Cats of War: The Pentagon's top-secret feline special-operations program, revealed.

Dubious and far-fetched ideas.
May 5 2011 6:26 PM

Cats of War

The Pentagon's top-secret feline special-operations program, revealed.

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The American commando team that killed Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, reportedly included a dog, sparking furious speculation about the dog's identity and discussion of the role of canines in war. Less publicized—and far more essential to top-secret U.S. military operations—are cats.

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