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AF/PAK – SWEEP

 

PAKISTAN

 

1.) Unknown assailants destroyed a bridge by detonating explosives on the National Highway between Sui and Jaffarabad on Wednesday.  According to the local administration, unidentified attackers planted explosive materials under the bridge which was subsequently destroyed in an explosion.  The bridge was badly damaged as a result and traffic had been suspended. - Dawn



 

2.) The outlawed Tehrik Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for bomb explosions in Karachi and Lahore on Tuesday and said the blasts were aimed at killing security personnel because they serve the US interests.  “The security forces will face attacks as they protected US interests in Pakistan. The state of lawlessness is so bad that President Asif Ali Zardari has obtained the services of US-based notorious security agency Blackwater,” TTP spokesman Azam Tariq said while talking to by phone from an undisclosed location on Wednesday. - Dawn

 

3.) A purported al-Qaida leader in Pakistan says the terror network is losing land and fighters amid a U.S. drone strike campaign.  SITE says he spoke of challenges facing al-Qaida in an audio lecture to jihadi forums earlier in January, urging followers to keep faith in God during crises. - SITE



 
 

AFGHANISTAN

 

1.) Taleban report:  Five police officers and Wali Khan, a commander, have been killed in an explosion in Zabol Province.  A Ranger vehicle of the border police forces was destroyed by a landmine, while it was on its way to its post in the Kala Rashid area of this district at 1600 [local time] today. As a result, the enemy suffered the above losses.  A commander of the border police, was also killed in a similar mine explosion in the same area before lunchtime today. - Voice of Jihad website



 

2.) Taleban report:  Two military vehicles of the American forces have been destroyed in separate explosions, killing or wounding 16 foreign soldiers on board in the Sher Ali area of Maywand District of Kandahar Province.  The two Ranger vehicles were destroyed by landmines, while the military convoy of the American forces was travelling towards their base in this area at 1200 [local time] today.  Both enemy vehicles were totally destroyed by remote-controlled explosions, the wreckage of which remained at the scene until evening. - Voice of Jihad website

 

3.) Taleban report: An armed attack has been carried out by the mojahedin of the Islamic Emirate on a supply convoy of foreign soldiers in the Sangilan area of Delaram District of Nimroz Province.  Two Surf vehicles belonging to the security guards of the convoy were damaged and the goods inside them burnt out as a result of an ambush carried out in the Sangilan area of this district at 1600 [local time] today.  In addition to the enemy suffering heavy casualties and material losses, three bodyguards were killed and five others seriously wounded in the attack. It is said that one mojahedin fighter was martyred and another wounded in the fighting, which lasted about an hour. - Voice of Jihad website



 

4.) Taleban report: Heavy fighting took place between the mojahedin of the Islamic Emirate and the French mercenary army soldiers in the Nawrozkhel area of Tagab District of Kapisa Province at 1100 [local time] today. The report says the fighting continued until 1700 [local time].  According to the eyewitnesses, three French soldiers were killed and two others seriously wounded in the six-hour fighting. Similarly, the soldiers of the mercenary army also suffered heavy casualties. - Voice of Jihad website

 

5.) Taleban report: Heavy fighting has taken place between the mojahedin of the Islamic Emirate and the joint enemy forces in Khoja Ghar District of Takhar Province.  The enemy carried out an offensive in the Zard Kamar and Chaqur areas at 1200 [local time] today. However, they faced stiff resistance by the mojahedin of the Islamic Emirate.  The enemy suffered heavy casualties during the fighting which lasted about four hours.  One mojahedin fighter was martyred, while the rest of the mojahedin tactically retreated towards the Dasht-e Archi area. - Voice of Jihad website



 

6.) Taleban report: Five foreign soldiers have been killed and five others seriously wounded in separate explosions in Greshk District of Helmand Province.  A mine explosion was carried out on the American soldiers, who were walking near Haji Mamur shops in the Char Kocha area of Malgir in this district at 1100 [local time] today. Three foreign soldiers were killed and three others wounded in the explosion.  Two foreign soldiers were killed and two others seriously wounded in a powerful explosion in the Charbagh area of Kofki in this district at 1600 [local time] yesterday.  One of their officers was among those killed. - Voice of Jihad website

 

7.) Afghan and coalition forces detained a Haqqani Network facilitator who operated in Sabari and Khost districts of Khost province along with one suspected insurgent during a security operation in the province yesterday.  The Haqqani Network facilitator provided guidance and directed attacks against Afghan National Army and coalition forces in Sabari, Bak, and Terayzai districts. He was associated with other Haqqani Network leaders in the area. Recent reporting indicates he received an update from a Haqqani network leader of a planned attack targeting coalition forces.  Security forces followed leads to a targeted location in Khost district, where Afghan forces called for all occupants to exit out of the buildings peacefully before conducting a search. The security team detained the Haqqani Network facilitator and a suspected insurgent based on initial questioning at the scene.  The security force recovered multiple AK-47s, pistols, chest racks and ammunition at the scene. - ISAF



 

8.) Afghan and coalition forces detained two Haqqani Network leaders along with one suspected insurgent during a joint security operation in Nangarhar province yesterday.  Both Haqqani Network leaders operated in Chaparhar district where they planned, organized and facilitated attacks on Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan officials in Jalalabad City and coalition forces in the area.  The first leader was also responsible for conducting attacks against Afghan checkpoints and infrastructure developments in the district using improvised explosive devices and small-arms attacks, according to recent reporting. He also was involved in the Forward Operating Base Fenty attack in November 2010.  Recent reporting indicates, the second Haqqani Network leader attempted to purchase stinger missiles for a future attack on Jalalabad Airfield.  The security force followed intelligence tips to the targeted compound in Chaparhar district. Afghan forces called for all occupants to exit the compound before detaining the two Haqqani Network leaders along with one suspected insurgent. - ISAF

 

9.) Afghan and coalition forces detained a Taliban leader along with one suspected insurgent during a security operation in Gelan district, Ghazni province yesterday.  The Taliban leader was a cross-district and cross-provincial weapons facilitator involved in small and heavy arms weapons trade and distribution. He operated out of Shah Joy district, Zabul province and Gelan district, Ghazni province. Recent reporting indicates he had multiple heavy machine guns for an upcoming attack against Afghan and coalition forces.  Security forces followed multiple leads to the targeted location, where Afghan and coalition forces conducted a search after securing the compound.  The Taliban leader along with one suspected insurgent were detained after initial questioning at the scene. - ISAF



 

10.) Afghan and coalition forces detained a Taliban facilitator during a security operation in Wardak province yesterday.  The Taliban leader operated in Sayyidabad district where he had direct contact with other Taliban leaders in the province. Recent reporting indicates he received ammunition from a Taliban insurgent and conducted surveillance on coalition forces for upcoming attacks.  Security forces followed leads to a targeted location in the district, where Afghan forces called for all occupants to exit out of the buildings peacefully before conducting a search. The Taliban leader self identified himself to the security force and was detained. - ISAF

 

11.) The International Security Assistance Force confirmed a Taliban leader was detained and Nurullah Bai, a high-ranking Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader, was killed during Afghan and coalition operations in Ghazni and Takhar provinces Jan. 21 and 25 respectively. - ISAF



 

12.) Afghan and coalition forces killed Tofan, a Haqqani Network leader, and one suspected insurgent with a precision air strike in Sabari district, Khost province yesterday.  Tofan was a Haqqani leader operating in Sabari district where the strike took place. He facilitated the movement of improvised explosive devices from Pakistan to insurgent groups operating in the area. The insurgent leader recently assumed a leadership position and was responsible for planning recent IED attacks against Afghan and coalition forces operating in the district.  Following intelligence tips, Tofan and one suspected insurgent were identified in a remote area. The precision air strike was conducted after ensuring no civilians were present.  A follow-on security force confirmed Tofan and another suspected insurgent were killed in the strike. An AK-47, ammunition along with multiple pistols, grenades and chest racks were recovered by the security force. - ISAF

 

13.) Security forces have reported that a seven-member Taleban group along with weapons has joined the peace process in northern Baghlan Province.  Baghlan police chief Gen Abdorrahman Rahimi said that the militants handed over a RPG-rocker launcher and three Kalashnikovs to the government as well.  According to him, simultaneously with the joining of these militants the peace process, a new operation entitled "New Operation Baghlan" is under way in various parts of the province such as Dahan-e Ghori District and the operation has made visible progress. - National Afghanistan TV



 

14.) Many factories have resumed operation in the Shurandam Industrial Park in southern Kandahar Province. Investors said that now their factories had been provided with electricity as a result of efforts by the Kandahar governor and other provincial officials and hundreds of factories resumed operation.  They also urged the relevant officials to build roads leading to the industrial park and a water reservoir there. - National Afghanistan TV

 
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PAKISTAN

 

1.)


 

Bridge blown up in Jaffarabad

http://www.dawn.com/2011/01/26/bridge-blown-up-in-jaffarabad.html

1.26.11


 

DERA MURAD JAMALI: Unknown assailants destroyed a bridge by detonating explosives on the National Highway between Sui and Jaffarabad on Wednesday.

 

According to the local administration, unidentified attackers planted explosive materials under the bridge which was subsequently destroyed in an explosion.



 

The bridge was badly damaged as a result and traffic had been suspended.

 

Police were investigating the incident.



 

2.)


 

TTP says it carried out Chehlum bomb blasts

http://www.dawn.com/2011/01/27/ttp-says-it-carried-out-chehlum-bomb-blasts.html

(7 hours ago) Today

 

MIRAMSHAH, Jan 26: The outlawed Tehrik Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for bomb explosions in Karachi and Lahore on Tuesday and said the blasts were aimed at killing security personnel because they serve the US interests.



 

“The security forces will face attacks as they protected US interests in Pakistan. The state of lawlessness is so bad that President Asif Ali Zardari has obtained the services of US-based notorious security agency Blackwater,” TTP spokesman Azam Tariq said while talking to by phone from an undisclosed location on Wednesday.

 

3.)


 

Al-Qaida leader admits facing pressure from drones

AP – 15 mins ago

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110127/ap_on_re_as/as_pakistan_al_qaida

 

ISLAMABAD – A purported al-Qaida leader in Pakistan says the terror network is losing land and fighters amid a U.S. drone strike campaign.



 

Ustadh Ahmad Farooq's comments were reported late Wednesday by SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks militant propaganda.

 

The rare admission of weakness comes as the U.S. has escalated the missile strikes against militants in Pakistan's tribal belt. President Barack Obama said this week al-Qaida faces more pressure in Pakistan than any point since the Sept. 11 attacks.



 

SITE describes Farooq as al-Qaida's Pakistan media chief. It says he spoke of challenges facing al-Qaida in an audio lecture to jihadi forums earlier in January, urging followers to keep faith in God during crises.

 

The recording's authenticity could not be independently verified.



 
 

AFGHANISTAN

 

1.)



 

Taleban report attack on police forces in Afghan south

 

Text of report entitled: "Explosion kills commander and five police officers in Shamalzai" by Afghan Taleban Voice of Jihad website on 26 January



 

[Taleban spokesman] Qari Yusof Ahmadi: According to a report, five police officers and Wali Khan, a commander, have been killed in an explosion in Zabol Province.

 

According to the details, a Ranger vehicle of the border police forces was destroyed by a landmine, while it was on its way to its post in the Kala Rashid area of this district at 1600 [local time] today. As a result, the enemy suffered the above losses.



 

It is worth mentioning that Mirajan, a commander of the border police, was also killed in a similar mine explosion in the same area before lunchtime today.

 

Source: Voice of Jihad website



 

2.)


 

Taleban report attack on US forces in Maywand in Afghan south

 

Text of report entitled: "Sixteen American soldiers killed or wounded in heavy explosions in Maywand" by Afghan Taleban Voice of Jihad website on 26 January



 

[Taleban spokesman] Qari Yusof Ahmadi: Two military vehicles of the American forces have been destroyed in separate explosions, killing or wounding 16 foreign soldiers on board in the Sher Ali area of Maywand District of Kandahar Province.

 

According to the details, the two Ranger vehicles were destroyed by landmines, while the military convoy of the American forces was travelling towards their base in this area at 1200 [local time] today.



 

Both enemy vehicles were totally destroyed by remote-controlled explosions, the wreckage of which remained at the scene until evening.

 

Source: Voice of Jihad website



 

3.)


 

Taleban report attack on foreign forces' supply convoy in Afghan south

 

Text of report entitled: "Two vehicles of convoy destroyed in Delaram" by Afghan Taleban Voice of Jihad website on 26 January



 

[Taleban spokesman] Qari Yusof Ahmadi: An armed attack has been carried out by the mojahedin of the Islamic Emirate on a supply convoy of foreign soldiers in the Sangilan area of Delaram District of Nimroz Province.

 

Two Surf vehicles belonging to the security guards of the convoy were damaged and the goods inside them burnt out as a result of an ambush carried out in the Sangilan area of this district at 1600 [local time] today.



 

According to the details, in addition to the enemy suffering heavy casualties and material losses, three bodyguards were killed and five others seriously wounded in the attack. It is said that one mojahedin fighter was martyred and another wounded in the fighting, which lasted about an hour.

 

Source: Voice of Jihad website



 

4.)


 

Taleban report attack on French forces in Afghan east

 

Text of report entitled: "Five French soldiers killed or wounded in six-hour fighting in Tagab" by Afghan Taleban Voice of Jihad website on 26 January



 

[Taleban spokesman] Zabihollah Mojahed: Heavy fighting took place between the mojahedin of the Islamic Emirate and the French mercenary army soldiers in the Nawrozkhel area of Tagab District of Kapisa Province at 1100 [local time] today. The report says the fighting continued until 1700 [local time].

 

According to the eyewitnesses, three French soldiers were killed and two others seriously wounded in the six-hour fighting. Similarly, the soldiers of the mercenary army also suffered heavy casualties.



 

Source: Voice of Jihad website

 

5.)


 

Taleban report fighting with foreign, government forces in Afghan north

 

Text of report entitled: "Heavy fighting has taken place in Khoja Ghar in Takhar" by Afghan Taleban Voice of Jihad website on 26 January



 

[Taleban spokesman] Zabihollah Mojahed: Heavy fighting has taken place between the mojahedin of the Islamic Emirate and the joint enemy forces in Khoja Ghar District of Takhar Province.

 

According to a local report, the enemy carried out an offensive in the Zard Kamar and Chaqur areas at 1200 [local time] today. However, they faced stiff resistance by the mojahedin of the Islamic Emirate.



 

According to the news source, the enemy suffered heavy casualties during the fighting which lasted about four hours.

 

The report adds one mojahedin fighter was martyred, while the rest of the mojahedin tactically retreated towards the Dasht-e Archi area.



 

Source: Voice of Jihad website

 

6.)


 

Taleban report attack on US forces in Greshk in Afghan south

 

Text of report entitled: "Five American soldiers killed in explosion in Greshk" by Afghan Taleban Voice of Jihad website on 26 January



 

[Taleban spokesman] Qari Yusof Ahmadi: Five foreign soldiers have been killed and five others seriously wounded in separate explosions in Greshk District of Helmand Province.

 

According to a local report, a mine explosion was carried out on the American soldiers, who were walking near Haji Mamur shops in the Char Kocha area of Malgir in this district at 1100 [local time] today. Three foreign soldiers were killed and three others wounded in the explosion.



 

According to another report, two foreign soldiers were killed and two others seriously wounded in a powerful explosion in the Charbagh area of Kofki in this district at 1600 [local time] yesterday.

 

It is said that one of their officers was among those killed.



 

Source: Voice of Jihad website

 

7.)


 

Afghan, Coalition Forces Detain Haqqani Network Facilitator in Khost

http://www.isaf.nato.int/article/isaf-releases/afghan-coalition-forces-detain-haqqani-network-facilitator-in-khost.html

 

KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 27, 2011) — Afghan and coalition forces detained a Haqqani Network facilitator who operated in Sabari and Khost districts of Khost province along with one suspected insurgent during a security operation in the province yesterday.



 

The Haqqani Network facilitator provided guidance and directed attacks against Afghan National Army and coalition forces in Sabari, Bak, and Terayzai districts. He was associated with other Haqqani Network leaders in the area. Recent reporting indicates he received an update from a Haqqani network leader of a planned attack targeting coalition forces.

 

Security forces followed leads to a targeted location in Khost district, where Afghan forces called for all occupants to exit out of the buildings peacefully before conducting a search. The security team detained the Haqqani Network facilitator and a suspected insurgent based on initial questioning at the scene.



 

The security force recovered multiple AK-47s, pistols, chest racks and ammunition at the scene. - ISAF

 

 

8.)



 

Security Forces Detain 2 Haqqani Network Leaders in Nangarhar

http://www.isaf.nato.int/article/isaf-releases/security-forces-detain-2-haqqani-network-leaders-in-nangarhar.html

 

KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 27, 2011) – Afghan and coalition forces detained two Haqqani Network leaders along with one suspected insurgent during a joint security operation in Nangarhar province yesterday.



 

Both Haqqani Network leaders operated in Chaparhar district where they planned, organized and facilitated attacks on Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan officials in Jalalabad City and coalition forces in the area.

 

The first leader was also responsible for conducting attacks against Afghan checkpoints and infrastructure developments in the district using improvised explosive devices and small-arms attacks, according to recent reporting. He also was involved in the Forward Operating Base Fenty attack in November 2010.



 

Recent reporting indicates, the second Haqqani Network leader attempted to purchase stinger missiles for a future attack on Jalalabad Airfield.

 

The security force followed intelligence tips to the targeted compound in Chaparhar district. Afghan forces called for all occupants to exit the compound peacefully before the joint security force cleared and secured the building. After the area was secure, the security force conducted initial questioning at the scene before detaining the two Haqqani Network leaders along with one suspected insurgent.



 

9.)


 

Afghan, Coalition Forces Detain Weapons Facilitator in Ghazni

http://www.isaf.nato.int/article/isaf-releases/afghan-coalition-forces-detain-weapons-facilitator-in-ghazni.html

 

KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 27, 2011) — Afghan and coalition forces detained a Taliban leader along with one suspected insurgent during a security operation in Gelan district, Ghazni province yesterday.



 

The Taliban leader was a cross-district and cross-provincial weapons facilitator involved in small and heavy arms weapons trade and distribution. He operated out of Shah Joy district, Zabul province and Gelan district, Ghazni province. Recent reporting indicates he had multiple heavy machine guns for an upcoming attack against Afghan and coalition forces.

 

Security forces followed multiple leads to the targeted location, where Afghan and coalition forces conducted a search after securing the compound.



 

The Taliban leader along with one suspected insurgent were detained after initial questioning at the scene.

 

10.)


 

Afghan, Coalition Forces Detain Taliban Facilitator

http://www.isaf.nato.int/article/isaf-releases/afghan-coalition-forces-detain-taliban-facilitator.html

 

KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 27, 2011) – Afghan and coalition forces detained a Taliban facilitator during a security operation in Wardak province yesterday.



 

The Taliban leader operated in Sayyidabad district where he had direct contact with other Taliban leaders in the province. Recent reporting indicates he received ammunition from a Taliban insurgent and conducted surveillance on coalition forces for upcoming attacks.

 

Security forces followed leads to a targeted location in the district, where Afghan forces called for all occupants to exit out of the buildings peacefully before conducting a search. The Taliban leader self identified himself to the security force and was detained.



 

11.)


 

UPDATE: ISAF Confirms Status of Insurgent Leaders in Ghazni, Takhar

http://www.isaf.nato.int/article/isaf-releases/update-isaf-confirms-status-of-insurgent-leaders-in-ghazni-takhar.html

 

KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 27, 2011) — The International Security Assistance Force confirmed a Taliban leader was detained and Nurullah Bai, a high-ranking Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader, was killed during Afghan and coalition operations in Ghazni and Takhar provinces Jan. 21 and 25 respectively.



 

The now detained Taliban leader, in addition to being the Gelan district Taliban leader, led a group of insurgents who actively attack Afghan National Security and coalition forces with improvised explosive devices, direct/indirect fires and targets aircraft with heavy machine guns. He was in direct contact with Taliban leaders in the area.

 

Nurullah Bai was an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader specializing in IED attacks against Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan officials. He also coordinated the district Taliban leader’s movements, distributes funds, facilitates ammunition deliveries and was involved in a drug trafficking network between Badakhshan province and Tajikistan. He maintained close connections with the Taliban shadow governor for Takhar province, al-Qaida facilitators and other IMU insurgents in the area.



 

This is an update to IJC News Release #2011-01-S-249/296

 

12.)


 

Forces Conduct Precision Air Strike on Haqqani Network Leader

http://www.isaf.nato.int/article/isaf-releases/forces-conduct-precision-air-strike-on-haqqani-network-leader-2.html

 

KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 27, 2011) — Afghan and coalition forces killed Tofan, a Haqqani Network leader, and one suspected insurgent with a precision air strike in Sabari district, Khost province yesterday.



 

Tofan was a Haqqani leader operating in Sabari district where the strike took place. He facilitated the movement of improvised explosive devices from Pakistan to insurgent groups operating in the area. The insurgent leader recently assumed a leadership position and was responsible for planning recent IED attacks against Afghan and coalition forces operating in the district.

 

Following intelligence tips, Tofan and one suspected insurgent were identified in a remote area. The precision air strike was conducted after ensuring no civilians were present.



 

A follow-on security force confirmed Tofan and another suspected insurgent were killed in the strike. An AK-47, ammunition along with multiple pistols, grenades and chest racks were recovered by the security force.

 

13.)


 

Militants join government in Afghan north

 

Text of report by state-owned National Afghanistan TV on 26 January



 

[Presenter] Security forces have reported that a seven-member Taleban group along with weapons has joined the peace process in northern Baghlan Province. Zabihollah Raiszada is reporting from Baghlan Province.

 

[Correspondent] The seven-member group led by commander Shahaboddin renounced violence and joined the peace process as a result of activities by the police.



 

Baghlan police chief Gen Abdorrahman Rahimi said that the militants handed over a RPG-rocker launcher and three Kalashnikovs to the government as well.

 

According to him, simultaneously with the joining of these militants the peace process, a new operation entitled "New Operation Baghlan" is under way in various parts of the province such as Dahan-e Ghori District and the operation has made visible progress.



 

Rahimi also said that the Baghlan police with the cooperation of the Pamir Police Zone 303rd and other security bodies were making efforts to clear all parts of Dahan-e Ghori District from the militants and prepare the ground for development projects there.

 

[Video shows the Baghlan police chief, the reintegrated militants, areas of the province]



 

Source: National Afghanistan TV

 

14.)


 

Dozes of factories resume operation in Afghan south

 

Text of report by state-owned National Afghanistan TV on 26 January



 

[Presenter] Many factories have resumed operation in the Shurandam Industrial Park in southern Kandahar Province. Investors said that now their factories had been provided with electricity as a result of efforts by the Kandahar governor and other provincial officials and hundreds of factories resumed operation. Ezatollah Ezat is reporting from Kandahar Province.

 

[Correspondent] The owners of the factories thanked the Kandahar governor for taking such a step towards beefing up economy. They said that earlier they had to close down their factories due to shortage of electricity but now this problem has been solved. Now, these factories are operational, providing many people with jobs.



 

They also urged the relevant officials to build roads leading to the industrial park and a water reservoir there.

 

The investors complained that some individuals had usurped lands belonging to the park and launched arbitrary construction there, calling on the government to put an end to such steps.



 

The head of the factories of Kandahar industrial park, Asadollah, said they would soon solve problems facing investors in this province.

 

He also voiced pleasure over the resumption of work at these factories and said that the factories were working based on standard norms and using original raw materials.



 

It is worth pointing out that currently there are 122 factories in the Kandahar industrial park but only 50 of them are operational.

 

These factories are producing plastic shopping bags, soaps, gas cylinders, ammonium dishes, foodstuffs and fodder, marble stones and some other stuff.



 

Once the park is provided with electricity on a permanent basis, all the factories will resume operation in this park.

 

[Video shows men at work, an official talking to correspondent, areas of the province]



 

Source: National Afghanistan TV



 


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Zac Colvin


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