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February 12, 2008

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U.S.: Al Qaeda video shows armed boys in training (CNN)

(images: Reuters, AP/ Multi-National Force – Iraq/Handout.  Also Sabah Arar/Pool – Reuters. Via YahooNews. sample caption: A screen grab from an al Qaeda video released February 6, 2008 shows boys brandishing weapons. U.S. forces seized Al Qaeda videos which showed Iraqi children younger than 11 carrying out mock kidnappings and attacks, the U.S. military and Iraqi officials said on Wednesday. Videos played to media showed about 20 boys, mostly under 11, wearing balaclavas and brandishing AK-47 assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers almost as big as themselves. final caption: U.S. Rear Admiral Gregory Smith, director of the Multi-National Force – Iraq’s Communication Division, speaks during a joint news conference with the spokesman of Iraq’s Ministry of Defence Mohammed al-Askari in Baghdad February 6, 2008)

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