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Jabhat al-Nusra Spokesman Rejects IS Alliance Rumors

A Jabhat al-Nusra spokesman tells the blog Syria Direct that rumors of an alliance between his al-Qaida affiliate and the Islamic State are false.

Western media sources published reports last week that both jihadist factions reached an agreement at a Nov. 2 meeting to stop fighting each other and destroy the U.S.-aligned Syrian Revolutionaries Front.

The spokesman from Jabhat al-Nusra's media office in northwestern Syria's Idlib province, identified as Abu Azzam al-Ansari, confirmed that the group sent representatives to meet with those from the Islamic State.

But the Islamic State's representatives rejected their offer of reconciliation, al-Ansari said.

He showed suspicion of the Islamic State in the interview, saying it has been "penetrated by American [spies]" to give the West an excuse for bombing everyone who "subscribes to the Salafi-jihadi strain of thought."

Al-Ansari also dismissed the Obama administration's use of the term "Khorasan Group" to describe a cell of al-Qaida fighters, saying that it really is his own group, Jabhat al-Nusra. The term was used to "mislead" people to hide the fact they were actually fighting al-Qaida in Syria.

Mentioning the recent fighting between Jabhat al-Nusra and the Western-backed Syrian Revolutionaries Front that led to the rout of the latter, al-Ansari said his group opposed the "implementation of any foreign agendas" in Syria.

"We're Muslims, and Allah – blessed be Allah exalted – ordered us to rule with Islam, and we won't be satisfied to anything else," al-Ansari said.

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By John Rossomando  |  November 17, 2014 at 2:35 pm  |  Permalink

Des associations musulmanes américaines classées par les Émirats arabes unis comme groupes terroristes

Samedi, le gouvernement des Émirats arabes unis (EAU) a approuvé une liste détaillée de 83 organisations classées comme terroristes, selon ce que rapporte la WAM Emirates News Agency. Cette liste comprend divers groupes affiliés à Al-Qaïda ainsi que l'État islamique.

Les Émirats considèrent également comme organisations terroristes les Frères Musulmans et certaines de ses filiales dans le monde, notamment le Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) et la Muslim American Society (MAS).

Cette démarche des Émirats fait suite à la décision prise au printemps dernier de suivre la résolution de l'Arabie Saoudite de classer comme terroriste l'organisation basée en Égypte des Frères Musulmans. Des documents du ministère américain des Affaires étrangères que l'Investigative Project on Terrorism a pu se procurer, montrent que des représentants du CAIR s'étaient rendus aux Émirats arabes unis pour financer des missions.

Buzzfeed rapporte que le CAIR demande aux Émirats de reconsidérer leur décision en disant que « sa ligne de conduite est à l'opposé de celle des extrémistes violents. »

Dans une déclaration, le CAIR a dit qu'il se consacrait, à l'instar de la Muslim American Society (MAS), à « la promotion pacifique des droits civils et démocratiques et… l'opposition au terrorisme quels qu'en soient l'époque, le lieu et les auteurs. »

Cependant la police du FBI a, depuis 2008, interdit de communiquer avec le CAIR en dehors d'enquêtes criminelles. Cette décision était motivée par les preuves révélées lors d'un procès pour financement du terrorisme qui s'était tenu à Dallas et avait rangé le CAIR et ses fondateurs dans un réseau de soutien au Hamas lié aux Frères Musulmans et dénommé Palestine Committee. En 2009, le directeur adjoint du FBI, Richard Powers, écrivait : « Tant que nous verrons qu'il subsiste un lien entre le CAIR ou ses responsables et le Hamas, le FBI ne considérera pas le CAIR comme un partenaire de liaison convenable. »

La Muslim American Society (MAS) fait également office de section des Frères Musulmans en Amérique. En 2004, un reportage du Chicago Tribune décrit la façon dont la MAS est devenue le bras des Frères Musulmans en Amérique après un débat sur l'opportunité de rester ou non dans la clandestinité. Dans un témoignage datant de 2012, Abdurahman Alamoudi, qui fut l'activiste islamiste le plus influent du pays sur le plan politique, a déclaré que le lien entre la MAS et les Frères était bien connu dans les cercles islamistes.

Quant au CAIR, il a pour habitude de répondre aux critiques et aux questions sur ses liens avec un réseau de soutien au Hamas créé par les Frères Musulmans, en brandissant l'accusation « d'islamophobie ».

Cette fois-ci, ils devront se montrer plus créatifs.

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By IPT News  |  November 17, 2014 at 10:48 am  |  Permalink

UAE Designates CAIR, MAS as Terrorist Groups

The United Arab Emirates' (UAE) cabinet approved a comprehensive list of 83 designated terrorist organizations Saturday, the WAM Emirates News Agency reports. The list includes various al-Qaeda affiliates and the Islamic State.

But the UAE also considers the Muslim Brotherhood and some of its global affiliates as terrorist organizations. The list includes the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Society (MAS).

The UAE action follows a decision last spring to follow Saudi Arabia's decision to label the Egyptian-based Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. CAIR officials previously traveled to the UAE on fundraising missions, State Department records obtained by the Investigative Project on Terrorism show.

Buzzfeed reports that CAIR is asking the UAE to reconsider, saying its "advocacy model is the antithesis of the narrative of violent extremists."

In a statement, CAIR said it and MAS "peacefully promote civil and democratic rights and ... oppose terrorism whenever it occurs, wherever it occurs and whoever carries it out."

But FBI policy since 2008 has prohibited communicating with CAIR outside of criminal investigations. That decision was based on evidence in a terror-financing prosecution in Dallas which placed CAIR and its founders in a Muslim Brotherhood Hamas support network called the Palestine Committee. "[U]ntil we can resolve whether there continues to be a connection between CAIR or its executives and HAMAS, the FBI does not view CAIR as an appropriate liaison partner," Assistant FBI Director Richard Powers wrote in 2009.

The Muslim American Society (MAS) also serves as a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood in America. A 2004 Chicago Tribune story describes how MAS was formed as the Brotherhood's U.S. arm after a debate about whether to stay underground. In 2012 testimony, Abdurahman Alamoudi, once the most politically influential Islamist activist in the country, said the connection between MAS and the Brotherhood was well known in Islamist circles.

CAIR's standard response to criticism, and to questions about its roots in a Muslim Brotherhood-created Hamas support network, is to accuse the source of "Islamophobia."

They'll have to get more creative this time.

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By IPT News  |  November 17, 2014 at 9:33 am  |  Permalink

Jabhat al-Nusra Squeezes Out U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebels

Gains by al-Qaida linked Jabhat al-Nusra in northwestern Syria threatens to leave the U.S. with few options on the ground in that region.

Jabhat al-Nusra recently attacked and overran Harakat al-Hazm and the Syrian Revolutionaries Front (SRF) led by Jamal Maarouf, two key American aligned militias that the Obama administration saw as key parts of its strategy against the Islamic State (IS).

Maarouf fled to Turkey and no longer has any brigades in the area around Idlib, located in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border. He previously proclaimed his solidarity with Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic Front in a January Twitter post.

"The front of the Syrian revolutionizes, The Islamic Front, and Jabhat al-Nusra, Muhajreen and Ansar, we are all in the fighting front together against the regime. What happened now is a fitna (strife), God damn who ignited it," Maarouf wrote.

Al-Nusra also killed a commander belonging to the Free Syrian Army's Dawn of Freedom Brigades in the fighting.

Jabhat al-Nusra confiscated heavy gear and weapons that the West had provided to its allies.

The Islamist group decided to attack the U.S.-backed rebel groups after the Obama administration bombed its fighters and those belonging to IS. This decision also opened the way to an agreement between Al-Nusra and IS to cooperate in destroying Maarouf's faction.

President Obama said in September that a "moderate" force would be created and that their first targets were jihadists.

The U.S.-led coalition, along with "U.S. spies," aim to eliminate all Islamic factions that "do not comply with Western policy," Al-Nusra leader Abu Mohammed al-Golani said in the Al-Monitor story.

"We have made the decision to cancel the SRF," Golani said.

This opens the way for the al-Qaida linked group to carve out an Islamic emirate in the area around Idlib.

It hopes that such an emirate would increase its credibility among global jihadists and compete with the Islamic State to attract new fighters. Jabhat al-Nusra already has created its own courts in towns surrounding Idlib, an area isolated from direct contact with Assad's forces and from those with the Islamic State.

The U.S.-aligned rebels blamed the Obama administration for their failures. Although President Obama promised to arm the "moderate" Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State and the Assad regime, supplies trickled in, slowed in part by bureaucracy.

"We decide on the mission that we want to do. Then we apply to the operations room for the weapons. If they agree with our military plan, some weapons arrive," a commander calling himself Abu Ahmed told the Daily Telegraph. "If we receive TOW anti-tank missiles, we have to film every time we use one to prove we haven't sold it on."

Abu Ahmed also complained that other FSA units didn't come to help, fearing Al-Nusra would attack them too.

The U.S.-backed rebels have also witnessed a stream of defections to Al-Nusra and IS.

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By John Rossomando  |  November 13, 2014 at 5:34 pm  |  Permalink

Qaradawi appelle les musulmans à prendre les armes contre Israël et les juifs

Jeudi, le cheikh Yousouf Al-Qaradawi, la voix des Frères Musulmans la plus écoutée au monde, a appelé les musulmans à mener « la plus grande bataille de libération » contre Israël et les juifs.

Dans un message en arabe posté sur son site internet et traduit par l'Investigative Project on Terrorism, Qaradawi appelle les musulmans à se révolter pour défendre la mosquée Al-Aqsa de Jérusalem – le troisième lieu saint de l'Islam – contre Israël. Ses déclarations interviennent dans un contexte de tension accrue entre Israël et les Palestiniens.

Le 30 octobre, Israël a fermé à tous les croyants l'accès au Mont du Temple, là où est située la mosquée, à la suite d'une tentative d'assassinat dirigée contre un activiste israélien. Dernièrement des juifs radicaux ont demandé le droit de prier dans la mosquée Al-Aqsa, construite sur le site le plus sacré du judaïsme. Israël leur a interdit d'agir de la sorte. Le président de l'Autorité palestinienne, Mahmoud Abbas, a dénoncé la fermeture du site, la qualifiant de « déclaration de guerre ». Le 31 octobre, Israël a rouvert le site après avoir relevé les mesures de sécurité. Les tensions demeurent vives et les incitations à la violence ont augmenté.

L'article de Qaradawi s'insurge contre le projet d'Israël d'entreprendre des fouilles archéologiques sous le Mont du Temple et contre ce qu'il qualifie de « tentatives de judaïser la ville de Jérusalem ». Il met en garde contre des attaques visant les sites sacrés musulmans et chrétiens.

Qaradawi écrit : « Ce qui est en train de se passer à Al-Aqsa est une catastrophe majeure. La [nation] des Arabes et la [nation] des musulmans ne peuvent rester silencieuses face à cela. Pour la mosquée Al-Aqsa, le sang coulera et les musulmans engageront leur vie, leur argent et leurs fils. »

Dans sa diatribe, il appelle également les religieux musulmans à inciter les fidèles à défendre Al-Aqsa et les dirigeants musulmans à rallier la cause.

Qaradawi a cité un hadith ignoble et apocalyptique fréquemment invoqué par les islamistes et qui dit aux musulmans de tuer les juifs.

« Le Messager de Dieu (bénédiction et salut d'Allah sur lui) a dit: L'heure ne se lèvera pas avant que les Musulmans ne combattent les Juifs, au point que le Juif se cachera derrière les rochers et les arbres. Les rochers et les arbres diront alors: "Ô Musulman ! Voici derrière moi un Juif, viens le tuer". »

Jeudi, Qaradawi a franchi un nouveau cap sur Twitter en déclarant : « Toute la [nation musulmane] est tenue de faire le djihad dans le sentier d'Allah, car c'est un commandement pour toute la [nation musulmane] selon les capacités et les compétences de chacun. »

Toutefois ce point de vue n'est pas nouveau chez Qaradawi. En janvier 1998, l'Associated Press le citait quand il disait : « On ne devrait pas dialoguer avec ces gens-là [les Israéliens], sauf avec des sabres. » En avril 2011, il décrivait les attentats suicides en ces termes : « Ce ne sont pas des opérations suicides… Ce sont des opérations martyres héroïques. »

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By John Rossomando  |  November 10, 2014 at 7:37 pm  |  Permalink

Palestinian Terrorists Stab Israelis in Separate Incidents

A young Israeli woman was killed and a soldier is in critical condition after separate Palestinian terrorist attacks Monday.

In the first incident, a Palestinian man stabbed an Israeli solider in Tel Aviv. Hours later, another Palestinian terrorist attacked Israelis with a knife, killing a young woman after stabbing her in the neck and injuring two others at a bus stop in the West Bank community of Alon Shvut. The victim has been identified as
Dalia Lamkus, aged either 25 or 26.

Hamas radio identified the bus stop attacker as Maher Hamdi al-Hashalmoun from Hebron, Israel's Channel 10 reported. Hashalmoun reportedly was a released security prisoner. He was shot dead by a guard shortly after the attack.

The terrorist allegedly tried to run over the three people at the bus stop with his minivan. After missing them, he got out of his car and attacked the civilians with a knife.

The stabbings are the latest in a string of Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israelis throughout the country, especially in Jerusalem. Last week, a Hamas operative rammed his car into a crowd of Israeli pedestrians in Jerusalem, killing a Border Police officer and injuring 14 others.

After claiming responsibility, Hamas called for more terrorist attacks against Israelis. "We call on the people of Jerusalem and the West Bank and all of the Palestinians to carry out more of these activities with full force in order to defend al-Aksa," according to a Hamas' statement.

These latest attacks occurred in context of Fatah calling for a 'Day of Rage' in Jerusalem and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' advocating for the "use of all ways" to inhibit Jews from entering the Temple Mount compound, according to a Times of Israel report of a Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) translation.

Last month, a suspected Hamas terrorist similarly crashed his car into a crowd of Israelis at a light rail station in Jerusalem, killing a 3-month-old American-Israeli girl and a woman from Ecuador, in addition to injuring eight others.

Jerusalem is also witnessing a rise in Palestinian attacks, including rock throwing, Molotov cocktails and increased rioting in surrounding neighborhoods.

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By IPT News  |  November 10, 2014 at 1:34 pm  |  Permalink

Qaradawi Calls Muslims to Arms Against Israel and the Jews

The Muslim Brotherhood's leading global voice, Sheik Yusuf Qaradawi, called on Muslims Thursday to fight "the greatest battle of liberation" against Israel and the Jews.

In an Arabic message posted on his website and translated by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, Qaradawi called on Muslims to rise up and defend Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque – Islam's third holiest shrine – against Israel. His comments come amid heightened tension between Israel and the Palestinians.

Israel closed the Temple Mount, where the mosque is located, to all worshippers Oct. 30 following an assassination attempt against an Israeli activist. Jewish radicals have recently demanded the right to pray in the Al-Aqsa mosque, built on the holiest site to Jews, something Israel has forbidden them to do. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the closure, calling it a "declaration of war." Israel reopened the site Oct. 31 amid heavy security. Tensions remain high, and incitement to violence has increased.

Qaradawi's article protests against Israel's planned archaeological tunnels under the Temple Mount and what he calls "attempts to Judaize the city of Jerusalem." He warns of attacks against Muslim and Christian holy sites.

"What is happening to Al-Aqsa at this time is a major disaster," Qaradawi wrote. "The [nation] of the Arabs and the [nation] of the Muslims may not keep silent about it.

"For the sake of Al-Aqsa mosque, blood will flow, and Muslims will expend lives and money, and sons."

His diatribe also calls on Muslim clerics to urge followers to defend Al-Aqsa, and for Muslim leaders and rulers to rally to the cause.

Qaradawi cited an infamous, apocalyptic hadith frequently invoked by Islamists telling Muslims to kill Jews.

"The Messenger of Allah (May Allah bless him and grant him peace) has informed us, when he said: "The Hour will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews, with Muslims fighting them until the Jew hides behind rocks and trees, and the rocks and trees saying: 'Oh Muslim, Oh servant of Allah, this Jew behind me, come kill him.'"

He took a further step on Twitter on Thursday, saying: "All the [Muslim nation] is required to wage Jihad in the Way of God, as this is a command upon all the [Muslim nation] to their capacity and competence."

This position is not new for Qaradawi. In January 1998, the Associated Press quoted al-Qaradawi as writing, "There should be no dialogue with these people [Israelis] except with swords." And in April 2001, he described suicide bombings as follows, "They are not suicide operations…These are heroic martyrdom operations."

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By John Rossomando  |  November 10, 2014 at 12:23 pm  |  Permalink

À nouveau un terroriste palestinien en voiture percute une foule d'Israéliens : 1 mort

The Jerusalem Post rapporte qu'un terroriste palestinien a foncé avec sa voiture sur une foule de passants israéliens à Jérusalem, à deux endroits d'une ligne de tram, dont un arrêt bondé, tuant un agent de la police des frontières et blessant 14 personnes. Les autorités israéliennes savaient que le terroriste, Ibrahim al-Acri, était un agent du Hamas. L'organisation terroriste a revendiqué l'attentat en parlant d'Al-Acri comme d'un « martyr » ayant mené « une opération héroïque ».

Cet attentat s'inscrit dans une série d'attaques terroristes qui ont, ces dernières semaines, visé des Israéliens à Jérusalem. Le 22 octobre, un membre présumé du Hamas a également lancé sa voiture sur une foule d'Israéliens sortant d'un tram à Jérusalem. Bilan : un bébé israélo-américain de trois mois et une femme originaire de l'Équateur tués et huit autres personnes blessées. Jérusalem est le témoin d'une recrudescence d'attentats palestiniens, dont des jets de pierres et de cocktails Molotov.

Selon WAFA, une agence de presse officielle de l'Autorité nationale palestinienne, le terroriste du dernier attentat en date est innocent : il a simplement perdu le contrôle de son véhicule. Le rapport de WAFA omet le fait que, après avoir lancé sa voiture sur une personne, le terroriste s'est rué sur une autre jonction toute proche où il a percuté d'autres passants. Le terroriste serait alors sorti de la voiture avec une barre de fer et aurait continué à s'en prendre à d'autres personnes avant d'être tué par la police israélienne.

Cliquez ici pour voir la séquence de la phase initiale de l'attentat filmée par la caméra de surveillance.

Le Premier ministre israélien Benyamin Netanyahou a accusé l'Autorité palestinienne et ses partenaires du Hamas d'avoir encouragé ce nouvel attentat terroriste par des discours incendiaires et des incitations à la violence.

« L'attentat à la voiture bélier qui s'est produit aujourd'hui à Jérusalem est la conséquence directe des incitations d'Abu Mazen (le président de l'Autorité palestinienne Mahmoud Abbas) et de son partenaire le Hamas », a déclaré Netanyahou lors de la cérémonie annuelle organisée par l'État israélien en souvenir du Premier ministre Yitzhak Rabin assassiné.

Au début de cette semaine, le parti d'Abbas, le Fatah, a appelé à un « Jour de Colère » à Jérusalem et a encouragé explicitement d'autres affrontements et attentats contre les Israéliens de la ville.

Après avoir revendiqué l'action d'aujourd'hui, le Hamas a appelé à multiplier les attentats contre les Israéliens.

« Nous appelons le peuple de Jérusalem et de Cisjordanie ainsi que tous les Palestiniens à employer toutes leurs forces à multiplier ces activités pour la défense d'Al-Aqsa », selon une déclaration du Hamas publiée aujourd'hui [5 novembre].

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By IPT News  |  November 5, 2014 at 7:40 pm  |  Permalink

Another Palestinian Terrorist Crashes Car Into Israeli Crowd, Killing One

A Palestinian terrorist rammed his car into a crowd of Israeli pedestrians in Jerusalem, at two separate spots near the light rail, including one crowded station, killing a Border Police officer and injuring 14 other people, according to The Jerusalem Post. Israeli authorities were aware that the terrorist, Ibrahim al-Acri, was a Hamas operative, and the terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the attack, referring to al Acri as a "martyr" who conducted "a heroic operation."

This attack comes in context of a string of terrorist attacks targeting Israelis in Jerusalem in recent weeks. On October 22, a suspected Hamas member similarly crashed his car into a crowd of Israelis exiting the light rail in Jerusalem, killing a three month-old American-Israeli girl, and a woman from Ecuador, and injuring eight others. Jerusalem is witnessing an increase in Palestinian attacks, including rock throwing and Molotov cocktails.

According to WAFA, an official Palestinian National Authority news agency, the terrorist in the latest attack is innocent who merely lost control of his car. The WAFA report omits the fact that after ramming his car over one person, the terrorist sped off to another nearby junction where he crashed into other pedestrians. The terrorist then allegedly exited the car with a metal bar and continued to attack more people before Israeli police killed him.

Click here to view security camera footage of the attack's initial stage.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Palestinian Authority (PA) and its Hamas partners of encouraging these latest terrorist attacks through incendiary rhetoric and incitement to violence.

"The vehicular terror attack today in Jerusalem, is the direct result of incitement by Abu Mazen [PA President Mahmoud Abbas] and his partner Hamas," stated Netanyahu, speaking at the annual state remembrance ceremony commemorating assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Earlier this week, Abbas' party Fatah called for a "Day of Rage" in Jerusalem and explicitly encouraged further clashes and attacks against Israelis in the city.

After claiming responsibility for today's action, Hamas has called for more terrorist attacks against Israelis.

"We call on the people of Jerusalem and the West Bank and all of the Palestinians to carry out more of these activities with full force in order to defend al-Aksa," according to a Hamas' statement released today.

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By IPT News  |  November 5, 2014 at 12:46 pm  |  Permalink

Rasmieh Odeh Jury Selected

DETROIT - Opening statements will be given Wednesday morning in the immigration fraud trial of Chicago activist Rasmieh Odeh.

A 12-member jury and two alternates were selected Tuesday.

Prospective jurors were told that exhibits will show that Odeh, 67, was convicted for a bombing attack 45 years ago in which two people were killed. That attack at a Jerusalem grocery story is relevant in this case only because Odeh failed to disclose her record when she applied for naturalization as an American citizen in 2004. Immigration forms specifically ask if someone was ever arrested or convicted, and Odeh checked boxes marked "no."

Several prospective jurors were dismissed after telling the judge that they did not think they could be fair with Odeh after learning she was connected to a deadly attack. Jurors also were asked if they had any biases against Palestinians and Muslims.

Several dozen Odeh supporters traveled from Chicago for the trial's opening, as they have for a series of pre-trial hearings. They held a brief demonstration outside the Detroit federal courthouse after the trial recessed for the day.

If convicted, Odeh could be stripped of her citizenship, face prison time and ultimately be deported.

For background on the case, and the campaign by those supporters to try to get the charges dropped, see our five-part video series., "Spinning a Terrorist Into a Victim."

To see part 1, "Who is Rasmieh Odeh?"
click here.

To see Part 2, "Rasmieh Odeh's Victims," 
click here.

To see part 3, "From Terrorist to American
Citizen" click here.

To see part 4, "Rasmieh Odeh's Changing
Story" click here.

To see part 5, "A Spin Strategy Larger Than
Rasmieh Odeh Herself" click here.

 

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By IPT News  |  November 4, 2014 at 4:39 pm  |  Permalink

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