Did al-Qaeda Do This?

The footage is sickening to watch. A young dog rests against a wall, a flowing green scarf tied around its neck. The camera catches the leg of a man in the room, wearing Afghan-style pants and slippers. Two men are speaking softly in Arabic. "Let's do this fast," says one. As they leave, a thin cloud of white smoke crawls into the picture. The dog stands on all fours, but its legs buckle. As the vapor rises, the dog topples onto its side, shrieking and writhing. For the next minute, the video shows the dog in the throes of death; the...

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