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Internet video recruits anti-U.S. militants

| Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003

DUBAI -- A video that has surfaced on the Internet apparently aims to recruit militants to fight U.S. troops in Iraq, showing blurred, shaky footage of an American Humvee under fire and an Iraqi praising his brother for launching a suicide attack against U.S. occupiers.

The Associated Press accessed the unsigned video Wednesday on a Web site known for Muslim extremist and anti-U.S. postings. It was unclear when the video first appeared on the Internet. Most of the footage was dated in July.

The footage appears to be the first attempt at a sophisticated video meant to attract fighters to Iraq -- similar to the media efforts of groups like the anti-Israeli Lebanese Hezbollah or al-Qaida, the terror network blamed in the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.

The Internet video seen yesterday was amateur, with blurred and shaky images, but an attempt at slick production also was evident. The images were matched to a soundtrack of religious chanting and singing glorifying the attacks and warning of more to come.

One segment featured a man describing the death of his brother in a suicide operation against American forces in early July. The man, identified only as Adel, described suicide operations as "the greatest deed a man can do." He said his brother, identified only as Youssef, died in an attack on U.S. forces in early July, but gave no other details.

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