Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post

Snake blood, flaming bricks: Mattis gets bizarre send off


    Agence France-Presse

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 24, 2018   /   03:44 pm
Snake blood, flaming bricks: Mattis gets bizarre send off This handout picture from the Indonesian Military (TNI) in Jakarta on Jan. 24, 2018 shows Indonesian Military Chief Hadi Tjahjanto (right) posing with US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis (left) during his visit to the military headquarters. (Agence France -Presse/Handout)

A soldier tore apart a snake with his teeth and his comrades headbutted flaming stacks of bricks as Indonesia's special forces treated visiting US defence secretary Jim Mattis to an unusual display on Tuesday. 

Mattis -- whose own nickname is "Mad Dog" -- seemed impressed by the show, which also saw police dogs leaping from helicopters to attack "terrorists".

To the sound of beating drums and with their faces daubed with camouflage, the elite soldiers launched a wild martial arts display as they demolished wood and brick obstacles with kicks, punches and headbutts.

The dumbfounded US delegation looked on as the men then killed live snakes, including cobras, and served their blood to each other in a sign of brotherhood. One fighter even tore apart a snake with his teeth.

Nearby, a commando rolled around on broken glass while another shot apparently live bullets at a balloon held by his blindfolded comrade -- with one round missing the target, although no one was injured.

An aerial display accompanied to the "Mission Impossible" theme tune saw soldiers launch themselves from helicopters together with dogs to stage a mock manhunt for a pair of "terrorists". 

Back on land, a dog then jumped through an open car window to grab one of the pretend radicals.

"As you see, the dogs beat the terrorist," a satisfied military official said following the show at Indonesia's army headquarters to round of the US defence secretary's visit. 

Mattis, whose next stop on his Asian tour was Vietnam, said: "Even the dogs coming out of those helicopters knew what to do when confronting the terrorist."