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Thursday, September 14, 2006


Dubai, 14 Sept. (AKI) - A new programme airing on al-Arabiya, the Dubai-based pan-Arabic network, will on Friday show rare footage of a mock wedding ceremony carried out for a suicide bomber on the eve of his terrorist mission. Known as The Martyr's Wedding - the young man is being symbolically wed to the 'virgin' that under Islamic teaching awaits him in heaven - it is also believed to be a form of moral encouragement by terrorist groups to encourage followers to conduct suicide operations.

The programme is the second in a new series on terrorism which examines some of the social, religious, political and economic factors that play into the terrorist phenomenon and boasts rare or previously unknown video footage.

The first episode, aired last Friday, discussed the backgrounds of the the three most wanted leaders of Al-Qaeda - Osama Bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi - revealing details that have never been shown through video footage and interviews with their relatives and friends.

The upcoming second episode, entitled "From Recruitment To Death", looks at how young people are being convinced to join extremist groups, and how they are being trained on weapons and in carrying out suicidal attacks.

There is also footage showing how and where members of those groups receive intensive training in explosives and in combat with various kinds of weapons.

The surprise of the show, according to al-Arabiya, will be a special interview with one of the former leaders of an extremist group - a friend of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi. The two co-founded an Islamic terrorist group in Jordan in the nineties, and spent four years together in jail. This former terrorist leader will be speaking of his experience as a prominent leader of a terrorist group until he reflected, repented and decided to reject violence and the murder of innocent people.
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