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  • Inside a Taliban 'Graduation'

    A videotape of what appears to be the "graduation" for some 300 newly anointed Taliban foot soldiers shows Mansoor Dadullah, the brother of the late ruthless Taliban commander, Mullah Dadullah, arriving at the ceremony in a white station wagon with a blue light on top.
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  • Inside a Taliban 'Graduation'

    Since his brother's death, Mansoor Dadullah has taken over as commander for Taliban operations.
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    According to the Pakistani journalist who was invited to attend and film the event, the "graduation" took place on June 9 somewhere in the tribal areas along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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  • Inside a Taliban 'Graduation'

    The tape shows the "graduates" seated and their faces concealed by black scarves.
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  • Inside a Taliban 'Graduation'

    According to a translation of the tape, Mansoor Dadullah commends the "graduates," the recruits, for preparing to launch suicide attacks in the U.S., Britain, Canada and Germany -- all countries that have soldiers stationed in Afghanistan.
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  • Inside a Taliban 'Graduation'

    "Praise be to God that the enthusiasm of these people is so strong that the people are going by crowds to martyrdom and to sacrifice themselves," Mansoor Dadullah said, according to the tape's translation. "It is not just for fighting but to sacrifice themselves."
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  • Inside a Taliban 'Graduation'

    As seen in the tape, the "graduates" sit in brigades, or teams, according to the region in which they plan to launch attacks. During the ceremony, a brigade leader speaks on behalf of his comrades.
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  • Inside a Taliban 'Graduation'

    The leader of the British brigade explains why "his team" stands ready to carry out suicide attacks in Great Britain. "Unfortunately, the U.S.A., Britain, the alliance, our government...are driven...by the obsession to eliminate the Muslims from the surface of the earth," he said, according to a translation of the tape. "Whether my colleagues, companions and Muslim brothers die today or tonight, every drop of blood will invigorate the Muslim (unintelligible)."
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  • Inside a Taliban 'Graduation'

    This is the American group, according to the tape, whose members are ready to launch suicide attacks in the United States.
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  • Inside a Taliban 'Graduation'

    The tape shows these recruits standing ready to target Canada.
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    This group, according to the tape, is prepared to attack Germans. Germany has been a target of the Taliban and al Qaeda since its troops joined the NATO forces in Afghanistan.
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  • Inside a Taliban 'Graduation'

    Instead of applause, the "graduates" wave white flags during the ceremony.
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    All in all, the tape shows some 300 recruits, including some very young boys, supposedly being sent off on suicide missions.
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    Throughout the videotape, two to three cameras are seen. A U.S. intelligence official says the tape is another example of an "aggressive and sophisticated propaganda effort."
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  • Inside a Taliban 'Graduation'

    After all of the speeches, the tape shows a reception line, during which many of the recruits' faces are shown, including this of a boy who appears to be as young as 10 or 12 years-old.
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  • Inside a Taliban 'Graduation'

    On the headbands worn by the "graduates" is written "Mohammad is the Prophet of God," on one side and "There is no God but Allah," on the other, according to the tape.
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  • Inside a Taliban 'Graduation'

    The tape shows Mansoor Dadullah congratulating a "graduate," a newly anointed Taliban militant.
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