September 30th, 2011
05:33 PM ET

Worshippers at al-Awlaki's old mosque 'not glad' he's dead, but 'it's helpful'

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Falls Church, Virginia (CNN)– Worshippers hurried by a host of cameras and reporters on their way to Friday prayers at the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center. Many of those who stopped to ask about the gaggle of media found out for the first time American Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who once stood in their pulpit, had been killed Friday by a CIA drone strike in Yemen.

“I think he should have gotten a proper burial as a Muslim, but as a human being I don’t think he was right for his mentality and his morality,” said Jouwad Syed, who recently started attending the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center.

“In a way, we’re not glad that he’s dead. At the same token, it’s helpful. We’re trying to clear our name. There’s crazy people everywhere you go in different religions. He’s just one of the few and he definitely doesn’t represent what Islam is all about,” Syed said.

Al-Awlaki was the imam at Al-Hijarh from January 2001 until 2002, when he left the United States for London before eventually resettling in Yemen. While he was in the States he preached to and interacted with three of the September 11, 2001, hijackers, according to the 9/11 Commission report, but he publicly condemned the attack afterward.

“While employed at Dar Al-Hijrah, he was known for his interfaith outreach, civic engagement, and tolerance in the Northern Virginia community,” Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, the current leader of the mosque said in a written statement. “However, after Mr. Al-Awlaki’s departure in 2002, he was arrested by Yemeni authorities and allegedly tortured. It was then that Al-Awlaki began preaching violence.”

His ability to speak English and communicate the positions of al-Queda drew al-Awlaki the nickname “the bin Laden of the Internet.”

“Al-Awlaki will no longer spread his hate speech over the Internet to Muslim youth provoking them to engage in violence against Americans. We reiterate that as an American faith community we do not accept violence nor extremism and recommit ourselves to our message living our faith in peace, tolerance, and the promotion of the public good,” Abdul-Malik continued.

Read more about al-Awlaki on CNN's Security Clearance blog

“Some one that’s not in line with Islam; you gotta break away from them,” said Monsoor Rashid, who works for the Army National Guard as a civilian contractor and was on his way into the mosque for noonday prayers.

“Actions of some folks who go to this mosque don’t represent what the mosque is all about. I live in the area, born and raised in America. We don’t obviously feel the same way he did or any of the other terrorists,” Rashid said.

While the mosque has condemned the actions and statements of al-Awlaki, who helped recruit a Nigerian man who tried to blow up a plane in Detroit in 2009 using an underwear bomb, they also expressed their displeasure with manner of his killing.

“We must also add that in previous statements we have rejected the use of extrajudicial assassination of any human being and especially an American citizen which includes Al-Awlaki. We reiterate our commitment to 'due process under law' and justice and are concerned that the alleged drone attack sends the wrong message to law abiding people around the world,” Abdul-Malik’s statement read.

“I would have preferred that he had suffered life in prison. If he’s dead, he’s dead. He didn’t really get to suffer,” Syed said.

Arsalan Iftikhar, the managing editor of the Crescent Post and author of Islamic Pacifism said, “There might be people who might not have fully agreed with the methodology used but I think there are very few people in the Muslim community who are going to lose any sleep at all over the death of Anwar al-Awlaki. If anything he was a stain on the community, both here domestically and globally.”

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 9/11 • Belief • Islam

soundoff (610 Responses)
  1. Rainer Braendlein

    “While employed at Dar Al-Hijrah, he was known for his interfaith outreach, civic engagement, and tolerance in the Northern Virginia community,” Unquote.

    Judas Mohammed al-Alwaki!

    October 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  2. iBod

    Look, the most important opinion is not ours, but the one of his followers; and as this report shows...They are glad he's dead.

    So for all who still question the justice, know this: He was a terrorist; the government recognized him as one; Americans recognized him as one; especially, Muslim Americans recognized him as one. That in there should sum up a majority as content to this man's departure to Hell.

    October 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • Dan

      Yes they say they're glad....when the camera's on.

      October 1, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • Cedar rapids

      "Dan – Yes they say they're glad....when the camera's on."

      Any other time you would be moaning about why 'moderate' muslims are not condemning terrorits, and when they do you accuse them of lying.

      October 1, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
    • tallulah13

      So Dan, do tell us what you've witnessed about these people when the camera is off. How much time have you spent with them to gain this knowledge? Do these people know that you are spying on their private lives?

      Or are you just speaking from ignorance because you are personally biased against muslims?

      October 1, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  3. kls817

    I think it's disturbing that the mosque attendant said "I think he should have gotten a proper burial as a Muslim". Apparently the mosque attendant believes that this terrorist was model muslim. I would feel more comfortable with muslims if he had instead said "He does not deserve a muslim burial because his violent acts don't represent the peaceful religion of Islam".
    The fact that he didn't say that indicates that muslims cannot be trusted.

    October 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • tallulah13

      The person was respecting the religion not the man. I suspect there would never be an instance where you would personally trust a muslim. Try looking at individuals, not religions, if you want to know people's true natures.

      October 1, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  4. Rainer Braendlein

    While he was in the States he preached to and interacted with three of the September 11, 2001, hijackers, according to the 9/11 Commission report, but he publicly condemned the attack afterward. Unquote.

    Yes, model Muslims are liars, like their false prophet Mehmet or Ahmed.

    October 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
  5. Duke Nukem

    Athiests need to take the world nack from the religiously insane. F muslims, f christains, f jews, f them all. Theyre going to kill the earth

    October 1, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      You are worse than Mahomet.

      October 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • Duke Nukem

      @ Rainer

      Preaching the lies of a false god is worse than Cain. Go back to the dark ages where u belong u human centipede. Go suck off mehemets balls.

      October 1, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • kls817

      yes, people like you who are obsessed with hatred should be in charge. You could be the next Stalin or Mao.

      October 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Hey kls, you were preaching your own brand of hatred a few posts ago.

      October 1, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  6. Rainer Braendlein

    "Al-Awlaki was the imam at Al-Hijarh from January 2001 until 2002, when he left the United States for London before eventually resettling in Yemen." Unquote.

    Shut down that mosque immediately! It is a temple of aggressive war. They adore the God of aggressive war, which is Satan.

    October 1, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  7. Sunny 62

    FYI:....If you don't believe there is one God and the divinity of Christ, you have no hope.....I would hate to be one of those who do not believe, I have been brought back from death's door and I have seen the face of Christ and many other miracles, I once was a "what iffer"....no more, God opened my eyes and I have peace, joy and wonderful contentment that no matter what.....I will be ok.....That comes only from believing in the one true God!!! not all religions lead to "GOD"!....I am sorry to say......If you have not experienced His presence in your life.....You don't know of what we talk about....and I am sorry you haven't, but God made each of us with a free will to choose and believe what ever we want.....That is your right (in this country)....I hope you don't celebrate Christmas, because it is a Christian Holliday, based on the belief in Jesus Christ.....So don't celebrate our Holliday if you don't believe in Jesus Christ....It is ours....Celebrate another day and call it what ever you want, but if you don't believe in Him, you do not deserve to celebrate "Christmas Day"!!!!

    October 1, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
    • dan

      wow, as a christian I strongly condemn this post, it is disgusting and an insult to all who practice Jesus' teachings of loving your neighbor and turning the other cheek. spew your vitriol elsewhere you hypocrite

      October 1, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      @ Sunny 62 et al,,,,,

      Sorry to break a dozen or so eggs in your wholesome basket 62er but the "kingdoms of the Gods" lay upon the inside plains of cosmological relativities. Few to hardly anyone knows of such revealings regarding fractal and celestial and cellular cosmologies. Many people are at a loss to fathom the depths of inner/inward space but do declaringly uphold outward/outer space as being the higher natures.

      Be at peace though and may the first manifested God from GOD who did thru time become our world's Christ Jesus be found out to be the redeemer of all lost souls,

      October 1, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      @ Sunny 62,,, et al,,,,

      In addition,,,,,

      Where were we when the universes were being created and set floating upon the vast Oceanic realms of Nothingness?

      Where were we when the Firmaments of the Celestial Universes were born out of the Seas of Nothingness?

      Where were we when atomic nebulations began to be cloistered together to form the planets and such as this Earth who was once known as Gaia?

      Where were we when the stars were set aflame and divided the Celestial Heaven into innumerable Universes of too many to count?

      Where were you and others when Life did form and began to be created and ever recreated by the Sons of GOD who gave to HIS Sons the atomic Cosmos to be their playground?

      I ask these questionable things because no generation has ever held the conscripts let alone constructs of mediativeness in challenging what the Lord and savior said, the kingdoms of the Gods are inside you. Gods mind you and not GOD for GOD is the materialness of all celestialness and GOD bears little to not much weightiness' accords toward Gaia's buildings and temples for which we are.

      1Cr 3:9 “For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building.”
      1Cr 3:16 "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"

      Luk 17:21 "Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is inside/within you."

      Which of these three scripture verses completes you 62?

      October 1, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • JohnR

      "Christmas" is in fact an ancient pagan holiday, which is why many Christians sects don't celebrate it. The Jehovah's Witnesses don't. The Puritans didn't. It was illegal in Scotland till fairly recently. Virtually all cultures have celebrations at or near the solstices. (I've long suspected that the popularity of the 4th of July is due in part to the fact that it is the holiday closest to the summer solstice. It's certainly a strikingly bigger deal than the other "Monday holidays" of summer, Memorial Day and Labor Day.)

      October 1, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • tallulah13

      You opinion is duly noted, Sunny.

      October 1, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  8. thats2bad

    Dude just came out and called him a STAIN

    October 1, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  9. Rainer Braendlein

    Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center (from the above article)

    The name of the mosque is very interesting. Hijrah is one of the most important events of ancient Islam. It was Muhammad's journey from Mecca to Medina. Muhammad was largely rejected in his hometown Mecca, where he had started to preach the Islam in 613. First 622, when he went to Medina, he found more supporters or adherents for his new religion and became more successful.

    Thus the year 622 is the zero hour or year in Islamic calendar and means the first year of the Muslim conquests. From 622 on the false prophet started his triumphal march over the whole world.

    Of course, Muhammad used not only the word to spread the Islam, but also the sword (Muhammad was a religious warlord). Thus, the year 622 and the Hijrah mean the beginning of Jihad (Islamic Holy War!).

    October 1, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  10. palintwit

    At this very moment, teabaggers all over the country are wandering around their trailer parks like the moronic little zombies that they are. They are waiting, of course, for Sarah Palin to weigh in on this and to give them some direction.

    October 1, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
    • Dan

      Nice try, but most trailer park residents are Democrats. They're poor and the poor vote Democrat.

      October 1, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
    • tallulah13

      I'd like to see the statistics on either of these statements. It really would be interesting to hear some facts instead of name calling.

      October 1, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  11. we're not stupid

    Come on this Mosque has given birth to Many terrorist. It's time to shut it down.

    October 1, 2011 at 11:54 am |
    • Chuck

      It's also time to bring down the church and religious leaders that convinced Bush that we should invade Iraq to trigger Armageddon.

      October 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  12. Sal

    Muslim terrorists after they are killed should be thrown into a pigs pen and let the pigs feed on them⁄ 

    October 1, 2011 at 11:52 am |
    • sean

      Islam is spreading through out America in whites, black and spanish. Don't be jealous

      October 1, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
  13. Sal

    Terrorists do not deserve a proper burial! 

    October 1, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  14. Sal

    The reason muslims in general can't be trusted is because their allegiance is to that religion of theirs and not to this country and our beliefs! 

    October 1, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • Tom

      We can't trust Congress either, their allegiance is with Israel backed by AIPAC and extreme right Christians that worship them and want to destroy America to bring the 2nd coming with there fantasy religion.

      October 1, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
    • sean

      are you a male first or American ? oh I got the answer. you are not man enough and you an American. who knows you might be a Gay. it's a free country.

      October 1, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
    • sean

      I am a Muslim First then an American.

      October 1, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
    • Cedar rapids

      oh please there are plenty of Jews and Christians that would claim the samne.
      Heck why do you think so many politicians keep going on about 'getting back to god' and pushing bills based on their beliefs.

      October 1, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
    • ali

      And Christians aren't? You scare me almost as much as radical terrorists.

      October 1, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • Red

      Sitting in those pews all my life, I have never heard anything coming out of a priest mouth that led me to believe we should be warring or hating another religion. Jesus's nature was not agressive at all. Church and State must be seperate because a person of my religion can not make a decision to protect people by going to war.

      October 1, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  15. Rainer Braendlein

    Muhammad's ill mistake

    Let us be mindful of the fact that there was a time, when Islam didn't exist. Muhammad was born in 570 a. D. (after Christ) and died in 632 a. D.. He started to preach the Islam in Arabia around 613 a. D., when he was 43 years old.

    Up to 613 a. D. the Western World, including Near East, knew only two important religions: Judaism and Christianity. Paganisms had been largely overcome by Christianity. Actually the Western World was dominated by Christianity. But don't get it wrong. The Christian Church didn't exercise worldly power up to this time, but simply Christianity had become the most acknowledged religion and was protected by the Emperors of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium). There were two realms: The state and the church. The state didn't rule the church and the church didn't rule the state, but there were two seperated realms. The state or emperor cared for order, security and progress of society and the church was concerned about the health of the souls of the people. Just two different tasks. It is only that at this time the state and the church were friends. The emperors of the Eastern Roman Empire protected the Christian Church, but accepted her autonomy. There was no state church.

    A state church first developed in the course of time with increasing papacy. This peaked in the worldly rule of the popes from 1076 a. D. on.

    When you read the Koran it strikes that Muhammad constantly repeats it that at all times, beginning with Noah (he was a Muslim in Muhammad's eyes), the people apostatized from the real faith (Islam) and the messengers (prophets) of Allah.

    From 602 to 610 the Eastern Roman Empire was ruled by a criminal tyrant, called Phocas, which was no Christian at all (he was an ancient Hitler). Phocas didn't follow the tradition of his predecessors, which loved Christianity.

    Arabia never belonged to the Eastern Roman Empire. Nevertheless there were in touch with the Romans and surely designated them as Christians. In former Arabic eyes a Roman was a Christian and a Christian was a Roman. However, it is possible that under Phocas rule the Roman army committed crimes in Near East and Muhammad heard of that. Thus, Muhammad got a bad impression of Christianity. This fited together with his (false) understanding of the Bible.

    Which mistake made Muhammad?

    Indeed, the Bible reports of constant apostasy of people from the true faith (first Judaism, later Christianity). However, the reason for apostasy was not that Judaism or Christianity were wrong in itself, but the disbelief of the people. Now Muhammad implied that the alleged wrong doctrine of Judaism and Christianity had led to the apostasy of the people. Muhammad assumed that Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus had had the genuine faith (Islam), but their pupils or the ordinary believers had turned apostate from the genuine faith (Islam) and had become Jews and Christians.

    Muhammad was under a serious delusion: He thought Christianity had corrupted the people and he had to bring back them to the genuine faith of Islam. Muhammad made a giant mistake! It was not Christianity, which corrupted the people, but their disbelief.

    Look at Munich: In Munich live a lot of Muslims and a lot of alleged Christans. Now the Muslims see the alleged Christians attending the Oktoberfest (Wiesn) and drinking too much beer and misbehave (se-xually). I myself don't attend the Wiesn, because it is indeed the feast of the drunkards. I cannot be a Christian and a drunkard at the same time. The people, attending the Wiesn, are, of course, no real Christians, but merely nominal Christians. They are baptized, but don't obey Jesus Christ. They have become secular or profane. This has nothing to do with the Christian doctrine, which is true, but it is a matter of the disbelief of the people. The disbelief leads to the bad behaviour of the people.

    Dear Muslims, please learn to distinguish between secular people and real Christians. Don't repeat the deadly mistake of your alleged prophet.

    October 1, 2011 at 11:45 am |
    • sean

      here we go again we are gonna learn about Islam and Mohammad from a unknown non-muslim. There are non-muslims scholars and I am talking about scholar not anyone from the street who know little bit about computer and copy/paste. Non-Muslim Scholar have ranked Mohammad, #1 personality of all time human history.

      October 1, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
    • religionisevil

      here we go indeed.. So what are you preaching, preacher?!! WHO wrote ALL this crap?!! Another human being?!! Given andother 1000 years, humanity will be reading about all that crap that we are writing right now... So STOP blaming or applauding religions BUT start acting like a Human being...

      October 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • Duke Nukem

      Who gives a crap. We live in 2011. Quite hanging on to ideals from the dark ages.

      October 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • Sunny 62

      Sean:...frst of all, do you speak English?...This is America, use English.....2nd of all have you heard of "Theologians" those who study thealogy of many religions....you don't have to be a Muslim to know something about their beliefs....they believe their birthright came from Abraham's first born illegitimate son, Ishmael....Christian's believe the birthright came through Isaac, Abraham's son by his wife......the two religions have many of the same beliefs, but differ greatly in that Jesus is the son of God and the birthright of Islam.....

      October 1, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • religionisevil

      @sunny62 ".frst of all, do you speak English?...This is America, use English" – Before you start criticizing someone, get your facts straight.
      1. To speak or write in English is irrelevant unless you are too stupid to understand what the other person is trying to say/write.
      2. Once the news is ON THE INTERNET, it is NOT in the USA but it is everywhere in the WORLD. How stupid can you be to think that this form is only in America when in fact it is on the INTERNET. This is the WHOLE purpose of INTERNET so people from all over the world can comment on topics like this.
      My advise to you, get your facts straight before you criticze anyone else..

      October 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  16. Rainer Braendlein

    Statement from the above article:

    "There’s crazy people everywhere you go in different religions. He’s just one of the few and he definitely doesn’t represent what Islam is all about."


    This statement makes me nervous, a little, because it is a heavy lie. From the true Muslim stance al-Awlaki was yet a model Muslim or a good Muslim. He did exactly, what Muhammad or the Koran required him to do: He fighted against the Western infidels (Muhammad made the mistake to see Christianity as a doctrine, which had corrupted the genuine faith of Abraham, Islam. Thus, from Muhammad's stance the Eastern Roman Christians (equal to today Westerners) were infidels).

    Holy war belongs to the core tenets of Islam. There are many suras, which require Muslims to fight against Jewish and Christian countries. It seems the Koran is a giant book of revenge of the Arabs (today Muslims) against the Romans (today Westerners). Seemingly Muhammad had made some bad experiences with alleged Christians (Romans). Strangely Muhammad connected the misconduct of the Romans, which he had met, with their Christian faith (that was ill of Muhammad, of course). Muhammad had the idea that Christianity had corrupted the Romans. Muhammad's idea was an total nonsense.

    Dear Muslims, learn to distinguish. It is not Christianity, which corrupts us Westerners, but our disbelief. Christianity is the real faith and will improve the life of every true believer. Jesus said it is necessary to believe and to get baptized. Baptism alone is nothing and faith alone is nothing. First the combination of faith and baptism is powerful. Many Europeans are baptized, but don't obey Jesus Christ. They are just nominal Christians, that means they have become secular or profane.

    Dear Muslims don't blame Christians for the deeds of profane people. That is really ill. Muhammad was ill. Don't repeat Muhammad's ill mistake.

    October 1, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • Mark

      Mohamed used to walk through his village daily and jewish man used to spit on him and call him pig everyday. Then one day the jewish man fell ill and mohamed came to visit him. the jewish man asked him why have you come to visit me when I treated you so badly and mohamed replied you are my friend and I will take care of you and your family and God forgives you and it's my duty to take care of the sick and less fortunate. How dare mohamed show compassion when christians are the true faith according to you. In other words learn the facts and stop spitting lies and hate, you are not a christian, you worship the devil

      October 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
  17. Red

    The Catholic religion has made changes to their church laws through the years based on changes in society. There is no reason why Muslims can't change their obvious error in their religion and ban Jihad and the idea of "infidels". Until they make these changes in their religion, the acts of their fanatics (extremist) will reflect on all of them. When people complained about the pedafiles amoung Catholic Priest, although it was very few priest involved, it reflected on the whole church and was quite embarrassing. Muslims are no different, if they have a problem they need to fix it.

    October 1, 2011 at 11:32 am |
    • religionisevil

      "The Catholic religion has made changes to their church laws through the years based on changes in society." and THAT hasn't stopped the Catholic Priests from ABUSING CHILDREN, has it?!! unless we live in a different world 😉

      October 1, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • ali

      Doesn't changing your religion to suit the tastes of people around you kind of go against the whole idea of faith?

      October 1, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
    • Red

      ali, Changes that the Catholic church made did not change my faith in God. My faith was with God, not the religion. I can have no religion and still believe in God. To say that one religion is better than the next because one says prayers on Friday and one says prayers on Saturday is ridiculous.

      October 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  18. Ernie

    All the people who followed this traitor now don't know how to tbink for themselves, that because this guy told them how to think, what to do with their lives, and spread hate to America. All the while this POS is a U.S. citizen. He chose to leave the United States because he couldn't do what he wanted to do because he knew that he would be either stopped or put in jail. So what does he do he goes to the Talliban nation that welcomes him with open arms. He spreads his hate about America and what should be done to America. When you have followers like that their lives become so ingrained that, that all they think about is this POS. He prayes to "Allalh" who is really a paper hanger POS who doesn't exits. "Allah onlly exist in a book.
    Once this POS gave up living in the United States and starting sperading his hate he became an enemy of the United States. He becomes a "Criminal" and according to the United States he's open game. His problem he didn't get out of the neighborhood in time and the United States got him. This POS thought that he was going to live forever, well that came to a sudden halt. Now he's joing his buddy UBL in a river of honey and a thousand virgins. Once anyone becomes a "Criminal" aganist the United States don't expect to be welcome with open arms. The "Terrorists" now know that the United States now can get them. If they retaliate they know now that the United States will strike back with force that they have never seen before. UBL number two guy is nexted and he knows it he already got out of the neighborhood he's not thinking there's no where he can hide now. This time the United States is playing for keeps, the United States is not playing around anymore.

    October 1, 2011 at 11:18 am |
    • tallulah13

      Ernie, some people actually think for themselves. It's really sad to see that you are so fearful of people who are different than you. Yes, some muslims are terrorists. Not all of them. Some priests are pedophiles. Not all of them. So christians have used their religions as an excuse to harm others. Not all of them.

      Look at the individual, not the religion, and you will see that most people are interested in the same things: home and family.

      October 1, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  19. Mark in omaha

    Rest in hell

    October 1, 2011 at 11:14 am |
  20. Jim

    You do realize we give people a proper burial after executing them dont you?

    October 1, 2011 at 11:10 am |
    • mkkk

      proper people get proper burials. s c u mbags can rot where they drop.

      October 1, 2011 at 11:17 am |
    • captain america

      Why don't you go over there, gather up what is left and bury him at your own expense.

      October 1, 2011 at 11:26 am |
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