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Videotape supposedly shows suicide bomber 'graduation'

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• Tape allegedly shows suicide bomber "graduation ceremony"
• U.S. official: Tape is propaganda from terrorist network, former Afghanistan rulers
• Video said to have been shot by a Pakistani journalist invited to ceremony
• Official says training camps present a "real potential source of operatives"
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A videotape supposedly showing a suicide bomber "graduation ceremony" at an al Qaeda-Taliban training camp is part of a propaganda campaign from the terrorist network and the former rulers of Afghanistan, a U.S. counterterrorism official said Monday.

The video was said to have been shot June 9 by a Pakistani journalist who was invited to take pictures as the suicide bombers were supposedly sent off on their missions in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Germany.

The video was obtained and first aired by ABC News. CNN could not immediately verify the tape's authenticity.

One of the suicide bomber team leaders spoke in English on the tape. The video also included images of Taliban military commander Mansoor Dadullah. His brother, Mullah Dadullah, was a Taliban military commander who was killed last month by U.S. forces.

The U.S. counterterrorism official who spoke with CNN said the tape is "consistent with the more sophisticated propaganda" that these groups have been using, but said it is a "bit of a stretch" to conclude from the tape that people have been sent to carry out attacks.

There is "genuine concern," the official said, whenever threats are made against the West from that part of the world, however, and the training camps present a "real potential source of operatives."

The official said that there have been more such tapes recently, including tapes using multiple languages. The official said the use of multiple languages in the tapes suggests that they are for propaganda purposes.


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A video allegedly shows suicide bombers at a "graduation ceremony" at an al Qaeda-Taliban training camp.

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