Inside a military base on the outskirts of Baghdad, fresh volunteers for one of Saddam Hussein's fanatic commando units charged across the training field. As instructors, clad in ninja black, fired automatic rifles into the sand, the recruits psyched themselves into a frenzy. Suddenly a dog was dragged among them. Its bark turned into an anguished squeal as they slit its throat and disemboweled the beast. Amid the gory scene, the excited volunteers screamed, "Our God, our nation, our leader!" After they finished off the dog, they pulled live rabbits apart, limb from limb. The recruits ripped the raw rabbit flesh...

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