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Skip to comments.Threat Matrix: September 2007
Posted on 09/01/2007 6:24:54 PM PDT by nwctwx
Ping to September 2007 TM.
Thank you as always for keeping the TM going!! :D
Thank you Ian! : )
Thanks for the ping. New month—new thread!
Thanks and thanks
Al Qaedastan is a interesting work of fiction. I'm not too sure we will have to wait until 2016 for it to become nonfiction, unfortunately.
Well, if thats the case, then I am sure it won’t be a pleasant place to hang your shingle in...
We could turn it into a 24 hour training area for aircrews...
Wouldn’t offend me one bit...Where do I sign back up...I need a lot of training...
Tactically without question UBL's value has been tremendously reduced in the last 6 years as he remains on the run 24/7 and isolated - Strategically he is still of very large importance to the radical Muslim street and their causes -
Killing him is still of vital importance for a number of very real reasons -
For starters....Simply for the justice of it being done / accomplished. For those lives lost due to the attack on this great nation on Sept 11th, 2001 - But also for the lives lost of brave warriors who have been hunting him since late 2001 - The risks that have been taken in tracking him down (along with killing over 3/4 of al-Qeada's top leadership) most are hardly aware of - These men deserve to see the job finished.
However more importantly (to a degree) is that most underestimate the value that UBL still manages to hold (within the radical Muslim street throughout the ME...but also importantly within the Afghan/Pak border regions)...and holds his value simply because he has managed to stay alive (along with Zawahiri) - Another "aura" of sorts has managed to build up around him precisely because of this fact. He remains alive.
Killing him would radiate a resounding defeat throughout not only the Afghan/Pak border region....but throughout the radical Muslim street as well. Some like to talk in circles about how "cause" is larger then just one person (and this is certainly true...without question).
But make no mistake killing UBL will be an endgame outcome that will stick in the world's collective mind (including those radical Muslim wannabes)...UBL is dead. The United States tracked him down and killed him. Full-stop, end of discussion (no amount of psycho babble will be able to deny this fact).
Killing UBL will also recapture the 10 second mindset of a majority of Americans. It will not only remind them of the WOT....but it will reshape their mindset that the American military (headed by CINC GWB) is methodically and deliberately tracking these SOB's down (just like he has quietly and steadfastly said over these past 6 years).
The American public will see it as a complete victory (one in which the factless spinning MSM can't spin negative no matter how hard they will try). The American people deserve this victory.
Lastly our warriors deserve it (which goes along with point one). So -
1. Justice is owed.
2. Killing UBL is a resounding defeat that the radical Muslim street will not only feel...but won't be able to deny or spin. A sense of the inevitability of defeat will only further drape itself over them
3. His death will bring clarity back to the American publics mindset in this WOT - While at the same time bringing back a level of loyalty and respect to our CIC for quietly and steadfastly showing the resolve he has for the last 5 years.
4. His death = complete victory (in one aspect of the WOT) - A victory that can't be denied.
5. Our warriors deserve it and a good morale boost while not needed is always welcome...and this one will have certainly been earned / owed.
Thank YOU nw.
ON THE NET...
Within hours, police were scouring the Ashdale Ave. bungalow, in the Coxwell Ave. and Gerrard St. E. area, which neighbours said was sometimes home to up to 30 people at a time.
"That's definitely a strange house," said Ashley Hinds, who lives nearby. "Most of the residents have a nickname for it, `Bombay Bunker.' It wasn't because of the families, it was because of the brick extensions and the double steel doors in the front, the tiny peep windows with mesh lining.
"Everyone thought something unusual was always happening there, because people came and went all the time. The illegal extensions were reported to authorities, but nothing was done."
Police radio theft sparks APEC fears (Australia)
Saturday September 1, 2007
The theft of digitally encrypted police radios has prompted security fears on the eve of the APEC summit in Sydney.
Police have been advised against using special frequencies that can be picked up by the missing radios during the APEC long weekend, News Limited reports. Sources told the paper three radios were stolen from Newtown on July 8, Leichhardt on August 10 and Burwood on August 27.
The radios are worth $5,000 each and cannot be picked up by regular scanners. It is also understood several digital radios have been stolen from NSW Fire Brigade stations in the city's inner west in recent weeks.
A bulletproof vest was also stolen from a locked police car in Newtown on Thursday, police said. "Between 6pm (AEST) and 8pm on Thursday, a ballistics vest was stolen from locked car parked in Australia St, Newtown," a police spokesman said. "Police inquiries are continuing." The vest can block .38 round, effectively rendering police firearms useless.
Police reopen roads after investigating suspicious package (Canada)
Aug. 31, 2007
Winnipeg police blocked off several streets in the city's core area Friday to investigate a suspicious package near the federal virology lab, but reopened roads two hours later, after they concluded it was not explosive.
It is still not known what the package was, but the bomb squad packed up after X-raying it. They turned it over to the fire department's hazardous materials unit for inspection, police Insp. Steve Pilote said.
The centre, which includes the National Microbiology Laboratory for human diseases and the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease, is considered one of the world's most secure laboratories for the testing of deadly diseases.
COUNTERTERRORISM BLOG.org: "THE VIRAL SPREAD OF EXPLOSIVE TECHNOLOGIES IN THE LAND OF JIHAD" by Douglas Farah (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "One of the most alarming things about the new transnationalism among terrorist groups is the rapid ability to transfer knowledge and technology, both through the the Internet and through individual training.") (August 23, 2007)
CANADA FREE PRESS.com - Worldwide Internet, Al Qaida: "EXPOSING ON-LINE JIHADISTS" by Judi McLeod (ARTICLE SNIPPET: ""In six years I have bookmarked some 6,000-+ Jihadist websites and the list is still growing," says Archangel, code name for an online Jihadist-tracking expert.") (August 10, 2007)
"You must understand that the internet is the primary communication tool/propaganda tool/recruiting tool/fund raising tool for the global jihad. Once you understand that; then you should not be surprised at all that the jihad is in the same country you reside in." -Cindy (July 10, 2007)
JIHAD WATCH.org (UPI.com, by Shaun Waterman, June 4, 2007): "FBI WARNS ON AL-QAEDA'S ENGLISH MESSAGES" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The FBI says al-Qaida is issuing video messages in English to get Muslim extremists in the United States to carry out terror attacks. Speaking on C-SPAN Television, FBI Director of Public Affairs John Miller said al-Qaida leaders have stepped up the tempo of their public messages in an effort to inspire others to compensate for their network's reduced ability directly to execute attacks.") (June 4, 2007)
Prosecution Rests in Holy Land Case
August 31, 2007
More Links (August 31, 2007)
"It wasn't because of the families, it was because of the brick extensions and the double steel doors in the front, the tiny peep windows with mesh lining."
That's interesting Oorang. Thank you.
Of course smuggling drugs in a Quran (Koran) is different than the Cartoon Jihad and is a separate issue altogether.
Thanks to Calpernia for the ping to this thread and article:
“Holy books used for smuggling narcotics”
By Shakeel Anjum
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “The team during checking of parcels booked for England, found four parcels suspicious, the sources said and added the Holy Quran and religious books (Tafheem-ul-Quran) as well as garments were packed in the parcels.
During the search, the raiding party recovered 5.5 kilograms of hashish and 710 grams of heroin concealed in the cavities of the Holy Quran and Tafheem-ul-Quran, the sources said.”
How does that kind of door relate to Bombay?
Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center
at the Israel Intelligence Heritage & Commemoration Center (IICC)
August 30 , 2007
SNIPPET: “A fierce confrontation is being waged by Hamas and Fatah for control of the Palestinian media and for news coverage from the Gaza Strip and Judea and Samaria. It is part of the overall struggle between Hamas and Fatah for legitimacy.”
“IAEA chief cautions Tehran against wasting ‘great chance’”
Published: 09.02.07, 00:34
“Metro Stations Closed This Weekend”
August 31, 2007 - 4:59am
Adam Tuss, WTOP Radio
Thanks to a special freepmailer for pointing to this article:
Saturday, September 01, 2007
“3 Years Ago Today... Terrorists Seize Beslan School”
Wow, did they find the missing school buses in TX?
Note: See photo.
August 30, 2007
Paper Bags: The Next Terrorist Weapon
To the troops in Iraq: beware of seedy young men carrying plain brown paper bags. No, it’s not porn in the bag. It’s a mortar.
From a short video showing the pair dropping the bag, firing the mortar from it, and then running like hell. I’m guessing the paper bag mortar isn’t exactly accurate.
I have not seen any updates regarding the buses being located.
I’ll check again tonight.
This is still the latest article I can find:
“School bus thefts raise security concerns”
09:35 AM CDT on Tuesday, August 28, 2007
By Jeff McShan / 11 News
Jeff McShan’s 11 News report
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “The Houston Police Department’s Criminal Intelligence Division, the FBI and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office are all concerned about a large number of school buses that have been stolen in the Houston area over the last several months.
Seventeen large, yellow school buses were stolen recently from various charter schools, business schools and private bus companies. Not one has disappeared from HISD.
Most, if not all, were taken from locations on Houstons north side. One off west Tidwell, another from the Lopez bus company off Melrose and Berry streets.”
This article is unrelated to the above article:
In Maine, this school bus was found:
“Stolen school bus found in gravel pit”
Blethen Maine News Service
August 18, 2007
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “WATERVILLE Police are trying to find out who stole a small school bus from Waterville Junior High School early Thursday, drove it to Norridgewock and left it in a gravel pit.
“We have a few leads that we’re working on and we’re very much in hopes it will provide the identity of whoever took the darned thing,” Police Chief Joseph Massey said Friday.”
Thanks a bunch for the ping and for the great work you do for the thread!
MEMRI.ORG: “JIHAD AND TERRORISM STUDIES PROJECT”
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“More Than 1,700 Organizations to Participate in Fourth Annual Homeland Security National Preparedness Month”
Release Date: August 31, 2007
Note: The following text is a quote:
For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
August 30, 2007
National Preparedness Month, 2007
A Proclamation by the President of the United States
White House News
National Preparedness Month is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of emergency preparedness and to encourage all Americans to better prepare their homes and communities for emergencies.
Protecting America’s homeland and citizens is the shared responsibility of the entire Nation. Individuals can prepare themselves and their families for emergencies by taking simple steps such as organizing an emergency supply kit, making a personal preparedness plan, becoming informed about different threats, and getting involved in preparing their community. These activities create a culture of preparedness and can help save lives.
My Administration continues to improve our Nation’s ability to prepare for emergencies. The Department of Homeland Security is working with other Federal, State, and local government organizations, as well as the private sector, to prevent, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies. Together, Americans can significantly enhance the level of national preparedness to further safeguard our communities and secure our homeland.
This month is also an opportunity to pay tribute to America’s first responders who put themselves at risk for the safety of their fellow citizens. These brave police officers, firefighters, and emergency service personnel exemplify the compassion and commitment that help strengthen our country. We will be forever grateful for their service and sacrifice.
During National Preparedness Month, I encourage all Americans to get involved in their community’s preparedness efforts. Citizens may visit ready.gov and citizencorps.gov to learn more about emergency preparedness and ways to take action.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 2007 as National Preparedness Month. I call upon the people of the United States to recognize the importance of preparing for potential emergencies and to observe this month by participating in appropriate events, activities, and preparedness programs.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-second.
GEORGE W. BUSH
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Thanks for the new thread!
Taliban: We Have Found This Way to Be Successful
Thu, Aug 30, 2007 at 5:15:42 pm PST
Taliban vows more abductions as hostages freed
Updated Thu. Aug. 30 2007 6:59 PM ET
CTV.ca News Staff
ARTICLE SNIPPET: The seven remaining South Korean hostages taken captive last July by the Taliban have been released, and insurgents have vowed they will abduct more foreigners.
We will do the same thing with the other allies in Afghanistan, because we found this way to be successful, Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi told The Associated Press by phone on Thursday.
Twenty-three 23 South Koreans, all volunteers from a church group, were kidnapped by Taliban militants on July 19. Two of the male captives were later executed by gunfire.
Last Updated: Sunday, 2 September 2007, 05:14 GMT 06:14 UK
“Danish police clash with youths”
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “Danish Police have clashed with hundreds of rioting youths in the capital, Copenhagen.
Protesters threw stones and set cars ablaze. About 25 people were detained as police used tear gas to disperse the rioters in the Noerrebro district.
The unrest came as youths demonstrated to mark the six-month anniversary of the closure of a local youth centre.
Squatters running the centre were evicted from the building by an anti-terror squad on 1 March.
About 650 people were arrested in clashes between protesters and police before Ungdomshuset, or Youth House, was demolished on 5 March.”
Thanks to a special freepmailer for pointing to these links:
“Chinese commandoes arrive in Moscow for drill”
“Chinese commandoes in Moscow for anti-terror drill”
Updated: 2007-09-02 09:53
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “MOSCOW — A brigade of China’s armed police arrived here on Saturday for an anti-terrorism drill jointly held by China and Russia.”
FDA.GOV: “Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts”
JIHAD WATCH.org (LA TIMES.com): "CALIFORNIA MUSLIM PLEADS GUILTY TO POLOT TO SELL UZIS TO IRAN" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "A West Hills man has pleaded guilty to an audacious plan to buy as many as 100,000 Uzis in the United States and sell them to officials in Iran's government. Under a plea agreement reached this week, Seyed Mostafa Maghloubi, 49, acknowledged that he tried to obtain submachine guns and night vision goggles and ship them to Iran, in violation of U.S. laws prohibiting such transactions.") (August 31, 2007)
Note: The following text is a quote:
August 21, 2007
58 gang members arrested in ICE-led multi-agency operation
CHICAGO - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents here, in close partnership with local law enforcement officers, arrested 58 Mexican nationals with ties to violent street gangs in the northern and northwest suburbs this week in the largest local dragnet targeting foreign-born street gang members.
These are the latest arrests under an ongoing national ICE initiative called “Operation Community Shield,” in which ICE partners with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to address the public safety threat posed by transnational street gangs. Such law enforcement partnerships are essential to the success of the initiative and help ensure officer safety during the operations.
The multi-agency operation targeted foreign national gang members and gang associates in the northern and northwest suburbs, including the communities of Waukegan, Mundelein, and Round Lake. All those arrested this week are Mexican men who were targeted for their affiliations with violent street gangs such as the Latin Kings, Sureño-13s, and the Latin Lovers, among others. Of the 58 arrested, 37 are illegal aliens and 21 are U.S. permanent residents whose previous criminal convictions render them eligible for deportation.
Nationally, ICE agents have arrested more than 5,000 members from more than 500 different gangs under Operation Community Shield. Locally, ICE agents in Chicago have made more than 275 arrests since the Operation Community Shield was established in February 2005.
“Street gangs pose a growing public safety threat to communities throughout this area,” said Elissa A. Brown, special agent in charge for the ICE Office of Investigations in Chicago. “We will not tolerate violent gang activity in our cities, and will use all of our law enforcement tools to thwart criminal efforts of gangs such as the Latin Kings. Operation Community Shield shows how ICE works with our law enforcement partners to dismantle these criminal organizations and help protect our communities.”
The U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force, Lake County Sheriff’s Department, and the Waukegan and Mundelein Police Departments assisted ICE in the enforcement effort, which began Sunday night and concluded Wednesday.
Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran added: “I commend ICE’s efforts in working with local law enforcement to rid our streets of one of our biggest public safety threats - that being street gangs.”
One of the men arrested by ICE agents earlier this week was Edgar Rodriguez-Tovar, a 23-year-old Sureño-13 member. Arrested Aug. 26 in Round Lake, Rodriguez-Tovar is an illegal alien from Mexico. He has prior criminal convictions for aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated battery. He remains in ICE custody pending deportation to Mexico.
ICE agents also arrested Mario Vargas-Hernandez Aug. 26 at his Waukegan residence. Vargas-Hernandez, 34, is a member of the Latin Kings with gang tattoos confirming his membership. Vargas-Hernandez, an illegal alien, has a burglary conviction and numerous arrests for unlawfully using a weapon, possessing a firearm, battery and aggravated assault. He remains in ICE custody pending removal to Mexico.
Some of the crimes associated with the gang members arrested during this local operation include: aggravated battery, possessing a controlled substance, armed violence, possessing a firearm, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, drunken driving, mob action and burglary.
Six of those arrested had active warrants for their arrest and will be turned over to local authorities to face criminal charges. After those charges are resolved, they will be transferred back to ICE for deportation. Three of those arrested are being presented to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for federal prosecution for re-entering the United States after having already been deported, which is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. ICE will process the remainder of those arrested for deportation.
— ICE —
Note: The following text is a quote:
August 31, 2007
Sioux Falls man extradited to Bosnia and Herzegovina to serve murder sentence
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A local resident who entered the United States as a refugee in 2000 was extradited to Bosnia and Herzegovina Sunday to serve a prison term for murder. This extradition resulted from the combined efforts of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Dakota, and local and federal law enforcement agencies.
Samir Avdic, 40, a citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina, was turned over to Bosnian Police at JFK airport in New York on Aug. 26. He originally entered the United States as a refugee after claiming he had suffered persecution at the hands of Bosnian Serb officials, who he said forced him to sign a false confession.
In fact, Avdic was convicted of murder in 1998 in the District Court of Bijeljina, Republic of Srpska, within Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was sentenced to six years in prison. According to court documents, in August 1995 Avdic and another man plotted to kill a third man because they believed he was hiding salt from them. Avdic shot the man in the back with a shotgun, and he and the co-conspirator threw the body off a cliff into a ravine. When he was arrested, Avdic admitted to the crime and “precisely and logically” described it in detail to authorities. Avdic was represented by an attorney throughout court proceedings.
“ICE will not allow aliens who commit crimes in other countries to use the United States as a sanctuary,” said Ken Baird, resident agent in charge ICE Office of Investigations in Sioux Falls. “ICE routinely works with our law enforcement partners locally, nationally and internationally to identify fugitive aliens who pose a threat to public safety.”
“Communities win when we take violent criminals off the streets,” said U.S. Attorney Marty J. Jackley, District of South Dakota. “Our office was pleased to help the many local, federal and international law enforcement officers who worked so hard to ensure justice was served.”
The international police agency INTERPOL first contacted the ICE office in Sioux Falls in 2005, and explained that an arrest warrant had been issued for Avdic in Bosnia and Herzegovina in November 2000, following his murder conviction. ICE special agents, working with the Sioux Falls Police Department, determined Avdic lived in the area. INTERPOL coordinated issuing the formal extradition request through diplomatic channels. The request was relayed from the foreign government to the U.S. Department of State, then through the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs, and ultimately to the local U.S. Attorney’s office.
When the U.S Attorney’s office in Sioux Falls received the formal extradition request in March 2007, ICE agents learned that Avdic had been arrested by Sioux Falls police officers and was being held in Minnehaha County Jail on charges of aggravated assault and reckless driving.
ICE worked with the U.S. Attorney’s office to obtain a federal arrest warrant. Avdic was then transferred to U.S. Marshals Service custody March 22, and was charged by criminal complaint with being a fugitive from a foreign country. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Clapper, District of South Dakota, prosecuted the case.
On June 28, a U.S. district court judge in Sioux Falls certified to the Secretary of State that Avdic could be extradited.
— ICE -
“Flashpoint Afghanistan: Musa Qala”
By David Tate
(September 1, 2007)
“Afghanistan: The jihad within a jihad”
By David Tate
(September 1, 2007)
“Seoul said to have ransomed hostages”
REUTERS NEWS AGENCY
September 2, 2007
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “Kim Man-bok, the head of South Korea’s lead spy agency, denied at the airport ceremony that the government had paid a ransom, but the senior Taliban leader disagreed.
“We got more than $20 million from [the Seoul government],” the commander said on the condition of anonymity. “With it, we will purchase arms, get our communication network renewed and buy vehicles for carrying out more suicide attacks.””
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “However, Qari Mohammed Yousuf, a Taliban spokesman, later said no ransom was paid, explaining it would discredit the group. There was no explanation for the discrepancy.”
“Paratroopers Take Fight to Taliban During Operation Destined Strike”
By Sgt. Brandon Aird, USA
Special to American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Sept. 1, 2007
“Italy Urges Diplomacy Over Iran Nuclear Issue”
Reuters by way of Javno (Croatia) ^ | 01SEP07 | Reuters
Posted on 09/02/2007 1:47:39 AM PDT by familyop
“Mexico’s Tallest Building Evacuated for Third Time (Update1)”
By Valerie Rota and Patrick Harrington
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “Aug. 31 (Bloomberg) — Mexico’s Torre Mayor, the country’s tallest building, was partially evacuated today after an anonymous bomb threat, a police spokesman said.
Dozens of police searched the Mexico City building after authorities received a call warning of a bomb in the parking garage, police spokesman Ricardo Olayo said in a telephone interview. Building officials said occupants had evacuated voluntarily.
The partial evacuation indicated heightened concern after authorities found a bomb in a parked car in the building yesterday and ordered an evacuation. There was a another threat, which turned up nothing, on Aug. 29.”
“Terror Calls Mexico”
By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Friday, August 31, 2007 4:20 PM PT
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “War On Terror: Mexico may think its differences with the U.S. and status as a nonaligned country somehow shield it from the global war on terror....”
ARTICLE Nearly 11,000 people were evacuated Thursday from Torre Mayor, Mexico City’s tallest, ritziest tower, after a terrorist called in a car bomb. The device, which Mexican investigators called “artesanal,” was easily dismantled. But the unprecedented evacuation echoed the disruptions Manhattan has seen as an al-Qaida target since 1993.
An obscure group called EPR claimed credit the next day, but it doesn’t seem to be linked with global terrorist networks.There’s reason to worry, however, that it will be.
EPR’s strategy resembles al-Qaida’s in that the target wasn’t some quaint adobe, but rather Mexico’s starkest symbol of global capitalism, its equivalent of New York’s World Trade Center.”
By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Friday, February 16, 2007 4:20 PM PT
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “World War III: Al-Qaida’s new threat against oil facilities has opened a new front in the war on terror. Mexico and Canada recognize the enemy, but Venezuela doesn’t. It could be a disaster.
The Saudi al-Qaida organization announced its next campaign to target America’s oil suppliers in the Western Hemisphere.
With a warning on the Sawt-al-Jihad Web site, al-Qaida vowed to attack three of the top four oil suppliers to the U.S. Mexico, Canada and Venezuela on the logic that the economic disruption would drive the U.S. from Iraq.
It’s a credible threat, not only because the Saudi wing of the global terror organization is obsessed with economic warfare, but also because it launched similar attacks in 2004 that disrupted oil and petrochemical production and drove up prices globally. It knows it can do this.
Of the top four U.S. oil suppliers, No. 2 Saudi Arabia now has high security at its installations, which may explain why the local al-Qaida group is looking for easier targets. No. 3 Mexico and No. 1 Canada say they’ll beef up security. They’re still vulnerable, but they won’t make it easy.”
Yes, it’s been feeling like September 10, 2001 for awhile now.
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