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Dadullah's Tickets to Heaven

Top Taliban commander Mullah Dadullah was known for many things. The grizzled one-legged fighter loved attention and frequently reached out to the international press, including al Jazeera and ABC News, and also ensured that his activities - including beheadings where he personally wielded the knife - were captured on film. One such display that the "Butcher of Kandahar" organized was the distribution of "ticket to heaven" vouchers for would-be suicide bombers.

Courtesy of the LEE Media Network, an Internet group that is known for producing and distributing Taliban propaganda, a short seven minute clip of Dadullah and his "tickets to heaven" has appeared on the Web. The video features Dadullah greeting four suicide bombers and asking their name and family affiliation while a masked clerk dutifully registers their information into a ledger. He then personally handwrites a "ticket to heaven" on a small piece of paper and passes it to each smiling mujahid. The video then transitions to a farewell ceremony for the four would-be martyrs and then is followed by four minutes of their individual martyrdom statements. A voiceover in Pashtu hails each bomber as text scrolls that displays the alleged dates of their suicides.

The video appears to have been recorded in January or February 2006 and produced in October 2006. Dadullah, himself, was killed during an Afghan and NATO raid in Afghanistan on May 12, 2007, and it is not clear who signed his "ticket to heaven."

[Editor's Note: We have begun posting the propaganda from al-Qaeda and others for the primary purpose of informing and educating both the general public and policy makers about the level to which the enemy has actively engaged in Information Warfare. Some of the messages contain graphic content. We at ThreatsWatch post these videos as evidence of the brutal nature of the enemy we face and the clear intent they have to kill those not aligned with them. Making the public aware of the nature of the enemy - as well as the often forgotten virtues of our own nation - is one of the primary missions of ThreatsWatch and the Center for Threat Awareness.]