Suicide Bombing Changes Nature of the Syrian Revolution

From Foreign Affairs

Two suicide bombs outside of government security locations in Damascus killed 40 civilians and soldiers and wounded 100 according to Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad — as reported by the government’s Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

The attacks have come after one of the most violent weeks since the beginning of the Syrian regime’s crackdown on uprisings nearly ten months ago, and was the first such assault seen in the capital of Damascus.

Iraqi political leaders canceled crisis talks scheduled for today and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki threatened to end power sharing in the government after Baghdad saw a series of violent blasts.

Al Jazeera’s Rula Amin reported that: “The capital has been relatively quiet. If the government is trying to say this is the work of protesters or even al Qaeda sympathizers, the attack is in the heart of the capital and that makes the government look very vulnerable.”

Meanwhile, the British-based advocacy group, Avaaz, reported it has evidence that the death toll since the beginning of the government crackdown has reached 6,237civilians and soldiers, which includes 917 government forces, 400 children, and617 people whose deaths were a result of torture.

Opposition activists claim the government staged the attacks as part of a scheme to convince the Arab League delegation that arrived in Damascus on Thursday that there is no government crackdown, but that violence in the country has been the work of “armed terrorist gangs.”

I was asked by journalists today what I thought about the notion that the Syrian government planned the car bombs to provide a pretext for their increasingly violent crackdown on the opposition. It reminds me of the notion that Washington was behind the World Trade Center bombing to provide a pretext for invading Iraq. I don’t give either much credibility. Both fit a rather perverse “qui bono,” or “who benefits” text, but I shouldn’t think that either are likely. I am only surprised that we haven’t seen the use of suicide bombing sooner.

The context of the bombings are the growing frustration of the opposition. The Assad regime remains strong compared to opposition forces. The external opposition leaders – the NSC – do not have a strategy for bringing down the regime that is realistic. Following this week’s Tunis meeting, the SNC demanded immediate foreign intervention to protect the Syrian people and stop the regime. At the same time it demanded that opposition groups within the country forgo militarization. The SNC snubbed the Free Syrian Army which has been trying to put together a military option.  There is no likelihood that Western powers will intervene in Syria anytime soon. As the death-rate rises, opposition frustrations are also rising, increasing the probability that radical groups will begin to carry out suicide operations in an attempt to break the stalemate.

Law and order are also breaking down in Syria, which means that we should expect the spread of radical groups. The Syrian state, being one of the most intrusive and repressive in the Middle East, was able to thwart radical groups. As its capabilities decline, so will its ability to keep such groups from penetrating Syrian society. But the real reason for such bombings is the desperate political situation.  Until Syria produces an ability to resolve its conflicts by political means, the chances are that the daily diet of suicide bombings that have become a part of political life in Iraq, will also become common in Syria.

Benzene prices were raised in Syria from syp 44 to 50 (13.6 percent). This is further sign of the breakdown of the government’s ability to provide for the people as it used to. Sanctions are working.

Wash Post

…. Tabler added that the increasing militarization of the revolt and the exiled opposition’s growing support for armed action creates a policy dilemma for the United States. “We don’t have a policy for dealing with the fact that many people are taking up arms,” he said.

IRAN EMBASSY IN DAMASCUS CONFIRMS KIDNAPPING OF FIVE IRANIAN TECHNICIANS IN SYRIA – MEHR NEWS AGENCY REUTERS

The Syrian authorities detained the prominent figure Abdul Azeez Al-Khair for a day while he was leaving the country at Damascus airport to travel to Cairo. He was going to participate in discussion with the Arab League as a member of the delegation from the National Coordination Body – NCB, that includes Haytham Manna, Saleh Mohammed and Rajaa Al-Naser. Although released, he has had his passport taken from him to keep him from joining opposition members abroad.

Jerusalem Post: 50 US experts implore Obama to press Syria harder, 2011-12-21

Around 50 US-based experts on Middle East policy and strategy signed an open letter to President Barack Obama this week imploring him to demonstrate greater leadership on the Syria crisis. Their petition calls for tougher sanctions, greater contact …  Tony Badran issued the letter….

Seth Cropsey, a fellow at the Hudson Institute and a former US national security official, said he personally supports the deployment of special forces to the country. “Military intervention could be useful in the form of special operations forces that would help organize, train and equip groups that oppose Assad,” he told the Post. “I support the use of such forces, as well as intelligence assets” to help unseat the Syrian president,” said Cropsey, who also signed the petition….

Aljazeera doesn’t Broadcast SNC: After Syria signed the Doha agreement allowing the Arab League observers into Syria, Aljazeera didn’t broadcast the SNC conference form Tunis. The Aljazeera adviser on Syria who is close to the SNC is now also showing on Alarabiya.

Thomas Pierret writes “Un nouveau billet sur son blog: Islam et politique en Syrie: Les mystérieuses Qoubeysiyyat divisées face à la révolution

Syria Steps -corruption and import tariffs. الشهابي: مشكلتنا في الفساد الجمركي..وقدمنا رؤية واضحة لتطوير الصناعة

Corruption at Commercial Bank: See this article by Sham Times

A friend writes: “4 years ago, I met the general manager of one of the new private banks in Aleppo. We talked about staffing. He said his problem was recruiting senior people from the commercial bank of Syria. Why I asked. He said that their salaries are around syp 20,000 a year. He would entice them by paying them between syp 75,000 and 100,000 a month. None would come because they make multiples of that at the commercial bank of Syria outside their salaries. Every loan they make, they get paid a chunk personally.”

الحرب تُعلن رسمياً على مدير التجاري السوري War between Mayale and Dergham people at the Commercial Bank واقتراح بمناظرة تلفزيونية تجمع درغام وميالة وجليلاتي…كي نفهم…!؟

Azmi Bishara shreds the SNC to pieces (without mentioning it) for how it begs for Arab and international intervention and how it uses tashbee7 against other opposition.

Assessing Assad – Foreign Affairs
The Syrian leader isn’t crazy. He’s just doing whatever it takes to survive.
BY BRUCE BUENO DE MESQUITA, ALASTAIR SMITH | DECEMBER 20, 2011

….Following the logic we set out in The Dictator’s Handbook, we believe Assad has been misunderstood and maybe, just maybe, even misjudged. In the book, we argue that no leader — not even a Louis XIV, an Adolf Hitler, or a Joseph Stalin — can rule alone. Each must rely on a coalition of essential supporters without whom power will be lost. That coalition, in turn, counts on a mutually beneficial relationship with the leader. They keep the ruler in office, and the ruler keeps them in the money. If either fails to deliver what the other wants, the government falls.

Assad is no exception. Just as he said, it is not his government. He cannot do whatever he wants. He might even be a true reformer, as many in the Western media believed prior to the Arab Spring, or he may be the brute he now appears to be. The truth is, he is doing what he must to maintain the loyalty of those who keep him in power. …

The Alawites make up 70 percent of Syria’s career military, 80 percent of the officers, and nearly 100 percent of the elite Republican Guard and the 4th Armored Division, led by the president’s brother Maher. In a survey of country experts we conducted in 2007, we found that Assad’s key backers — those without whose support he would have to leave power — consisted of only about 3,600 members out of a population of about 23 million. That is less than 0.02 percent….

CFR: Why Syria’s Regime Is Doomed, 2011-12-22
Dennis Ross

Amid mounting violence that has killed more than five thousand in Syria, it is “almost inevitable” the regime of President Bashar al-Assad will collapse, says Dennis Ross, a former senior Middle East adviser to President Obama. “When a regime is ..,.

 

 

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101. Jad said:

Haytham
Is he going to promis Syrians with more explosions and more Syrian blood to be spelled in the coming year?
Syrians are so looking forward for another worthless ‘speach’ to comfort them.

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December 24th, 2011, 2:10 pm

 

102. N.Z. said:

It’s Christmas Eve in Syria, Jesus Christ’s birth. Let us all, Syrians and non Syrians, Christians and Muslims, remember the central theme of Jesus’ message, “freeing the oppressed” a theme that is so silently ignored.

I wish you all a New year filled with LOVE and PEACE, a 2012 free of oppression and injustice.

To Professor Joshua Landis and family, and all SC members.

A peaceful Christmas and 2012 Free Syria.

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December 24th, 2011, 2:12 pm

 

103. ghufran said:

وصف داعية سلفي مصري الأقباط واليهود بأنهم “كفار”، وقال ياسر برهامي زعيم السلفيين بالإسكندرية في مؤتمر انتخابي بمحافظة الدقهلية إن اليهود والنصارى كفار بحكم القرآن، مشيراً إلي أن لهم حقوق أقرها الله

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December 24th, 2011, 2:19 pm

 

104. Haytham Khoury said:

Dear Jad:

Whoever did the suicide bombings yesterday is criminal.

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December 24th, 2011, 2:21 pm

 

105. N.Z. said:

It is not a “suicide bombing” it is a “booby-trapped”car.

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December 24th, 2011, 2:24 pm

 

106. sowhat said:

@Hamster 63

حيوان

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December 24th, 2011, 2:35 pm

 

107. SF94123 said:

Please spare us the bullshit and don’t wish us “Merry Christmas”. Criminal minds, MB and Muslim extremists like you Sheila, Revlon, N.Z, majedkhaldoun ,Haytham Khoury, Syrian Hamster, Uzair8, Abu Omar, Husam, Shami, Observer, and Tara Bin Jassem know only how to wish for more blood, destruction and death. Go to hell and leave Syrians alone.

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December 24th, 2011, 2:48 pm

 

108. Jad said:

I think Jesus wasn’t born in a pool of blood and surrounded by killers, that day was the day he was killed.
The message of Jesus was peace, he defeat evil by nonviolence means, he deafeat it by Words, Love and Mercy not by explossion, blood and hate.

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December 24th, 2011, 2:50 pm

 

109. Tara said:

Merry Christmas to all.

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December 24th, 2011, 2:52 pm

 

110. Tara said:

38 killed by the regime in Syria today. Where are the observers?

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December 24th, 2011, 3:04 pm

 

111. Syrian Commando said:

Sorry about that Tara, we’ll make sure to shoot your terrorist uncles in the stomach next time so they die slower to spread out the death toll.

Screams of your donkeys:

[5:34:33 AM] Alexander Page: baba amr is being taken out
[5:34:44 AM] Alexander Page: please talk to everyone you know we have a contact there now…….
[5:34:45 AM] Alexander Page: please
[5:34:46 AM] Alexander Page: please

Oh yes, please, please, please save us from the hell we created for ourselves.

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December 24th, 2011, 3:17 pm

 

112. ghufran said:

Al-Maliki is the illegitimate son of Iran and US occupation:
اتهم طارق الهاشمي نائب الرئيس العراقي رئيس الوزراء نوري المالكي بشن حملة على السنة في العراق ودفع البلاد نحو حرب طائفية، مؤكدا أن المالكي يريد التخلص من كل منافسيه السياسيين لينفرد بالحكم.

وقال في تصريحات خاصة لوكالة أسوشيتد برس “إن المالكي يدفع بالعراق إلى الكارثة.. إنه يحاول تصعيد الموقف وجعل الحياة صعبة على محافظاتنا.. على شعبنا العراقي”.

وأضاف أن المالكي “لا يؤمن بالتسويات. لا يؤمن بالحلول السلمية للمشاكل ومن المؤكد أنه سيستعمل الجيش العراقي وقوى الأمن لمزيد من التصعيد”.

من جهة ثانية هدد الهاشمي -المتهم بقضايا إرهاب وفق مذكرة اعتقال صدرت بحقه في الـ21 من الشهر الجاري- بنقل قضيته إلى المجتمع الدولي “إذا لم تغلق خلال أيام” متهما المالكي وإيران بتلفيق التهم له.

وقال في تصريحات صحفية إن “رئيس الوزراء نوري المالكي وحزبه لفق التهمة بالتعاون مع إيران”.

وأضاف “إن منظمات المجتمع المدني وحقوقيين وسياسيين أبدوا تعاطفهم معي لكنني لم أطلب أي دولة حتى الآن.. لكنني سأوصل قضيتي إلى المجتمع الدولي والأمم المتحدة والجامعة العربية إذا لم يغلق الملف خلال أيام”.

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December 24th, 2011, 3:25 pm

 

113. Tara said:

No one in Kafr Suseh neighborhood or even Damascus claimed any missing family members. Where did the 40 killed came from? Why was the burial that fast? Why the bodies were not identified? Why did they not carry DNA testing on the alleged “perpetrators”? Where are the families of the killed? Why weren’t there sits-in for condolences. Where is Besho boy? Why didn’t he take part in the funeral?

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December 24th, 2011, 3:31 pm

 

114. ann said:

AL condemns suicide attack in Syria – 2011-12-24

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2011-12/24/c_122478795.htm

CAIRO, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) — Secretary General of Arab League (AL) Nabil al-Arabi condemned Saturday the suicide attack in Damascus which left at least 44 people killed and 166 others injured.

In a press release from the pan-Arab body, Arabi called for an end to the killing and violence across Syria immediately.

He expressed condolences to the families of the victims and stressed that the attack would not stop the AL observers from performing their mission.

He voiced worries about escalating violence in several Syrian cities like Homs, calling on the Syrian government to withdraw all troops from cities with peaceful demonstrations.

Two suicide car bombers struck Friday the headquarters of the intelligence department building and the Regional Security Branch in central Damascus, killing at least 44 people and wounding 166 others.

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December 24th, 2011, 3:31 pm

 

115. sheila said:

Dear #107. SF94123,
I wish you a Christmas that mirrors your high level of civility. A Christmas that makes you reflect on the teachings of Jesus Christ. A Christmas full of love and hope for those in Syria who are merely asking for their freedom and dignity that lucky for you, you do not have to worry about thanks to the wonderful USA.

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December 24th, 2011, 3:35 pm

 

116. ann said:

Mourners cheer Assad at Damascus funerals – 24 Dec 2011

Funerals for 44 people killed in twin suicide car bombs in Damascus turned into a show of support for President Bashar al-Assad and an attack on the US.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/8977233/Mourners-cheer-Assad-at-Damascus-funerals.html

Funerals for 44 people killed in twin suicide car bombs in Damascus turned into a show of support for President Bashar al-Assad today, with thousands of mourners denouncing the United States and its Arab allies for interfering in Syria.

The United Nations voiced grave concern over the bombings, which marked an ominous step up in the violence that has rocked the Arab nation for nine months, claiming at least 5,000 lives.

Syria said al-Qaeda terrorists were behind the attacks. The media displayed gruesome pictures of dismembered bodies and heads. There has been no claim of responsibility.

Opposition members said they suspected the Assad government carried out the bombings itself, to prove to the world it is facing a ruthless insurgency by armed Islamic fundamentalists.

In Cairo, Sudanese General Mohammed Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi said he would go to Damascus as head of an Arab League monitoring mission which intends to fan out over Syria to verify compliance with an Arab peace plan.

The first batch of about 50 monitors is expected to reach Syria on Monday. Assad’s foes say the mission will only be used to gain time while security forces try to smother the revolt.

“I am optimistic that the mission of the monitors will be successful and that events such as yesterday’s blasts in Damascus will not affect the mission,” Dabi told reporters.

The official Syrian news agency SANA reported that seven army and police “martyrs” killed in clashes with insurgents had been buried. The government said 2,000 members of the security forces have been killed in the unrest since March.

Thousands of Syrians chanted “Death to America” during the funeral processions in Damascus, cheering Assad, calling for revenge and denouncing Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani who has become one of Assad’s main Arab critics.

The crowd, carrying posters of Assad and Syrian flags, chanted “We want your head, Hamad” and “We sacrifice our souls and blood for you Bashar” and “God, Syria and Bashar only.”

The coffins, draped in Syrian flags, were lined up inside the gilded 8th-century Umayyad Mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites, in scenes shown on state TV. Many were marked “unknown”.

Leading Sunni Muslim cleric Said al-Bouti said he hoped the attacks would lift “the veils on the eyes of the Arab League … so that they see who is the murderer and who is the victim”.

Al-Qaeda are Sunni Muslim militants. Assad and Syria’s power elite belong to the Alawite branch of Shi’ite Islam while most Syrians, including protesters and insurgents, are Sunnis.

Hamas, a Sunni Islamist Palestinian militant group that rules the Gaza Strip, condemned the bombings and called for a “quick” political solution to end the bloodshed in Syria.

Hamas has its headquarters in Damascus, but diplomats say dozens of its operatives have quietly returned to Gaza from Damascus as the group scaled back its presence in Syria and gauged the uncertain future of Assad. Hamas denies such reports.

The UN Security Council condemned the attacks.

“Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and … any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable,” it said in a statement.

Western powers say the security forces have perpetrated most of the violence in Syria. But Russia, an old ally of Damascus, wants any UN resolution on the crisis to be even-handed.

“If the requirement is that we drop all reference to violence coming from extreme opposition, that’s not going to happen,” UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin said in New York after Russia submitted a revised draft resolution to the council.

“If they expect us to have an arms embargo, that’s not going to happen,” he said. The experience of Libya showed it would be one-sided and used against the government, Churkin said.

Assad has used tanks and troops to try to crush mainly peaceful street protests inspired by other Arab uprisings this year. Armed insurgents and army deserters are now fighting back.

Syria has generally barred foreign media from the country, making it hard to verify accounts of events from either side.

But Friday’s blasts signalled a dramatic escalation.

“It’s a new phase. We’re getting militarised here,” said Joshua Landis, a Syria expert at the University of Oklahoma. He said the bombs were a “small premonition” of what may come in a country that some analysts see slipping towards civil war.

“This is when the Syrian opposition is beginning to realise they are on their own,” he added, referring to Western reluctance to intervene militarily in Syria.

A Syrian Interior Ministry spokesman said 166 people were wounded by the Damascus explosions, which blew human limbs into the streets. It broadcast footage of mangled bodies being carried in blankets and on stretchers into ambulances, a row of corpses wrapped in sheets lying in the street.

The Arab League peace plan stipulates a withdrawal of troops from protest-hit cities and towns, release of prisoners and dialogue with the opposition. Opponents of Assad have ruled out any negotiations until the violence against protesters stops.

Damascus says more than 1,000 prisoners have been freed since the Arab plan was agreed and the army has left cities.

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December 24th, 2011, 3:40 pm

 

117. SF94123 said:

TO Sheila post 115

Your wicked wishes already came true in Damascus yesterday. Just ask the son of god the lord Jesus Christ to have mercy on you.

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December 24th, 2011, 3:52 pm

 

118. majedkhaldoun said:

Have a merry Christmass, all, and happy new year

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December 24th, 2011, 4:05 pm

 

119. Rad said:

The idea that some Al Qaeda group was behind these bombings is absolutely mind boggling. Anyone who has been in Damascus and specifically Kfar Sousa knows that it is virtually impossible for any civilian to penetrate this area, so we are suppose to believe that 2 cars packed with explosives managed to get in. Dr. Landis go to Damascus and take a taxi to Kfar Sousa, the driver will go nowhere near that area and simply drop you off outside, there are checkpoints nearby that are 50 metres apart. Please stop with this pro Baathist nonsense.

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December 24th, 2011, 4:07 pm

 

120. syria no kandahar said:

Tara bin Jassim and Co-Terrorists advocates:
You have shown us your true color.You are hateful driven people and have no sympathy .Tara is trying to believe that opposition is peaceful and they can never do something like this!CO-TERRORISTS supporters on SC are selling this theory:
The regime had tow cars driven by cadavers blowing most sensitive intellegence center in Damascus and killing bystandards rented from
Edlib and Homs!!
Can you be more despirate than this?how much stupidity you will have in you to need such denial to cope with your hateful practices towards a country you are trying to destroy?
We have seen wahabi Sinnis hunger for Jihad all over the world,it is not new,it is part of the 21st centuries most important chalenges after the fall of socialism.Syria is a heaven for your friend jihadists.stop being in denial if you really like your country.God protect all the christians and the moslems tomorrow.it is christmass day and bombing a church on that day will get the jihadists double the nomber of virgins,ALLAH YESTER.

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December 24th, 2011, 4:13 pm

 

121. sheila said:

Dear SF94123,

Let us pray together:

For all those who have fallen victim to hatred and inhumanity, for those loved ones who are left behind to mourn, for the souls of those whose hearts are cold, Lord, hear our prayer.

For the children who are being born into this world of conflict and violence, for women and mothers who suffer needlessly, Lord, hear our prayer.

For all those who have been forced into unemployment, who long to return to work, for all those who struggle to support their families, Lord, hear our prayer.

For the soldiers who are misguided in thinking that their bullets will bring about peace, for those who feel called to conscientiously object to military orders, Lord, hear our prayer.

For the children who cry in their beds at night and wonder ‘what have I done?’, for the mothers and fathers who must try to explain the unexplainable, Lord, hear our prayer.

For all the children who have died before their time, for the soldiers who allow their uniform to strip them of their humanity, for the healers who are denied the opportunity to use their gifts, Lord, hear our prayer.

For the redemption of souls of both victim and perpetrator, for those who commit themselves to the forgiveness of sins, Lord, hear our prayer.

O God,
Open our eyes that we may see the needs of others;
Open our ears that we may hear their cries;
Open our hearts that we may feel their anguish and their joy.
Let us not be afraid to defend the oppressed, the poor, the powerless, because of the anger and might of the powerful.
Show us where love and hope and faith are needed, and use us to bring them to those places.
Open our ears and eyes, our hearts and lives, that we may in these coming days be able to do some work of justice and peace for you. Amen.

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December 24th, 2011, 4:35 pm

 

122. SF94123 said:

Wishing a “Merry Christmas” from Tara bin Jassim, Majedalsaud , Shelies and others on this forum is a joke. They are practicing the Taqiyya to mislead others.. STOP the deception NOW!

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December 24th, 2011, 4:42 pm

 

123. newfolder said:

The fake website of the Muslim Brothers in Syria, which published the false claims of responsibility for the Damascus bombings, has been identified as belonging to Emile Kas Nasrallh, a Christian from Aleppo and son of Adviser to Mufti Hassoun, Bassel Kas Nasrallah.

The hoax was exposed by doing a simple domain name lookup on the website, which was found to be registered with Emile’s personal email. also his mobile number!

http://www.whois.net/whois/ikhwan-sy.com

Look here for more info:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/eiad-shurbaji/%D9%81%D8%B6%D9%8A%D8%AD%D8%A9-%D8%A8%D8%AC%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%AC%D9%84-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AF%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%A6%D9%84-%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%88%D8%AB%D8%A7%D8%A6%D9%82-%D9%85%D9%86-%D8%A3%D8%B5%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%A8%D9%8A%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%AA%D8%A8%D9%86%D9%8A-%D8%AC%D9%85%D8%A7%D8%B9%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A3%D8%AE%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%B3%D9%84%D9%85%D9%8A%D9%86-%D9%84%D8%AA%D9%81%D8%AC%D9%8A%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%AA/10151072238775015

and the news report by orient Tv:

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December 24th, 2011, 4:44 pm

 

124. Tara said:

SF-number

The more you wish us bad, the more I wish you good. Can’t explain it…I am not always like this. I can get angry, very angry at time but I feel generous today. I wish you the best Christmas ever.

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December 24th, 2011, 4:52 pm

 

125. Halabi said:

122. NEWFOLDER

The telephone number isn’t Emile’s, it’s the number of a man named Tammam who lives in Damascus. Tammam works for Syrian TV and operates a website focused on art. He said he has nothing to do with the fake Ikhwan website, and he thinks his details were used by someone who hacked into Emile’s computer.

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December 24th, 2011, 4:55 pm

 

126. newfolder said:

cast your minds back to the attacks in Mazeh Damascus that the regime carried out on an abandoned embassy building to try to frame terrorists when it was taking heat for it’s own terrorist activities in Lebanon and Iraq.

Yup, this is a terrorist regime which has no problem sacrificing it’s own men, ask Zobi and Ghazi Kanaan about that.

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December 24th, 2011, 4:56 pm

 

127. SANDRO LOEWE said:

Is there any moderator in this SC tonight? They will be enjoying this Xmas day but things like this should be banned:

SYRIA COMMANDO

¨Sorry about that Tara, we’ll make sure to shoot your terrorist uncles in the stomach next time so they die slower to spread out the death toll.¨

This expresses the crazy people behind the regime in Syria and dictatorships beyond.

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December 24th, 2011, 5:00 pm

 

128. Tara said:

Since we moved to the US, I miss going to churches on Christmas eve. My dad used to take me on Christmas eve late at night to a church in Bab Touma or Qassa to attend the mass. I still until now like the prayer music. It was very comforting.

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December 24th, 2011, 5:03 pm

 

129. SF94123 said:

to 115 and 123….

SHELIES, an MB from Aleppo who lives in the west with money that was stolen from Syrians (Same as Tara bin Jassim).An advocate for death and foreign military attack so that her/his kind can rule Syria.. You are not on the same page with god. You need to pray every day and ask for mercy and forgiveness.

P.S. Tara Bin Jassim, I knew who you are- you don’t have to remind me.

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December 24th, 2011, 5:07 pm

 

130. Uzair8 said:

90. jad said:

“Nice to see some ‘Syrians’ and a ‘Stani’ celebrating the killing of other Syrians in Damascus on SC,…”

I haven’t seen anyone support or celebrate these attacks. Even on a forum which is the ‘Osama Bin Laden supporting type’ I have seen the regime suspected of this ‘cheap stunt’.

In fact the regime has been reluctant from the beginning to recognise the over-whelming peaceful and legitimate nature of protests. It has desperately and persistantly tried to discredit the uprising by trying to falsely paint it as terrorist, MB, Salafist, foreign backed. The peaceful opposition has always emphasized its peaceful nature and distanced itself from anything contrary.

And now this attack happens which fits into the regime narrative. Can you blame the people for suspecting the regime? After it’s lies and false portrayal of the uprising? Why should they believe the regime now?

Now the regime has something to play with. They can use this to shield itself in regards to the observer mission and also at the UN security council a little further down the line.

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December 24th, 2011, 5:08 pm

 

131. newfolder said:

#124 sure buddy, someone hacks into Emile’s email to create a fake Ikwhan site to announce responsibility for the bombing and frame him …. but of course, Emile never mentioned his email was hacked, even though it’s been 3 weeks since the website was registered ….. sounds like a load of bullshit. A dumb-ass min7ibakji got in way over his head and was caught pants down, now he’s trying to wiggle away like a little worm. Guess what, he won’t, he’s a wanted man now, he will pay.

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December 24th, 2011, 5:09 pm

 

132. Tara said:

SF-number

Who am I?

Who get to decide if Sheila and Tara are on the same page with god or not?

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December 24th, 2011, 5:11 pm

 

133. ann said:

Syrian forces kill “terrorists” in hot spot town – 2011-12-25

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2011-12/25/c_122478940.htm

DAMASCUS, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) — The Syrian government forces killed two “terrorists” in the flashpoint town of Homs on Saturday, a day after the capital of Damascus was rocked by two powerful suicide bombings that killed at least 44 people.

The “terrorists” were killed after they clashed with the authorities’ forces in the Teldo area in suburban Homs, a hotspot city in the ongoing Syrian crisis, which has seen continuous violence between the government forces and defected soldiers, the official SANA news agency reported.

Another six terrorists were wounded, while “a cache of diverse firearms” were seized, SANA said.

On the same day, an armed terrorist group killed an ambulance driver near a hospital in Homs after firing at the vehicle.

People in major Syrian cities have become increasingly worried about terrorist attacks, especially after two suicide car bombers on Friday struck the headquarters of the intelligence department and the regional security branch in central Damascus. At least 44 people were killed and 166 others were injured in the twin blasts, which the Syrian government has blamed on al-Qaida members.

Friday’s attacks, the worst since protests erupted against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in mid-March, came only one day after an advance team of the Arab League (AL) observers arrived in Damascus to prepare for assessing whether the country abided by an Arab peace plan to end the alleged crackdown on protesters.

Sudanese General Mohammed Ahmed Mostafa al-Dabi, head of the AL observer mission to Syria, left for Damascus on Saturday evening after he had said at a press conference that Friday’s bombings would not hamper the mission’s work in any way.

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December 24th, 2011, 5:21 pm

 

134. Uzair8 said:

Another consequence of the suspicious Damascus attacks.

After gradually killing thousands (5000) of people and imprisoning many more, the regime was running out of ‘capital’ to continue to act so freely without risking consequences and further pressure (AL observer mission failure, issue taken to UNSC, foreign intervention etc).

This attack has put the opposition and foreign powers temporarily on the defensive and shaken off some of the pressure (momentum of) piled on the regime. This attack may see the regime regain the initiative and give it renewed ‘capital’ (breathing space) to resume a new cycle of suppression. The previous cycle saw at least 5000 killed in previous months.

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December 24th, 2011, 5:24 pm

 

135. ann said:

Mounting violence shadows Christians’ celebrations in Syria – 2011-12-25

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2011-12/25/c_122478944.htm

DAMASCUS, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) — On the Christmas Eve, Christians in Syria suffered from distress and some even canceled celebrations due to violence across the country and recent deadly explosions in the capital Damascus.

The Christian neighborhoods in Syria, which were usually decorated with colorful lights on the Christmas Eve in the past, on Saturday look as dim as other parts of the country that has been gripped by months of unrest. Markets which were usually crowded with people at this time look relatively empty this year.

Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim of Antioch and All the East on Saturday called for limiting the Christmas and New Year occasions.

Patriarchal Assistant at the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, Bishop Luca al-Khouri, told local media that Syrians are brothers and no one can divide them, adding that “we live together, Muslim and Christian clergymen, Christian and Muslim people, in this sage country… but they want to fragment this country, and God willing they won’t be able to do that.”

Al-Khouri said that on the Christmas Eve, “the enemies of Syria opted to gift Syria with victims rather than good wishes.”

Syria has long said that it is subject to a foreign conspiracy and some unnamed countries have channeled funds and weapons to extremists and armed thugs in Syria to undermine its stability and security.

In the most deadly events in the country since the unrest started in March, two suicide bombers attacked two security compounds in Damascus on Friday, killing at least 44 people and wounding 166 others. The Syrian government said the two blasts bore the hallmark of al-Qaida.

Syria’s Christians, who take up about 10 percent in the country ‘s Sunni-majority population, have showed support to the embattled President Bashar al-Assad.

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December 24th, 2011, 5:27 pm

 

136. Halabi said:

#130 You’re probably right. I just wanted to put out the guy’s denial.

The bigger question today is: where is Bashar? Damascus has its worst terrorist attack in decades and the president doesn’t address the nation? I know menhebaks like this style of leadership, but there are people with brains in Syria who need to see the president and hear explanations and plans from him.

Maybe he can come out and wish us a Merry Christmas, and say Syria bkheir and khilsit. Is that too much to ask?

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December 24th, 2011, 5:32 pm

 

137. Uzair8 said:

Wasn’t there once an attack which was apparantly reported by a Lebanese/Syrian paper before it happened? I think I remember reading this in a past Robert Fisk article.

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December 24th, 2011, 5:38 pm

 

138. Syria no kandahar said:

Tara bin Jasim
Adding go to church to your CV does not make you a good person.Hetler did that as Karadawi is also a mosque goer like BINLADEN was.As long as you support terrorists ,Church and Jesus do not welcome you.

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December 24th, 2011, 5:45 pm

 

139. SANDRO LOEWE said:

SF-number,

Are so irritated because your job is inside Palestine Branch in Kafr Sussa? Are you getting paid for being in this forum?

Regarding the 40 unknown victims (nobody knows – maybe previously dead syrian soldiers) maybe they are the whole AL delegation members. Since they arrived Syria there are no signs of them. Are they enjoying syrian kind hospitality at Four Seasons on Rami´s behalf?

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December 24th, 2011, 5:48 pm

 

140. ann said:

Funeral held for people killed in two bomb blasts in Syria – Dec 25, 2011

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2011-12/24/c_131325216.htm

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2011-12/24/c_131325216_2.htm

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2011-12/24/c_131325216_3.htm

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2011-12/24/c_131325216_4.htm

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2011-12/24/c_131325216_5.htm

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2011-12/24/c_131324691.htm

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2011-12/24/c_131324691_2.htm

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2011-12/24/c_131324691_3.htm

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2011-12/24/c_131324691_4.htm

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2011-12/24/c_131324691_5.htm

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2011-12/24/c_131324691_6.htm

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2011-12/24/c_131324691_7.htm

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2011-12/24/c_131324691_8.htm

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2011-12/24/c_131324691_10.htm

The death toll of the twin attacks on intelligence centers in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Friday has risen to 44, while 166 others were injured, most of them civilians, Syria’s interior ministry said Friday.

“The attacks reflect a new escalation of terrorist acts in Syria,” the ministry said in a statement, adding “the style of the attacks refers to al-Qaida.”

The ministry appealed to the Syrian people to report any suspicious act “to cut the hand of terrorism.”

Earlier on Friday, two suicide bombs rocked two security centers in central Damascus, the worst violence since protests against President Bashar al-Assad erupted in mid-March. The bombing came only a day after the Arab League (AL) observers arrived in the capital to monitor the situation on the ground.

The blasts struck the headquarters of the security department building and the Region Security Branch, leaving rubble and twisted debris covering the road that is lined with burned cars.

Syria’s state TV said security forces have arrested a suspect, adding that terrorists carried out the two blasts at sites with heavy traffic and near an orphanage.

Imams and preachers condemned the attacks and stressed in a statement carried by state-run SANA news agency that Islam has nothing to do with any terrorist attack that targets the security of the homeland, citizens, unity and stability of the country.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday said he is “gravely concerned with the escalating violence in Syria,” and stressed that “all violence is unacceptable and must stop immediately.”

In the statement, the secretary-general urged “a credible, inclusive and legitimate Syria-led process of comprehensive political change that will address the democratic aspirations of the Syrian people.”

Besides, Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour also strongly condemned the acts, saying the heinous crime is the newest in a series of crimes against the Syrian people and the national army, which are aimed at undermining Syria and threatening the unity of the Syrian people.

”We offer our heartfelt condolences to the families of the martyrs and express our deep grief and condemnation of this heinous crime … We also wish the injured a speedy recovery and hope that security and stability would be restored to Syria,” he said.

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December 24th, 2011, 5:50 pm

 

141. Tara said:

SNK

Leave Jesus alone. I don’t think he appoints you to be his spokesperson. If you want to talk for the church, I couldn’t care less.

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December 24th, 2011, 5:52 pm

 

142. ann said:

News Analysis: Terrorist attacks in Damascus a “serious warning to government, opposition alike”: analysts

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2011-12/24/c_122476244.htm

DAMASCUS, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) — Syrian analysts and observers regarded the brazen bombing of two security centers in Damascus on Friday as “a serious warning to the authorities and the opposition alike,” calling for convening an immediate national conference to find an outlet to the intractable impasse.

Two suicide car bombers struck Friday the headquarters of the intelligence department building and the Region Security Branch in central Damascus, killing at least 40 people and wounding 150 others, an official told Xinhua.

Syrian state TV immediately apportioned blame on al-Qaida and said initial investigations point out that al-Qaida group is behind the two blasts.

“The bombings against the intelligence headquarters are a very serious warning as they are the start of terrorist attacks by al- Qaida,” Ali Mahfouz, a political researcher and a member of the “Third Way” movement, which advocates a middle-of-the-road opinion between the regime and the government, told Xinhua by phone.

Mahfouz urged to “face these kinds of terrorist acts by holding a national conference that would comprise all spectra of the Syrian people to find an outlet to put an end to the escalating violence.”

“We must hurry to salvage our country,” he said.

For his side, Fayyez Sayegh, a political analyst, said “the attacks deliver a message to the world that terrorism has no home and it moves everywhere.”

“What happened today is a clear-cut evidence that terrorist groups neither want reform nor democracy,” he told Xinhua, accusing al-Qaida militants of being behind the attacks.

He urged the Syrian opposition to condemn the attacks to prove its nationalism, adding “if they didn’t hasten to condemn the attacks and ignored what happened, they are a partner in the shedding of the Syrian blood.”

On the opposition side, Loai Hussain, a leading opponent, expressed condemnation over the attacks “regardless of who stands behind them.”

He said that he wasn’t surprised by the attacks because “I’ve warned the government that the security handling of the current crisis would lead to such results.”

The brazen bombing came as Arab League observers have arrived in Damascus to monitor the country’s unrest on ground.

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, who rushed to the scene along with an Arab League observers delegation, told reporters that “we have said since the start of unrest in the country that this is terrorism and a murder of army members.”

Sami Seif al-Yazal, a member of the Arab League observers who have arrived in Damascus on Thursday to monitor an end to the government’s crackdown on protesters, said “this is regretful… we are here to see facts on ground.”

Also, Maj. Gen Rustom Ghazali, former head of Syrian intelligence in Lebanon, has reportedly said “this is a criminal and sinful act and confirms that there are agent tools that carry out the hostile foreign project.” But, he added, “this will not affect the morale of the security forces, the citizens and the army… Our morale will always remain high and we will resist this project till the last drop of our blood and will undermine the sedition.”

Syria said Thursday that more than 2,000 army men were killed by armed groups since the unrest began in March.

Last week, the Lebanese army raised concerns at a security meeting that some “Syrian refugees” fleeing to Lebanon are actually al-Qaida members, the Lebanese English-language The Daily Star reported.

Lebanese Army Commander Jean Kahwagi confirmed to sources close to the prime minister that some weapon smugglers who claim to be Syrian opposition are in fact al-Qaida members, The Daily Star said.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people flocked Syrian main squares nationwide to express condemnation of the two terrorist attacks, according to SANA.

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December 24th, 2011, 5:53 pm

 

143. SANDRO LOEWE said:

SYRIA KAINDOFHARA

Paranormal fenomena are not rare in Xmas eve but seeing one torture-selectivekillings-repressive-dictatorship supporter teaching leassons about what Church and Jesus welcome or not is frankly speaking wonderfull. Thanks for your surrealist jokes and comments.

Notice that terrorist is who use terror as a political instrument. Syrian regime is then, by using permanent terror and fear as repression, one of the biggest terrorists in world history.

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December 24th, 2011, 5:55 pm

 

144. Tara said:

SL

I am afraid the regime can wine and dine the AL’s delegate and easily charm them with what Damascus has to offer. The AL should have mandated that the delegation does not accept any invitation of hospitality from the regime.

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December 24th, 2011, 6:00 pm

 

145. SANDRO LOEWE said:

SF94123 said:

¨P.S. Tara Bin Jassim, I knew who you are- you don’t have to remind me.¨

So, here they are the moukhabarati thug minded guys from Damascus and Latakia trying to install terror and fear in this place.

I know who you are. You are Judas, but do not forget that Judas was a beloved one to Jesus even when Jesus knew that Judas was going to denounce him. I know it is not easy for your heart to acomodate this idea. Judas was a step needed for the acomplishment of Jesus mission. So is the mukhabarati system a necessary step to reach a Free Syria.

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December 24th, 2011, 6:05 pm

 

146. SANDRO LOEWE said:

TARA,

Let´s pray there is something left in AL members hearts and consciences. But do not even doubt that they will enjoy the best of Sham nights. Syrian regime will know how to deal with them.

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December 24th, 2011, 6:10 pm

 

147. Mohammad M. said:

Maybe 99% of conspiracy theories sound ridiculous, but what equally ridiculous is to think that they do not happen at all! It is easy for us to accept that sth that happened tens of years ago is a conspiracy, but when it is about sth current, some people are 100% ready to swallow what governments, like the one in Syria, claim unconditionally. Haven’t you heard of the Gleiwitz incident before? It was an attack staged by Nazi Germany on a German radio station to justify the invasion of Poland. Haven’t you heard too of the Lavon affair? It was an operation by Israeli intelligence to attack Western targets in Egypt to force Britain and France to keep their forces in the Suez Canal. Lavon, Israeli defence minister at the time, resigned following the failure of the operation (so it’s a real conspiracy, not wild flights of imagination). Go to Wikipedia’s entry on “False Flag” and you will find several documented cases of false attacks carried out (or planned) by governments to achieve certain goals. After you have a look there come back to what the Syrian government said about this attack and tell me if you really believe that two cars in the heart of Damascus bombed two of its most protected areas, the first operation of its kind, right after the arrival of Arab League observers, and the Syrian government in 30 minutes were able to determine that they were suicide bombings carried out by al-Qaeda!!

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December 24th, 2011, 6:16 pm

 

148. newfolder said:

Bashar’s gift to this little girl for Christmas, a nail bomb to the face:

who did this to you? “Bashar the shit” she answers

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December 24th, 2011, 6:17 pm

 

149. Syria no kandahar said:

Sandra:
I never defend any one who kills any one.Open your eyes and read.Syrian purely wahabi revolution has all the terrorism definition factors which you mentioned.Give me one example of someone in the field who is not sunni
Wahabi.Tara bin Jassim thinks that she can sell her poisonous ideas on line
If she attach them with mehshi or church going or…people are not stupid
She is an evil minded person like you are.you and your terrorists friends
Are on your way into being flushed in the Syrian toilet once and for good.
The regime also will go,Syrians will hopefully have leadership in the future
Including clean opposition,not filthy garbage one like yours.

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December 24th, 2011, 6:18 pm

 

150. ann said:

*** AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL IS A PRO israel ORGANIZATION ***

Amnesty International condemns Syria’s death penalty for those arming terrorists

LONDON (BNO NEWS) — Amnesty International on Thursday warned that the bloodshed in Syria could worsen after the government introduced a law imposing the death penalty on anyone found guilty of arming ‘terrorists.’

The official SANA news agency reported on Tuesday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had signed a law providing the death penalty for anyone who provides weapons or helps to provide weapons intended to carry out terrorist attacks. The announcement came during one of the deadliest weeks since pro-reform protests began earlier this year.

“The law could have serious consequences as the Syrian authorities claim that anti-government protests are the work of ‘armed terrorists’,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s interim Director for the Middle East and North Africa. “The Syrian authorities must immediately repeal this law, which represents yet another brutal tool in their arsenal of repression.”

An eyewitness speaking to Amnesty International described seeing the bodies of what he estimated to be around 100 residents following shelling in the western part of the village of Kafr Awaid on Tuesday. He said they had fled their homes out of fear of arrest in their homes.

The Syrian National Council (SNC), a Turkish-based opposition government in exile, condemned the regime of Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday for its “appalling massacres” which left nearly 250 people killed over a 48-hour period. The group urged the Arab League and the United Nations Security Council to take “the necessary measures” to protect civilians.

Since April, Amnesty International has called for the Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), and to impose a comprehensive arms embargo on Syria and an assets freeze on President Bashar al-Assad and others involved in ordering or perpetrating serious human rights abuses. Consultations are expected to resume on Thursday on a new draft resolution on Syria before the UN Security Council.

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December 24th, 2011, 6:18 pm

 

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