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New Video Purports to Show Qaeda Training in Afghanistan

Al Jazeera, the Arabic-language television network based in Qatar, broadcast Wednesday what it said was a new videotape showing Al Qaeda members receiving military training at a camp in Afghanistan. A leading terrorism expert said the scenes appeared to be authentic, but it was more likely that training was occurring inside Pakistan’s remote tribal areas. The video, if genuine, would be the first evidence that Al Qaeda had regrouped sufficiently to carry out training operations inside Afghanistan or Pakistan since the United States toppled the Taliban in 2001. It was broadcast a day after President Bush, welcoming the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, in Washington, declared that the United States had won a major victory in the war against terrorism by denying Al Qaeda a safe refuge in Afghanistan. Peter Bergen, a terrorism analyst who teaches at Johns Hopkins University, said the video was the first he had seen emerge from Afghanistan or Pakistan since the fall of the Taliban. He said it suggested renewed confidence by the group. Full Story

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