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Handler tracks down sniffer dog after 8 years in Afghanistan

Close up of Tyler the dog
Tyler is an 8-year-old English Springer Spaniel Credit: Malpeet K9 Academy

A dog, which spent eight years detecting explosives in the Middle East, is retiring to his home in Bridgend, after being rescued by his original handler.

There were fears for Tyler's future, after his employer pulled out of Afghanistan. So Simon Mallin went to find him.

The pair first met in 2005 in Iraq when Simon was a handler, and they bonded whilst working under extreme conditions.

In late 2008, Simon returned to the UK and formed his own training academy, 'Malpeet K9 Academy.' But five years later in 2013, Simon became concerned about Tyler after hearing his employer was pulling out of Afghanistan.

Tyler at airport
Tyler has been working in both Iraq and Afghanistan from 2006-2014 Credit: Malpeet K9 Academy

With the help of an animal rescue charity in Kabul and some public donations, Simon managed to locate Tyler and bring him home.

He's planning to enjoy his retirement life with Simon in Cardiff, and will serve as Malpeet K9 Academy's mascot.


Welsh Cavalry to work on training Afghan army

Soldiers from the Welsh Cavalry are set to work alongside troops from the United States and the Afghan National Army on their final tour. It comes as British troops look to a full withdrawal from Aghanistan by the end of the year.

“The QDG will be involved in three roles on Operation HERRICK 20. A Squadron is working with the United States Marine Corps at the Regional Corps Battle School, supporting training within the Afghan National Army.

“B Squadron has combined with Regimental Headquarters to form the Brigade Advisory Team or BAT. This team will meet and liaise with the headquarters of 3/215 Brigade of the Afghan National Army on a daily basis.

"When the ANA deploys to conduct operations the BAT will accompany them to assist with enabling support.

“Finally C Squadron have deployed as the Brigade Reconnaissance Force, working within the Manoeuvre Battlegoup. Their role will be to protect Camp Bastion by deploying to counter threats before they have a chance to reach the camp itself.”

– Commanding Officer Lt Col Will Davies

Welsh Cavalry working to hand over Afghan control

The Welsh Cavalry have embarked on their final tour of Afghanistan. The tour will see them working towards the handover of control to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and the protection of the remaining ISAF.

Soldiers of the Welsh Cavalry take over responsibilities in Afghanistan Credit: MoD
A soldier salutes a British flag in Helmand province, Afghanistan Credit: MoD

Welsh Cavalry begin their final tour of Afghanistan

A member of the QDG prepares a Welsh flag in Helmand Province Credit: MoD

The 1st Queen's Dragoon Guards (QDG) have started their final tour of Afghanistan. British troops are preparing to leave Afghanistan by the end of the year.

The QDG - known as The Welsh Cavalry - have taken over responsibilities from the 3rd Battalion the Mercian Regiment (Staffords), the 9/12 Royal Lancers and the 4th Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland in Helmand Province.


Soldiers take part in live firing exercise in Pembrokeshire

Soldiers from the Queens Dragoon Guards are taking part in a live firing exercise on the Castlemartin ranges in Pembrokeshire this week.

It's part of the regiment's preparation for a six month tour in Afghanistan. The Welsh Cavalry troops will be some of the last to serve out there as the operational campaign draws to a close at the end of this year.

Alexandra Lodge reports.

Former Swansea Royal Marine gets Conspicuous Gallantry Cross

Owen Davies meets the Queen

A former Royal Marine from Swansea has received the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross in London.

25-year-old medical student Owen Davies is being recognised for his actions in Helmand Province, in which he rescued a colleague during a fire fight with the Taliban.

Click here to read more on the ITV Central site

Owen now studies at Keele University

Soldier's family: Inquest has answered many questions

by Keith Wilkinson

The family of a Welsh guardsman killed in Afghanistan say that losing him has left a huge hole in their lives.

They say an inquest into the death of Lance Corporal Lee Davies has answered many of their questions and given them some closure.

A coroner in Oxford ruled that Lee and an RAF policeman from Shropshire were unlawfully killed while on active service.

Coroner: Welsh soldier unlawfully killed in Afghanistan

A coroner has ruled that a Welsh soldier was unlawfully killed whilst on active service in Afghanistan last year.

Lance Corporal Davies served with the 1st Batallion Welsh Guards. Credit: Ministry of Defence

An inquest into the death of Lance Corporal Lee Davies, as well as Corporal Brent McCarthy from Shropshire, has been held in Oxford.

The inquest was told the British soldiers were killed by two Afghan policemen, in a so-called green-on-blue shooting, moments after they had all been chatting and posing for photographs with the men.

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