Dozens of Kurds are returning from Europe to fight in the Iraqi Kurdistan Daash

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Twilight News / Press reports indicated that dozens of young Kurds expatriates in European countries  Have returned to the province of Kurdistan and joined forces to fight the organization Alپeshmrگh “Daash” terrorist, stressing that they are responding to the appeal of the region’s president, Massoud Barzani.

altAccording to a report for “Elaph”, on Thursday, I followed “Twilight News” that dozens of Kurds have left their countries that hold European nationalities and returned to Kurdistan to participate in the fighting ranks Alپeshmrگh “Daash”, without fear of prosecution when they return.

This comes in return for revelations European coordinator for counter-terrorism, that about three thousand European enrolled b “Daash” which launched a major offensive on Iraq, on the ninth of last June.

The report added that most of the returnees from Europe are veterans Alپeshmrگh, answered a call to the region’s president, Massoud Barzani, who asked them to join the fighting fronts, while others are engaged in battles for the first time.

The report quoted   Sarhad Anwar Beck, a clan leader, saying proudly, “came our children from Europe to participate in this war, but wore military clothing and made ​​martyrs”, without specifying the number who have fallen in battle who hold European nationalities, adding it was “a great honor to their families in Europe.” .

He explained that led force consisting of an element of Alپeshmrگh 1500, of whom twenty fighters came from Europe.

It also underscores one of returnees and called Karwan, who is now a colonel in the ranks Alپeshmrگh, there are a lot of Kurds in Dusseldorf, all of whom are willing to come and participate in the fighting.

He pointed out that his cousins ​​came from European countries, like the Netherlands, Germany and Italy, with the exception of France, pointing out that they love France friendly Kurdistan, which provided weapons to the region and is involved in air strikes against “Daash.”

The French police have questioned in recent days, young Kurd family at the age of 18 years after his disappearance, especially since he had expressed his desire to go and fight against the jihadists.

The report pointed out that those who are in Iraq are giving their surnames and reveal their faces and show their passports without any fear of the problems that may encountered when they return to Europe, Their presence here is no secret, pointing out that   Karwan in constant contact with German diplomats in charge of relations between the Alپeshmrگh and the German army, which sent weapons and military trainers to Kurdistan.

The report said Nawzad a brother Karwan Contact Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, two days after his arrival in the province of Kurdistan, to teach them his presence in the forces Alپeshmrگh, indicating that the others do not look back to the issue of concern.

According to Azad, coming from the Netherlands, where studying to become a teacher: “I will stay here and I will be in the ranks of Alپeshmrگh forever.”

 US Retired Col. :The withdrawal from Iraq is a major cause of what is happening in the region

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BAGHDAD / NINA / US Retired Col. Rick Francona said that “withdrawal from Iraq was a major cause of what is happening in the region,” calling on officials to “push President Barack Obama to change his current strategy used against the Islamic State organization (IS)”.

He said in a televised statement that “the last period proved that the United States’ strategy against (IS) is ineffective,” adding that “what is happening in the region caused by several factors, especially the withdrawal from Iraq and refused to arm the Syrian opposition.”

Francona added, “it was the duty of our country / United States / to keep troops in Iraq, not only military capabilities on the ground, but to monitor the course of things for the Iraqi army.” Explaining that ” these crises because pulling troops out of Iraq and not to arm the Syrian opposition.”

He stressed “the need to change what we’re currently doing, because the Iraqi army has no to eradicate the (IS) group, which still has the ability to move and the air strikes did not stop it” ./ End

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Iraq’s Shiite authority flexes its political muscle

The Shiite community has much more religious coherence than its Sunni counterpart. This raises several questions for Sunni authorities, including the ones raised by prominent Iraqi Sunni cleric Sheikh Ahmad al-Qabisi in response to Ali al-Sistani’s fatwa regarding the need to defend Iraq against extremist Sunni attacks. “Shiites have a strong authority that orders and is obeyed. However, Sunnis do not and will not have a similar leadership or authority,” he said.

The religious Shiite institution has never had a clerical system such as the Catholic Church in the Vatican. However, it does have a strong bond with its popular base and can mobilize millions by issuing a single fatwa. The Shiite authority has a prominent historical role within Shiite communities through the social and spiritual power that the religious leadership has over its followers.

One can find several examples of Shiite clerics having prominent social roles in the region’s modern history. Sayyid Hassan al-Shirazi’s fatwa (1814-96) led the dissolution of one of the greatest trade contracts between the Kingdom of Iran and Great Britain in 1891. Shiite authorities played a decisive role in the constitutional revolution in Iran between 1905 and 1907. The entire Iraqi public rose up against the British when they occupied Iraq after World War I, in the Great Iraqi Revolution of 1920. There are plenty of other examples that can be seen throughout Sistani’s leadership in modern-day Iraq.

Despite all the social transformations of the modern era, Shiite authorities still have a broad social power over their followers in the various Shiites communities around the world, which gives great power and cohesion to Shiites compared with other denominations of Islam. Where does this power come from, how is it implemented and how do the religious authorities communicate with their followers in Shiite communities?

Shiite religious institutions have relative political and economic independence from governmental controls, which has given them major social influence, since these religious authorities have been seeking to exercise power outside politics. This has tied them to their social base, and created common interests between the two parties. In contrast, Sunni religious leaders are usually elected by governments and operate as part of a regime, as is the situation now in Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

The Shiite authority offices are split into four main departments: a department to study and issue fatwas and religious edicts, the Department of Social Relations, the Department of Social Assistance and a department for communication with political authorities. Each department communicates with its popular base, where authorities usually take into consideration the social pulse of all these fields. This system has evolved throughout the centuries and turned into a general office of authority for the management of affairs for Shiite religious power.

Communication between followers and religious institutions is done through a wide network of agents who are directly supervised by the office of authority. The process of selecting agents is done with great sensitivity so as not to be exploited by certain people. Sistani has developed a hierarchical network of licensed individuals that includes 350 personnel in various regions in Iraq. All licensed individuals are conditioned not to accept any political position and not to be biased toward any political party. In the event that any of them breaks this condition, they shall be dismissed and immediately replaced. This occurred when 15 licensed individuals were dismissed following the last Iraqi elections, for explicitly being biased toward certain political parties participating in the elections.

This is important for maintaining a general social power for the entire Shiite community. Sistani has been committed to this principle since 2003 without any major changes. He gave general instructions for clergy in Iraq following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, as stated in the book “The Texts Issued by Sayyid Sistani” by Hamid al-Khafaf. It said, “Clerics should not be affiliated to administrative and executive matters. Their role should be limited to enlightenment and guidance.” He also stressed this during his last meeting with some students of Hawza, at the beginning of the current academic year in Najaf. He asked all students of Hawza to “avoid affiliation to any political or religious party, no matter the sanctity of its founder and stay away from political matters because this distracts students from their education and involves them in unnecessary mazes at this stage.”

The Department of Political Communication is Sistani’s only form of participation in the political field. This is limited to helping various political parties work together, resolve their differences and get things done, as well as providing advice and general guidance. The imams of Friday prayers in the city of Karbala, Sheikh Abdul Mahdi Karbalai and Ahmed al-Safi, are the only licensed sheikhs who have the authorization to declare a political position on behalf of Sistani’s office. Sistani’s shrewd political positioning led to an agreement between all Shiite parties around him, who recognized him as a religious authority with a broad social power involving the Shiites of Iraq and other parts of the world.

The Department of Social Assistance also plays a major role in linking the Shiite authority to the community. Al-Monitor was informed that this assistance amounts to $5 million a month in southern Iraq alone. For example, Najaf received 15,000 displaced persons during the recent Iraqi crisis, and they were not only Shiites but also included Sunni families. Sistani’s office contributed 150,000 Iraqi dinars ($130) for every displaced family, without taking into consideration their religion, with an additional 50,000 dinars ($40) for each member of the family, as well as a daily meal. In the same context, there is a wide network of services and economic support in various fields such as education, health and culture in other areas of Iraq and across the Shiite world. The sources of these funds are wealthy Shiites who provide their authorities with an annual liturgy in addition to gifts, endowments and other public charities.

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See site .. Kurd announce the death of al-Baghdadi in battles Kobanî and published a picture of his body

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09-10-2014 01:35 AM

Declared the site ‘Voice of Kurdistan’ on the Internet killed the leader of the ‘Daash’ terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the site published a photo said it represents the body of al-Baghdadi.

The Kurdish website that the leader of the so-called Islamic State (Daash) was killed during the clashes in the area Kobanî (appointed Arabs), which ignited the fuse of the battles in which between Kurdish fighters and Daash a few days ago that killed more than 400 fighters from both sides so far did not outweigh win Kobanî in which to continue the fight now.

Media reports have picked up a Kurdish news ‘Voice of Kurdistan’ and said that the units protect the Kurdish people managed to kill the leader of the state of Iraq and the Levant Islamic “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” yesterday.

The reports, that there is a body of a person believed to be for “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” the commander of the organization of the Islamic State “Daash.”

He said, “the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights,” he was able to document the deaths of 412 people since the start of an attack organization “hard-line”, known as “Daash”, the city of Kobani, or “Eye of the Arabs,” according to the label Arab, near the border with Turkey, in 16 September last year.

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A Ranger, SEAL, Delta Operator, Marine, Fighter Pilot & War College Grad Respond to ISIS’ Threats

The Army Threat Integration Center has announced a bone-chilling advisory about ISIS’s call to slaughter U.S. military families. According to Fox News:

The advisory warns military personnel and their families about the Islamic State, or ISIS, calling on supporters to target their homes.

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One section cites a jihadist tweet calling on lone offenders to use the “yellow pages” and social media to identify the addresses of military families, and to “show up [at their homes] and slaughter them.” 

However, the twisted battle cry for killing the family members of service members is not intimidating the greatest fighting force in the world. IJReview had the opportunity to interview six American warriors about ISIS’ cowardly call for massacre, and here’s how they responded to the threat:

1. Daren Sorenson –  Former USAF Officer and F-15E Fighter Pilot who has been deployed seven times and served in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan

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Q: What was your initial reaction when you first heard the news about this ISIS threat?

“We have been fighting a terrorist threat for over a decade since 9/11. This is nothing new and this is not the first time a terrorist group has threatened to attack military members and their families inside the United States.

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If such an attack did occur, their strategy is flawed because it would have the opposite effect of what they desire.  Such an attack would only galvanize the American people, awaken and engage the entire public and energize a level of patriotism not seen since 9/11 and possibly Pearl Harbor.  

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This current generation of enemies has never actually seen a fully energized American war machine. Even after 9/11, the American public was told to “go back to work” and resume life as normal. Fully awakening the sleeping giant is not the desired effect ISIS wants to have to deal with.”

2. Jordan Charters – Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran and Former U.S. Marine who served in the Al Anbar Province in Iraq

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Q: How should we respond to ISIS’s call to slaughter military families?

“ISIS should be completely eliminated. I’m all for unity and equality, but you cannot coexist with people who want to behead you because of your differing beliefs.We need to be more bold about standing up for our veterans and all the things they have sacrificed. And if ISIS is targeting military families, those families have every right to defend and protect themselves.

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Ignoring these types of threats will only prolong the problem.  If we continue to fight terrorism with political correctness, we will potentially see more attacks on the homeland.  And if an ISIS terrorist tries to hurt my family, he’s going to be leaving this world a lot earlier than he expected.”

3. Jonathan Gilliam – Former Navy SEAL, FBI Special Agent and Federal Air Marshal

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Q: What kind of steps should the Armed Forces take when threats like this our made?

“There has been a decline in force protection and awareness. If you’re serving in the Armed forces what you think on a social media is really not something that you should be outwardly broadcasting, unless you have been discharged.

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Military members are soft targets, they are not hard to find. The Department of Defense should stop reacting and already have in place force protection standards. It should be known that if you intrude into a military member’s home, they have the right to use deadly force. If executives are not conscious of the lack of force protection, they are going to be reacting to every threat. And if they are already have a plan in place, all they have to do is respond.

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Then, military members and their families will know how to respond to the threat and be prepared.

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All you have to do is turn on the TV and realize that we are over in Iraq and Syria. And if ISIS is able to take over more border crossings and cities, more people will die. If they take Baghdad, just remember that the Ottoman Empire killed over a million Armenians, that’s the kind of ideas the Islamic Caliphate is trying to push forward. And if they come here, they won’t recognize you for your beliefs, believe like them or you will be killed.”

4. Kurt Schlichter – Desert Storm – Kosovo Veteran and War College Graduate who wrote “Conservative Insurgency”

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Q: What do you think about the news when you heard it? How do we deal with groups like ISIS?

“ISIS is aggressive in its propaganda war (which is what this is) and this supports its intent of demonstrating we are powerless and at its mercy. By murdering American warriors and/or family members it demonstrates its power – and our weakness.

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Kill them until they beg to surrender. That’s not a flippant answer. We are in a war. Disregard the academics and fools who think they understand warfare but don’t. You win wars by killing the enemy until he begs to surrender. Until you have broken your enemy, you will never have peace.”

5. Marty Skovlund Jr- Former Army Ranger and author of “Violence of Action: The Untold Stories of the 75th Ranger Regiment in The War On Terror”

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Q: What do you think about the threat on military families. And being that you served as a Ranger, how do you feel about ISIS holding captive former Army Ranger Peter Kassig?

“I didn’t take much stock in what ISIS said. I’m not going to clutch my blanket. My Mom raised me to only fear God and that’s the way I am going to live my life. But at the same time I will keep my head on a swivel and always maintain situational awareness.

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At some point you have to recognize that there is evil in the world. I don’t really care where in the world it’s happening, it shouldn’t stop. Despite all the reasons not to go there, I still would support a ground and air campaign. But only if there is a clear objective and an efficient economy of force. It’s a shame that we haven’t done it already.

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As far as former U.S. Army Ranger Peter Kassig being held by ISIS, it’s terrible. You can’t help but think: what if I was in that situation? You can’t help but think about what his family is going through. To think that someone who I served with could have his head cut off and plastered all over the internet…

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We have one of the most experienced and successful headhunting task-forces in the world. Between the Special Operations group we have it’s hard for me to believe that we don’t have the capability to find this guy.

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Unfortunately, the leadership on this issue is poor. The hands off approach to national defense doesn’t work. We are America. We are the beacon of hope for the world. If we see a wrong happening in the world, we have a moral imperative to do something about it.”

6. Dale Comstock – Former Green Beret, Delta Force Operator and author of “American Badass

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Q: What are your thoughts on this current threat and the issue of ISIS?

“It didn’t surprise me. It’s something that’s possible. A lot of us in the military have talked about this for years and years…we knew this could happen.

There are so many simple ways for terrorists to wreak havoc. You’ll eventually see IEDS in this country and ambushes. These kind of tactics will find their way here. Because terrorists don’t fight conventionally, they fight unconventionally. They won’t to face us man to man. They will attack our women and our kids.

I tell my wife, don’t answer the door without a gun in your hand. 

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They need to safeguard soldiers’ families. Most bases are closed bases. But anyone really determined could get into a facility undetected. We could have soldiers pulling guard duty in these neighborhoods. 

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I was very deep inside of Iraq when Desert Storm ended. There I was standing in the desert, shaking my head and I couldn’t believe it. I told my team we were going to be back to fight again, or our sons will.

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We need to go in there and get the job done. ISIS doesn’t respect surgical strikes. They respect blunt trauma.  When you level an entire village, that’s what they understand. They only understand the language of force.  Don’t punch them in the nose, go in there with a baseball bat and take their head off with one swing.

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They feel like we are not going to do anything to them. They are laughing at us. Go in there and crush them. We are the most efficient fighting force in the world. These guys fear us when we are on the ground. Show no mercy.  Show them when you push our buttons, we are going to do some serious damage.”

These six warriors just revealed the rude awakening the Islamic State is in for if they continue their campaign of terror. Clearly, ISIS is picking a fight with the wrong nation.

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America supports the re-formation of the Iraqi security forces to weaken the «Daash»

President Barack Obama’s intention to intensify his efforts to weaken and undermine the so-called organized Daash in Syria and Iraq, pointing out that the international coalition led by the United States against al Daash making progress, despite the difficulty of the task approval.

The Obama stressed during a meeting with members of the National Security Council at the headquarters of the Ministry of Defense «Pentagon» on the importance of supporting the Iraqi efforts in the restructuring of the security forces, including their plan to create a new structure for the National Guard to merge with elements of local security more effectively and fight Daash.

A statement issued by the White House after the meeting, said that the security team briefed Obama on the last NATO international contributions, including debates with key partners, to work on the integration of their abilities within a broader strategy to fight al Daash in Iraq and Syria.

And re-Obama emphasized that «the task is still difficult and can not solve the issue overnight», pointing out that the important thing is wide consensus, not only in the region but also between the countries of the world also, that the organization of the State in Iraq and the Levant constitutes a threat to stability and peace and security international.

The meeting comes with the progress of the organization Daash in some areas of Iraq and the escalation of fighting between the elements and Kurdish fighters in the eyes of the Arabs (Kobanî) Syrian border with Turkey, where Washington announced on Wednesday that the air strikes are not enough to save the city by conflicting news about the storm by its fighters, while said Marine Col. John Kirby, spokesman for the Pentagon during a press conference that «air strikes alone will not be able to do so, and will not solve the problem and save Kobanî», adding that this will not deter the coalition to continue to hit the sites of regulation.

Kirby explained that defeating the regulation requires the presence of «capable armies, such as the moderate Syrian opposition and the Iraqi army, but this requires some time», pointing out that they do not have at the moment is capable of volunteers and partner effectively on the ground inside Syria.

For his part, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey told a television «The so-called organized Daash enemy learns from his mistakes, and began fighters know how to maneuver and hiding among the population». He pointed out that the organization’s fighters «become more skilled in the use of electronic devices, and returned waving flags or traveling in convoys, as long as they were doing in the past, does not reside headquarters, can be seen and identified».

In addition, he said, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that the organization offers Daash militants in the town of Kobani on the Syrian-Turkish border are only a tragedy, but that will not deter the United States and its allies continue their strategy in the region in the long term.

Kerry said to reporters during his stay in the city of Boston, Massachusetts United States: «Kobanî tragedy because they embody evil Daash but it has nothing to do with the strategy of confronting militant group».

The «has not left us only a few weeks to build a coalition, and is still being distributed tasks, and the main objective of this effort is to allow Iraq to complete his cabinet and starts the counter-attack».

In the same context, said British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond «organizing Daash attack on Iraq represents another serious threat to the security of energy may have severe implications on the global energy markets and the prices we pay».

On the other hand, the United States Central Command said yesterday that the international coalition planes launched five air strikes near the town of Kobani, located on the Syrian border during the forty-eight hours, although controlled by Kurdish forces, apparently «most of the city and steadfast» fighters in the face of the terrorist organization Daash.

She added that the strikes carried out daily yesterday and the day before yesterday damaged training camp Daash and destroyed the building and two vehicles and hit a large unit, and the United Nations said that a few hundred of the population still in Kobanî is that Kurdish fighters assert that the fighting will end the massacre in the event of victory Daash granted militant fighters sites military on the border with Turkey.

For his part, said Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu Jawish born yesterday predicted that Turkey’s ground operation do solo across the border to save the Syrian town of Kobani organization Daash is unrealistic.

He said in a press conference with the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Jens Stoltenberg «unrealistic that Turkey is waiting for a ground operation alone. We are in talks. Once you reach a joint decision will not hesitate to play its role in Turkey ».

On the other hand, sources revealed the follow-up to the war machine in the eye of the Arab fighters Daash terrorist organization in control of more than one-third of the town of Ain Arab after fighting continuously for three weeks with Kurdish forces, backed by air strikes led by the United States. The commander of the Kurdish city’s defenders that Daash controls a much smaller area.

For his part, explained the Syrian Observatory, which monitors civil war in Syria that Daash currently controls all areas east of the eye of Arabs and a small part of the north-east and in the south-east region.

He informed the commander of the militia forces in the Kurdish fighters Kobanî Daash seized about a quarter of the town in the east and battles going on in the streets, with a loud explosion was heard yesterday in the western side of Kobanî viewed and thick clouds of black smoke at the Turkish border, which lies a few kilometers.

He heard the sound of fighter at low altitude as possible to hear the sounds of gunshots in the besieged town.

The United Nations says that the town of Kobani strategy is no longer where only a few hundred of the population, but its defenders say that the battle will end if the massacre took organize Daash on the town.

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Security Kurdish announce the arrest of a former intelligence officer responsible for “Daash” Kirkuk

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Kurdish source confirmed, that the security services in the city of Kirkuk, north of Baghdad, arrested the former Iraqi intelligence officer accused of planning and guidance of many armed operations, pointing out that he ‘is responsible for recruiting members of sleeper cells, affiliated with al Daash in Kirkuk’.
The same source said that the ‘security services officer detainee accuses of being behind many of sabotage operations in Kirkuk, playing the role of planned and directed her’.
In a related context, it was revealed police chief districts and areas in Kirkuk Brigadier Sarhad capable in a press statement that it had seen ‘news agency’ today (Thursday), That security agents carried out the operation took place in the center of the province of Kirkuk and the surrounding areas, resulted in the arrest of nearly 400 people, some of whom required for the security services, and others are suspected of committing acts of violence, took place in the province, or to work with the armed groups, especially ‘Daash’oakd also, that ‘the detainee was an associate of the Iraqi intelligence service in the regime of Saddam Hussein, who was killed in April / April 2003’.

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