Attention has recently been brought to the use of canines in military operations after a dog, Conan, was injured in the blast that killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In recent years, Canadian special forces have been developing their canine units without releasing much information. During Canada’s war effort against Afghanistan canines became a vital resource used, however these dogs were owned and controlled by contractors employed by the military. Little information has been released on the recent growth in canine units, but Captain Jamie Donovan confirmed that the units are separated into two separate groups. The first unit are trained to sniff out hazards such as bombs while the second unit is used to carry out patrols and detain enemy combatants.