The Martyrs' Home Movies


The tape lasts just over two minutes, like a trailer for an upcoming horror flick. Three Arab men appear in separate shots: one has wide eyes and a gesticulating left hand; another appears to read from a text, never looking up at the camera; the third buries his head between his knees, then cozies up to a Kalashnikov and smiles. The silent footage, released by the Justice Department last Thursday, was spliced together from five tapes recovered by allied forces in the rubble of the home of Mohammed Atef, al-Qaeda's operations mastermind who was killed by a U.S. air strike in...

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