Myanmar’s Protesters Face Down the Military With Slingshots and Rocks

What began as peaceful demonstrations against the military coup has rapidly grown into a resistance movement in which citizens use improvised weapons to fight the junta.

#bb-and-airsoft-guns, #civilian-casualties, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #firearms, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

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The End of the United States’ Forever War

A new book about the Pech Valley in Afghanistan’s violent east offers poignant lessons as the Biden administration announces plans to withdraw all troops.

#afghanistan, #civilian-casualties, #ghani-ashraf, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #korengal-valley-afghanistan, #taliban

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Syrian Refugees in Rebel Controlled Idlib Are Stuck in Limbo

Millions of people displaced during Syria’s 10-year war are impoverished, insecure and crowded into an area of the country’s northwest controlled by a rebel group once linked to Al Qaeda.

#assad-bashar-al, #civilian-casualties, #humanitarian-aid, #idlib-syria, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria, #terrorism, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Biden Keeps Trump’s Policy Retaining Land Mines in U.S. Arsenal, for Now

On the campaign trail, Joseph R. Biden Jr. had pledged to reverse his predecessor’s land mine policy. A Pentagon spokesman said the matter was under review.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #civilian-casualties, #defense-department, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #leahy-patrick-j, #mines-explosive, #obama-barack, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Military That Murders Its Own People

Following a coup in Myanmar, security forces have cracked down brutally on civilians. We ask why soldiers have so readily turned against the population.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #civilian-casualties, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #politics-and-government

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A Wedding, an Airstrike, and Outrage at the French Military

The French Army says it killed terrorists in Mali, with no collateral damage. A new United Nations report says almost all of the dead were civilians.

#civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #france, #mali, #united-nations, #weddings-and-engagements

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Three Women Working to Vaccinate Children Shot Dead in Afghanistan

The health workers were part of the government’s polio vaccine campaign in Jalalabad, a city which has seen numerous attacks on women in recent months.

#civilian-casualties, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #jalalabad-afghanistan, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Insurgents Seize Mozambique Town, Killing Several People; Fate of Hundreds Unknown

The attack by hundreds of suspected Islamist insurgents trapped nearly 200 people, including foreign workers, in a hotel in Palma, Mozambique, site of a major gas project.

#africa, #civilian-casualties, #human-rights-watch, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mozambique, #terrorism, #total-sa

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Eritrea Agrees to Withdraw Troops from Tigray, Ethiopia Says

The announcement comes amid mounting international condemnation of atrocities in Tigray, and days after an American presidential envoy visited Ethiopia’s prime minister.

#afwerki-isaias, #ahmed-abiy, #amnesty-international, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #civilian-casualties, #doctors-without-borders, #eritrea, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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‘I Will Die Protecting My Country’: In Myanmar, a New Resistance Rises

As the nation’s military kills, assaults and terrorizes unarmed civilians each day, some protesters say there is no choice but to fight the army on its own terms.

#civilian-casualties, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #kachin-independence-army, #karen-ethnic-group, #karen-national-union, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #politics-and-government, #tatmadaw-myanmar

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137 People Killed in Niger in Series of Attacks on Villages Along Mali Border

Gunmen on motorcycles struck in coordinated raids on villages on Sunday in southwestern Niger, a country being ravaged by Islamist violence.

#al-qaeda, #bazoum-mohamed-1960, #civilian-casualties, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #niger, #politics-and-government, #sahel-africa, #terrorism

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Saudi Arabia Offers Cease-Fire in Yemen and Lifting of Blockade

The Saudis described the proposal as a plan to end a nearly six-year-old war. The kingdom faces growing pressure to break the stalemate as millions of Yemenis verge on famine.

#civilian-casualties, #famine, #houthis, #saudi-arabia, #united-nations, #world-food-program, #yemen

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Risking Death, Hazara Students Pursue Education at Bombed Academies

A group of young Afghans studying for college entrance exams must risk suicide attacks by the Islamic State and the looming threat of a Taliban return.

#afghanistan, #civilian-casualties, #hazaras-ethnic-group, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #taliban, #terrorism

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Myanmar Protesters Answer Military’s Bullets With an Economic Shutdown

From hospitals, railways and dockyards to schools, shops and trading houses, the country is at a standstill. Strikers hope their actions will force the army to return power after its coup on Feb. 1.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #civilian-casualties, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #labor-and-jobs, #martial-law, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #naypyidaw-myanmar, #strikes, #tatmadaw-myanmar

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How a Longstanding Rivalry Spiraled Into 5 Deaths Between 2 Families

In Afghanistan, a rise in targeted attacks that the governments seems unable to stop has also encouraged the settling of old scores through vendetta killings.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #corruption-institutional, #ghor-province-afghanistan, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #national-directorate-of-security-afghanistan, #taliban, #targeted-killings

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A Small Town and a Spray of Bullets in Myanmar

Police officers shot into a cluster of unarmed civilians in a tiny town on Thursday, killing at least eight people and injuring more than 20.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #myanmar, #national-league-for-democracy-myanmar, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #politics-and-government, #tatmadaw-myanmar, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Colombian Official Refuses to Say if Children Were Killed in Attack on Rebels

Youths were present, the defense minister said, calling them “machines of war,” but he would not give the ages of the dead. Reports that minors were killed outraged a war-weary public.

#botero-guillermo, #child-soldiers, #civilian-casualties, #colombia, #defense-and-military-forces, #duque-ivan, #revolutionary-armed-forces-of-colombia

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‘It’s Better to Walk Through a Minefield’: Victims of Myanmar’s Army Speak

The military’s brutal practices go beyond killing protesters. Its soldiers have systematically raped women and forced villagers to be their human shields.

#arakan-army-myanmar, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #myanmar, #politics-and-government, #tatmadaw-myanmar, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Myanmar Military Storms Universities and Hospitals, Revokes Press Licenses

The military said the public had requested that the generals take more control “for the benefit of the people.” At least three protesters were killed in further crackdowns.

#civilian-casualties, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #myanmar, #politics-and-government, #tatmadaw-myanmar, #united-nations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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In One Afghanistan District, an Unofficial Cease-Fire With the Taliban

An unofficial cease-fire brokered by local officials, farmers and Taliban forces is an example of how communities, driven by despair, have engineered their own ways to stop the fighting.

#afghan-national-army, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #local-government, #panjwai-afghanistan, #taliban, #terrorism

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Blasts Hit Military Barracks in Equatorial Guinea

Many people were feared injured when a succession of explosions rocked the Central African nation.

#bombs-and-explosives, #civilian-casualties, #equatorial-guinea, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Biden Secretly Limits Counterterrorism Drone Strikes Away From War Zones

Requiring higher-level approval is a stopgap measure as officials review whether to tighten Trump-era targeting rules and civilian safeguards.

#al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-intelligence-agency, #civilian-casualties, #drones-pilotless-planes, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #national-security-council, #obama-barack, #pakistan, #presidential-transition-us, #shabab, #somalia, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #targeted-killings, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #yemen

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U.S. Urges Ethiopia to End Hostilities in Tigray

For the second time in a week, the secretary of state pointed to reports of atrocities in the Ethiopian region.

#ahmed-abiy, #blinken-antony-j, #civilian-casualties, #ethiopia, #tigray-ethiopia, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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In Afghanistan, Three Women Working in Media Are Gunned Down

The women, the latest victims in a wave of targeted attacks, were killed on their way home from their jobs at Enikass Radio and TV in Jalalabad.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-independent-human-rights-commission, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #jalalabad-afghanistan, #maiwand-malalai-d-2020, #nangarhar-province-afghanistan, #taliban, #terrorism

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At Least 3 Killed as Myanmar Police Crack Down on Protests

The police opened fire on a crowd of hundreds in the southern city of Dawei, witnesses said.

#civilian-casualties, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #deaths-fatalities, #myanmar, #politics-and-government

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Turkish Forces in Syria Protect 5 Million People

Three years ago, Turkey’s intervention in Syria was widely criticized. But today Turkish forces are all that protect five million vulnerable people.

#afrin-syria, #akar-hulusi, #assad-bashar-al, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #free-syrian-army, #humanitarian-aid, #idlib-syria, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kurds, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #turkey, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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European Court Backs Germany in Case Over 2009 Killings of Afghan Civilians

The European Court of Human Rights ruled Germany sufficiently investigated the bombing in Afghanistan that killed up to 90 civilians.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #european-court-of-human-rights, #germany, #kunduz-afghanistan, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #strasbourg-france, #taliban

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Rocket Attack in Iraq Kills a U.S. Military Contractor

Some saw the barrage of rockets aimed at an airport in the northern city of Erbil as a test of the new administration in Washington.

#civilian-casualties, #erbil-iraq, #iran, #iraq, #kurds, #military-bases-and-installations, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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‘I Could Just Vanish’: In Kabul, Pocket Notes to Prevent Anonymous Death

As violence engulfs them, some Afghans carry notes with their names, blood types and relatives’ phone numbers in case they are killed or severely wounded.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kabul-afghanistan, #targeted-killings, #terrorism

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Afghan Leaders Sideline Spokesmen in an Escalating Misinformation War

The Ghani administration and the Taliban are fighting a public-relations battle, with the government taking more drastic measures to control the flow of information.

#afghanistan, #civilian-casualties, #ghani-ashraf, #miller-austin-scott-1961, #politics-and-government, #raziq-abdul, #terrorism, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Targeted Killings Are Terrorizing Afghans. And No One Is Claiming Them.

Most officials believe the Taliban are behind the attacks on civil leaders, but others fear that factions are using chaos as a cover to settle scores, in an echo of Afghanistan’s past civil war.

#afghanistan-independent-human-rights-commission, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #haqqani-network, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #national-directorate-of-security-afghanistan, #politics-and-government, #terrorism

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What to Know as Troubled Afghan Peace Talks Enter a New Phase

The Afghan government and the Taliban are set to continue negotiations toward a cease-fire in early January, but several fundamental issues stand in the way of progress.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #civilian-casualties, #doha-qatar, #milley-mark-a, #peace-process, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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‘Sticky Bombs’ Sow Terror and Chaos in a City on Edge

The Taliban’s recent shift to magnetic bombs to target Afghan officials in Kabul underscores the government’s struggle to protect its own people.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #improvised-explosive-devices, #kabul-afghanistan, #taliban, #terrorism

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From Shelled Ethiopian City, Doctors Tally Deaths and Plead for Help

Ethiopia’s prime minister promised a swift, surgical military campaign in the restive province of Tigray. But doctors in the regional capital reported civilian deaths, looting and a looming crisis.

#ahmed-abiy, #civilian-casualties, #ethiopia, #hospitals, #humanitarian-aid, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Afghan and Taliban Negotiators Agree on Peace Talks’ Procedures

Afghan government and Taliban officials said they had finalized the terms to guide future talks, opening the door to a new phase of negotiations toward a long-term peace.

#afghanistan, #civilian-casualties, #doha-qatar, #ghani-ashraf, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #taliban, #trump-donald-j

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Australia Condemns Lurid Tweet by Chinese Official as ‘Disgusting Slur’

The post, with a doctored photograph showing an Australian soldier with a knife to the throat of an Afghan child, sent relations between the two countries to a new low.

#afghanistan, #australia, #china, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #international-relations, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government, #zhao-lijian

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Australian Military Moves to Dismiss Soldiers After Killings in Afghanistan

A scathing report revealed that members of the special forces had waged a campaign to cover up unlawful killings of Afghan civilians.

#afghanistan, #australia, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #ethics-and-official-misconduct

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Ethiopia’s Leader Escalates Assault on Tigray Region, Putting Civilians at Risk

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said that a deadline for the region’s dissident leaders to surrender had lapsed. The conflict threatens to destabilize the entire Horn of Africa.

#ahmed-abiy, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #ethiopia, #sudan, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front

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Deadly Bombing Shatters an Afghan Haven From War

While international donors gather in Geneva to discuss a reduced aid package to Afghanistan, intense violence has Afghan officials pleading for continued assistance.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #bamiyan-afghanistan, #civilian-casualties, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corruption-institutional, #destruction-of-cultural-antiquities-and-heritage, #ghani-ashraf, #qatar, #saleh-amrullah, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations

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Where the Pomegranate Harvest Is Life, the Taliban Brought Ruin

An incursion that devastated a prized crop shows the loss and uncertainty that many Afghans endure.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #agriculture-and-farming, #arghandab-district-afghanistan, #civilian-casualties, #mines-explosive, #pomegranates, #taliban, #terrorism

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Rockets Strike Kabul as Mike Pompeo Plans to Meet with Taliban

The strikes on the Afghan capital, which killed at least five people, comes on the heels of an already bloody month for the city.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #doha-qatar, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kabul-afghanistan, #kabul-university, #politics-and-government

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Australian Troops Unlawfully Killed 39 Afghans, Report Finds

The findings of a long-awaited inquiry painted a scathing picture of the culture inside the Australian special forces.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #australia, #civilian-casualties, #deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces

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String of Attacks Have People in Kabul Pointing a Finger, at the Government

The assaults not only highlight a city under siege, they have exposed a growing, and very public, discontent with an Afghan government unable to protect its people.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-independent-human-rights-commission, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #doha-qatar, #ghani-ashraf, #saleh-amrullah, #terrorism

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An Afghan Mayor Expected to Die. Instead, She Lost Her Father.

Zarifa Ghafari, one of the few female mayors in Afghanistan, has been subjected to death threats and assassination attempts, and believes her father was gunned down because of her.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #ghani-ashraf, #kabul-university, #taliban, #targeted-killings, #terrorism

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Gunmen Storm Kabul University, Killing at Least 19

The siege dragged on for hours as Afghan forces and American commandos moved to root out the attackers, who had quickly spread across the campus.

#al-qaeda, #civilian-casualties, #haqqani-network, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kabul-afghanistan, #terrorism

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In Azerbaijan, a String of Explosions, Screams and Then Blood

Caught in an Armenian rocket attack, a New York Times reporting team captures the agony of an expanding, dirty war.

#armenia, #azerbaijan, #barda-azerbaijan, #civilian-casualties, #cluster-munitions, #human-rights-watch, #nagorno-karabakh, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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How an Afghan Political Crisis Derailed Payments to War Victims

Sometimes money is the only form of justice for those who lost loved ones in Afghanistan’s unending war.

#abdullah-abdullah, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #ghani-ashraf, #kunduz-afghanistan, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Russian Airstrikes Kill Dozens of Turkish-Backed Rebels in Syria

Analysts say the assault, which violated a seven-month truce, could be seen as a warning to Ankara.

#civilian-casualties, #deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #faylaq-al-sham, #idlib-syria, #international-relations, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russia, #syria, #turkey

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Deadly Explosion Hits Kabul Tutoring Center

At least 10 people were killed and 20 wounded in latest attack, which happened as peace talks are at an impasse and as violence rises across Afghanistan.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #kabul-afghanistan, #taliban, #terrorism

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How One of the Most Stable Nations in West Africa Descended Into Mayhem

Burkina Faso once looked like a success story for U.S. military aid. But now it’s contending with a growing insurgency, an unfolding humanitarian crisis — and a security force targeting civilians.

#africa, #al-qaeda, #burkina-faso, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #mali, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #terrorism, #united-states-africa-command, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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