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Sgt. Held in Attack Feared Persecution
AP | 3/23/03

Posted on 03/23/2003 10:14:52 PM PST by kattracks

Sgt. Held in Attack Feared Persecution

.c The Associated Press

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - A sergeant accused of killing a fellow serviceman by throwing grenades into tents at a military command center in Kuwait told his mother he feared persecution because he is a Muslim and reportedly had recently been reprimanded for insubordination.

Sgt. Asan Akbar of the 101st Airborne Division's 326th Engineer Battalion was in custody, said George Heath, a civilian spokesman at Fort Campbell. Heath said Akbar had not been charged with a crime but was the only person being questioned in the attack that also wounded 15 other soldiers Sunday, three seriously.

Jim Lacey, a correspondent for Time magazine, told CNN that military criminal investigators said Akbar was recently reprimanded for insubordination and was told he would not join his unit's push into Iraq.

Heath also said Akbar had been having ``an attitude problem.''

The motive in the attack ``most likely was resentment,'' said Max Blumenfeld, another U.S. Army spokesman.

The Army identified the dead soldier as Capt. Christopher Scott Seifert, 27, of Easton, Pa. Heath said Seifert was married. A spokesman for Seifert's mother and father - Thomas and Helen Seifert, also of Easton - said the family would not immediately speak with reporters.

``We do want to honor Chris. We have suffered a loss in our family. We are grieving right now,'' said spokesman Mark Drill.

A woman who said she is Akbar's mother, Quran Bilal, told The Tennessean of Nashville that she was concerned her son might have been accused because he is a Muslim, adding he was not allowed to participate in the first Gulf War because of his religion.

``He said, `Mama, when I get over there I have the feeling they are going to arrest me just because of the name that I have carried,''' Bilal told the newspaper for a story published on its Web site Sunday night.

She said in a telephone interview from her Baton Rouge, La., home that the military had not contacted her and expressed disbelief in the accusations against her son, who she said spells his first name Hasan.

``He wouldn't try to take nobody's life,'' she said. ``He's not like that. He said the only thing he was going out there to do was blow up the bridges.''

A message left by The Associated Press at a listing for Bilal was not immediately returned Sunday.

The attack happened in the command center of the 101st Division's 1st Brigade at Camp Pennsylvania at 1:30 a.m. Sunday (5:30 p.m. EST Saturday).

One grenade went off in the command tent, Blumenfeld said. The tent, the tactical operations center, runs 24 hours a day and would always be staffed by officers and senior enlisted personnel.

Names of the wounded were not released. However, a newspaper photo of the 1st Brigade's commander, Col. Frederick Hodges, showed him with blood on his uniform and his arm in a sling.

Akbar was born Mark Fidel Kools. His mother said she changed his name to Hasan Akbar after she remarried when he was a young boy. Public records found by The Associated Press showed listings for Hasan Akbar under the name Kools as well.

The FBI combed Akbar's apartment complex in Clarksville, Tenn., early Sunday, looking for clues, The Leaf-Chronicle newspaper in Clarksville reported.

One address for Mark Fidel Kools in Los Angeles is the Bilal Islamic Center, a collection of small buildings and mobile homes around a mosque that's under construction. Two members said they did not know Kools under his family name or his Muslim name, Hasan Akbar.

``We have a whole lot of Hasans and Akbars here,'' said Mohammed Akbar Lee, who identified himself as a security guard at the center.

Mark Fidel Kools came to the University of California, Davis, in 1988, school spokeswoman Lisa Lapin said. He was a double major in aeronautical and mechanical engineering, and graduated with a bachelor's degree as Hasan Karim Akbar nine years later, apparently because ``he stopped and started several times'' with his classes, Lapin said.

Heath said Akbar should eventually come back to Fort Campbell, though military officials could decide to convene a court martial board in Kuwait. He said he was not sure what kind of penalty Akbar could face if convicted, including the death penalty.

``I don't think that the military has executed but one person, maybe two, and they may have two in jail with the death penalty, and appeals ongoing,'' Heath said.

Dennis Olgin, 56, a former Army prosecutor who now practices criminal and military law in Louisville, said it's possible Akbar could be charged with intentional murder, one count of attempted murder for everyone that was sleeping in the tent and aggravated assault.

Olgin said the soldier could be charged with treason, but said the murder charge would be easier to prove.

``Life would be the minimum for the murder charge,'' Olgin said. ``Since it was in combat, it's possible that he could get the death penalty. That would be up to a jury and it would have to be unanimous.''

The three soldiers with the most significant injuries from the attack were in serious but stable condition Sunday, Heath said.

Heath said the attack obviously weighed heavily on soldiers' minds.

``When somebody's firing at you, you know who the enemy is. When they're standing in the same ... chow line, or using the same shower with you, it's hard to recognize. It's had a detrimental effect, probably, on the morale.''

It also frightened loved ones back home.

``I was very scared because I didn't know where my wife was,'' said Robert Ward, whose wife, Lorna, is a specialist in the 101st Airborne Division. ``All I could think of and worry about was I prayed that it wasn't my wife. I just couldn't believe that it was one of ours that actually did it.''

The 101st Airborne is a rapid deployment group trained to go anywhere in the world within 36 hours. The roughly 22,000 members of the 101st received deployment orders Feb. 6. The last time the entire division was deployed was during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, which began after Iraq invaded neighboring Kuwait.

Most recently, the 101st hunted suspected Taliban and al-Qaida fighters in the mountains of Afghanistan.

Camp Pennsylvania is a rear base camp of the 101st, near the Iraqi border. Kuwait is the main launching point for the tens of thousands of ground forces - including parts of the 101st - who have entered Iraq.

On the Net:

www.campbell.army.mil


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
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1 posted on 03/23/2003 10:14:52 PM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks
Oh, so the guy who threw a couple of grenades into a tent is the victim.
2 posted on 03/23/2003 10:18:24 PM PST by glorgau
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To: glorgau
I know ....poor baby had it wuff out there. *sniffle*
3 posted on 03/23/2003 10:21:40 PM PST by KineticKitty (Government Philosophy = If it isn't broke, fix it till it is.)
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To: kattracks
Summary execution....
4 posted on 03/23/2003 10:22:00 PM PST by freebilly (I think they've misunderestimated us....)
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To: kattracks
They need to hold a Court Martial in the war zone and take appropriate action.
5 posted on 03/23/2003 10:22:14 PM PST by Arkinsaw
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To: glorgau
``He wouldn't try to take nobody's life,'' she said. ``He's not like that.

uh, he's like that now!

6 posted on 03/23/2003 10:24:13 PM PST by timestax
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To: kattracks
Islam is evil.
7 posted on 03/23/2003 10:24:32 PM PST by Rome2000
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To: Rome2000
this article is near pure bs
8 posted on 03/23/2003 10:25:18 PM PST by Steven W.
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To: kattracks
coward piece of excrement
9 posted on 03/23/2003 10:25:24 PM PST by Texas_Jarhead (write, fax, email, or call someone in govt and ask them to please stop the southern invasion)
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To: glorgau
Oh, yeah! He did not want to be persecuted, for he only wanted to persecute and kill some one else.
10 posted on 03/23/2003 10:27:36 PM PST by tessalu
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To: kattracks
He should be executed.

Nothing justifies his actions.

11 posted on 03/23/2003 10:27:48 PM PST by FreeCanuckistan
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To: kattracks

These clowns joined the wrong side.

12 posted on 03/23/2003 10:28:36 PM PST by martin_fierro (But it's "Jackson" if you're nasty.)
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To: kattracks
Sadly and ironically, the fatality at Camp Pennsylvania was a PA native. God bless him and his family.

The Baton Rouge connection with AKBAR is just among one curious coincidence with John MOHAMMED (D.C. sniper), former U.S. Army Engineer, alleged Desert Storm fragger, etc., who also had his BR connections. I'll do some digging down here and see if these two were in the same schools or had any other previous associations...

13 posted on 03/23/2003 10:29:11 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Headquarters Crest of the 1st ID.)
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To: martin_fierro
See my #13.
14 posted on 03/23/2003 10:29:49 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Headquarters Crest of the 1st ID.)
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To: kattracks
“feared persecution”

Apparently he’s not scared of being persecuted as a murderous snake in the grass traitor.
15 posted on 03/23/2003 10:30:19 PM PST by Red Dog #1
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To: kattracks
Sentence him to death by hand grenade?
16 posted on 03/23/2003 10:30:29 PM PST by CheneyChick (Lock & Load)
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To: Joe 6-pack
We're starting to think alike.

<< s h u d d e r >>

<|:)~
17 posted on 03/23/2003 10:30:57 PM PST by martin_fierro (But it's "Jackson" if you're nasty.)
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To: kattracks
Can we toss this guys to the iraqis...let him wear the us soldier uniform...maybe he will meet his maker in iraq - his fellow muslims who don't even think twice before they skin him alive, with his pants down!

this sgt is not an USsoldier, he is a traitor, execution is the only real sentence he deserves.
18 posted on 03/23/2003 10:31:53 PM PST by FRgal4u
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To: FreeCanuckistan
Try him first, courts martial. If found guilty, then execute him, but treat it as the fragging it may be, unless treason can be proven.
19 posted on 03/23/2003 10:33:59 PM PST by Smokin' Joe
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To: martin_fierro
"We're starting to think alike."

I knew you'd come around, sooner or later...#8-)

20 posted on 03/23/2003 10:34:06 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Headquarters Crest of the 1st ID.)
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To: kattracks
"He said the only thing he was going out there to do was blow up the bridges."

So he liked to blow things up......hmmmmm.....

If this man has felt this way for so long, why did he continue his service in the military?????

21 posted on 03/23/2003 10:35:28 PM PST by BossLady
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To: FRgal4u
I suppose he could be sent out with an M-16 sans firing pin...and no grenades.
22 posted on 03/23/2003 10:35:53 PM PST by Smokin' Joe
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To: Arkinsaw
Not sure what miliatry justice is, but he should be brought back to his home town station, and the people should stone him to death once his treason is proved!
23 posted on 03/23/2003 10:38:44 PM PST by countrydummy
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To: countrydummy
If this dude is Muslim, then why not do him the honor of applying Muslim law for his transgressions. Its got to be something along the lines of stoning or impaling at the very least.
24 posted on 03/23/2003 10:44:26 PM PST by nunoste
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To: KineticKitty
I have a feeling this guy comes from a line of anti-Americans. How did he get that middle name, Fidel?
25 posted on 03/23/2003 10:47:01 PM PST by JDGreen123
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To: nunoste
Sounds like a plan to me! I am most upset with this idiot! He planned to do further harm as far as I am concerned and did not think he would get caught so darn easily!

His fear of being persucuted is so pathetic! He should really be afraid of what is coming his way now! He should have weighed the virtues of right and wrong....for every action there is a reaction!

Oh, I had better shut up! lol
27 posted on 03/23/2003 10:51:17 PM PST by countrydummy
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To: martin_fierro
I suppose the lamestream presstitutes will start whining that they were "honor students".
28 posted on 03/23/2003 10:52:23 PM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: glorgau
Being a Muslim and a Leftist apparently allows incredible extremes of self-pity, an inability to see others as human and callous selfishness.
29 posted on 03/23/2003 10:58:23 PM PST by Post Toasties
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To: kattracks
His mother is using the last name Bilal and one of his addresses is the Bilal Islamic Center? Well, then...

and her 1st name is Quran, I must remember it's a religion of peace.
30 posted on 03/23/2003 10:59:34 PM PST by hmmmmm
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To: Joe 6-pack
Note that Sgt. Muhammad was never prosecuted, in spite of committing attempted murder. This guy was guilty of insubordination, and considered an "attitude" problem, yet was permitted to remain a sergeant. Am I all wet, or would a white guy who acted the same way be able to skate the same way these guys did?
31 posted on 03/23/2003 11:02:43 PM PST by mrustow
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To: kattracks
``He wouldn't try to take nobody's life,'' she said. ``He's not like that. He said the only thing he was going out there to do was blow up the bridges.''

More like he was going to burn up his bridges. On Fox News, I remember a reporter saying that at roll call/ inventory, "Hasan" was discovered missing of the grenades he was supposed to have. Probably just a coincidence, though, right!?

I remember Sheykh Kabbani complaining about how the Wahabbis/Saudis were recruiting in US prisons with their radical brand of islam....then we got John Muhammed and Lee Malvo, now this....anyone else doing the math here?

32 posted on 03/23/2003 11:04:43 PM PST by Frances_Marion
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To: kattracks
This is absolutely hilarious. So, this idiot feared he would be "arrested for being Muslim."

Please explain this to me, mother of this terrorist, as it makes no sense whatsoever. Unless he did something bad due to his Islamic faith, he would have nothing to fear.
33 posted on 03/23/2003 11:05:46 PM PST by rwfromkansas (Soli Deo Gloria)
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To: kattracks
This piece of crap should be shot....the first night they were reporting that he was from the 327th ENG, I freaked out thinking that was my sons unit, got out all my info on my sons and breathed a sigh of relief as I had not heard from my son as of yet. Now to find out he is from the 326th which is my sons unit I really want to do harm to this person my self.
34 posted on 03/23/2003 11:05:56 PM PST by boxerblues (God bless the 101st and keep them safe)
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To: Joe 6-pack
keep us updated.
35 posted on 03/23/2003 11:06:45 PM PST by rwfromkansas (Soli Deo Gloria)
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To: kattracks
"mamma, I fear they are going to arrest me...." He knew he was going to commit an act of violence against his fellow soldiers! Premeditation!!!
36 posted on 03/23/2003 11:07:00 PM PST by Jumper
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To: kattracks
Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Muslims....
37 posted on 03/23/2003 11:08:15 PM PST by Theresawithanh (A conservative from the PRC (People's Republic of California))
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To: mrustow
A white guy would have been smoked...


38 posted on 03/23/2003 11:08:40 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (8th MP Brigade Crest)
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To: Route66; Peach; Bella; Pete; areafiftyone; brigette; harpseal; Merovingian; Miss Marple; ...
Sniper ping list...grab your beer or hanky..
39 posted on 03/23/2003 11:10:23 PM PST by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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To: kattracks; Lion's Cub
Hmmm. The Bilal Islamic Center, is that familiar to you, Lion's Cub?

Media Relations Section
Office of the Chief of Police
150 North Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-485-3586
213-847-1760 Fax




LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT
PRESS RELEASE
Friday, April 21, 2000


"Victim Found Dead in Parking Lot"

Los Angeles - On Friday, April 21, 2000, at approximately 7:30 am, a 56 year-old man, who's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, was found dead from a gunshot wound in the parking lot to the rear of 4016 S. Central Ave. Residents in the area observed the body and notified the police.

A single gunshot was heard in the area at approximately 3:00 am, nothing else was seen or heard that was out of the ordinary.

The victim had been sleeping in a vehicle in the parking lot for the past several weeks, providing security for local business.

No motive or suspect (s) information is available at this time.

The Homicide investigation is being conducted by Newton Area Detectives.


For Release 10:00 am PST
April 24, 2000



40 posted on 03/23/2003 11:12:12 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: martin_fierro
Isn't the DC sniper suspected in a "friendly fire" incident from the first Gulf War?
41 posted on 03/23/2003 11:14:17 PM PST by weegee (McCarthy was right, Fight The Red Menace)
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To: Frances_Marion
I think they said he was missing 4 grenades.
42 posted on 03/23/2003 11:14:45 PM PST by Frances_Marion
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To: Joe 6-pack; Lion's Cub
Remember the Portland Cell/Ujaama case up in the northwest? These folsk may or may not be related since the name may be common but the name "Bilal" struck a bell:

Court papers identified the six as Battle, Patrice Lumumba Ford, Ahmed Ibrahim Bilal, Muhammad Ibrahim Bilal, Habis Abdullah al Saoub and October Martinique Lewis, the ex-wife of Battle.

The Bilals here are brothers with American parents who live in Saudi Arabia. This group has connections to the Black Panthers, the Taliban, and Hamas. Battle was also Army as I recall.

43 posted on 03/23/2003 11:24:46 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
A woman who said she is Akbar's mother, Quran Bilal, told The Tennessean of Nashville that she was concerned her son might have been accused because he is a Muslim, adding he was not allowed to participate in the first Gulf War because of his religion.

P.S. I think the mother is a liar. And since, based even on the little info in this article, it sounds like mother and son have the same mentality (he's innocent as a newborn babe), I wouldn't trust her to give me the correct time of day.

I also heard a story on TV about the suspect's brother quitting the army after 911, based on religious reasons. Have you heard that story?

There is also some question, as to whether this guy was leading a double life in the army: appatrently his comrades knew him as Cools, not Akbar. One story I read during the past 24 hours, referred to his "conversion," a la John Muhammad. I suspect that writer may have been seeking to square the story, according to which Akbar was known by a Moslem and by a non-Moslem name.

Have you ever heard of American G.I.'s being refused participation in Gulf War I, based on their religion?

44 posted on 03/23/2003 11:35:16 PM PST by mrustow
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To: piasa
One of the reasons I believe these guys favor the same names, is to make it difficult for non-Muslims to ID them. You need a DNA/name pairing for each guy.
45 posted on 03/23/2003 11:37:28 PM PST by mrustow
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To: kattracks
she was concerned her son might have been accused because he is a Muslim, adding he was not allowed to participate in the first Gulf War because of his religion.

Sound like they were right the first time.

P.C. use to just cost us money, now it's costing lives. ENOUGH OF THIS GARBAGE!

If 911 was caused by a bunch of middle aged Catholic blondes it would be my duty as a citizen to undergo extra scrutiny. Instead they let Muslim looking young men walk through airport security while they are busy going through my 9 year olds backpack!!!!!!!!!

GRRRRRRR! We need public policy to mess with commmon sense.

46 posted on 03/23/2003 11:49:03 PM PST by lizma (fc)
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To: Joe 6-pack
I knew when the press failed to announce the name of this scumbag right away that he was probably muslim. It was the same way with the reporting of countless of other cases like the DC sniper and that "Venezuelan" who tried bring explosives aboard an airplane.
47 posted on 03/24/2003 12:06:42 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: kattracks
``He wouldn't try to take nobody's life,'' she said. ``He's not like that. He said the only thing he was going out there to do was blow up the bridges.''


Yeah, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, the George Washington Bridge,...
48 posted on 03/24/2003 12:12:36 AM PST by Clink
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To: kattracks
Not to hard to conclude that the excuses would by flying soon. Here's what I predicted on 3/23--I'm sure most of you predicted the same thing:

I knew this was going to happen. If you get down to it, he was probably being harrassed on a daily basis, ostracized, and not promoted because of his race and faith. (/sarcasm)

49 posted on 03/24/2003 12:40:46 AM PST by beaversmom (After the Axis of Evil on to the Axis of Weasels)
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To: kattracks
This is an excerpt from an e-mail a friend sent me:

But the big thing to be seen is how this is IDENTICAL IN EVERY RESPECT TO SEPTEMBER 11TH. Some of the 9/11 hijackers were spotted as threats by Logan airport security, but the people who spotted them knew that--because of corrupt liberalism--any use of common sense would GET THEM FIRED. Same with the military in the last few days--if anything, the fact that this guy was a Muslim made it impossible for his superiors to take effective action against him when he started acting "weird." That young man who died in the grenade attack died because of liberalism. The Left and Death--Perfect Together.

50 posted on 03/24/2003 12:49:53 AM PST by Dajjal
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