints in Baghdad. He said the idea was for each checkpoint to have its own dogs.
“The experience has shown that police dogs have great ability to discover explosives,” he said.
Abdulsultan said more dogs might be needed and for purposes other than manning the checkpoints in Baghdad.
“We want to use police dogs in other areas such as helping police uncover narcotics and human remains,” Abdulsultan said.
He declined to reveal the value of the contract and the U.S. party with which the negotiations are taking place for the supply of the dogs.