Iraq News and Information Links August 20 2004
LOUD blasts heard in Iraq's Najaf-witnesses
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
NAJAF, Iraq, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Around four loud explosions echoed across
the holy Iraqi city of Najaf early on Saturday, though their cause was
not…
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L21202161.htm

IRAQ: 12 Nepalese Kidnap Claim Unconfirmed
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
… militant group has claimed to have kidnapped 12 Nepalese workers subcontracted
to a Jordanian company and working for the US military in Iraq, a statement

news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3382319

OIL prices hit record highs amid uncertainty over Iraq
Irish Times (subscription) – Dublin,Ireland
Cliff Taylor & Barry O'Halloran report. The price of a barrel of oil approached
$50 for the first time yesterday following further unrest in Iraq.…
www.ireland.com/newspaper/front/2004/0821/3677711159HM1OIL.html

BACKGROUNDER: List of foreign hostages killed or held in Iraq
Xinhua – China
21 (Xinhuanet) — Twelve Nepalese men have been taken captive in Iraq by
a shadowy Islamist group, calling itself the Ansar al-Sunna Army, according
to a…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/21/content_1846032.htm

ON Iraq's Border, Sailors of the Desert Smuggle Subsidized…
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
By ERIK ECKHOLM. REBIL, Iraq, Aug. 19 – Here at Iraq's busy border with
Jordan, where dust devils twirl strangely across desert mirages…
www.nytimes.com/2004/08/21/international/middleeast/21smuggle.html

IRAQ group will free US journalist: report
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
… Group of the Mehdi Army. The statement appeared on an Islamist website
often used by militant groups in Iraq. The group did not…
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/08/21/1092972802542.html

EDITORIAL: Elections in Iraq
Asahi Shimbun – Tokyo,Japan
The UN Security Council adopted a resolution in June to set the road map
for Iraq's reconstruction. The resolution laid out a schedule…
www.asahi.com/english/opinion/TKY200408210193.html

SYMBOLIC Importance of Iraq Olympic Soccer Success
NPR (audio) – USA
… Their head coach, German, quit because he feared traveling to Iraq.
But on Wednesday, MSNBC was showcasing Iraq's match against Morocco with
live coverage.…
npr.streamsage.com/google/programlist/feature.php?wfid=3861919

ALL eyes on Iraq as oil price nears $50
Guardian – UK
World oil prices pushed towards the key $50 a barrel level yesterday as
fighting raged in Iraq, although they came off the boil when Iraqi police
said they had…
www.guardian.co.uk/oil/story/0,11319,1287903,00.html

DEVELOPMENTS in Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
_ Iraq's interim prime minister, Ayad Allawi, backed off threats issued
Thursday to storm the shrine, saying a peaceful resolution was possible.

www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ny—iraq-
developments0820aug20,0,1857117.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire

FIGHTING in Iraq drives US oil price towards $50
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
The price of oil came close to $50 a barrel in New York yesterday, as fighting
between US forces and Moqtada al-Sadr's militia in Iraq continued to inflame
the…
www.money.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2004/08/21/
cnoil21.xml&menuId=242&sSheet=/money/2004/08/21/ixfrontcity.html

US army medics 'took part in Iraq jail abuse'
Straits Times – Singapore
WASHINGTON – American army medics have been accused of taking part in the
abuse of Iraqi inmates at Abu Ghraib prison, helping to design interrogation

straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/world/story/0,4386,268269,00.html

POLL finds growing opposition to Iraq war
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
WASHINGTON – Americans' opposition to the Iraq war continues to grow, with
69 percent of the pubic now saying that the Bush administration launched
the war…
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/9454989.htm

DAILY US Military Deaths in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
As of Friday, Aug. 20, 949 US service members have died since the beginning
of military operations in Iraq in March 2003, according to the Defense
Department.…
www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/consumer_news/9447095.htm

ATTACKERS blow up an oil pipeline in southern Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
AMARAH, Iraq (AP) Iraqi police blamed militants loyal to a radical Shiite
cleric for an attack on an oil pipeline near the southern city of Amarah
on Friday.…
www.boston.com/dailynews/233/economy/Attackers_blow_up_an_oil_pipel:.shtml

IRAQ soccer players slam Bush over campaign ad
ABC Online – Australia
Iraq's soccer players have slammed United States President George W Bush
over his decision to use their Olympic campaign in a campaign ad, but
a spokesman for…
www.abc.net.au/sport/content/200408/s1181861.htm

MANSFIELD Marine killed in Iraq
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A Mansfield, Wash., Marine serving in Iraq has
been killed in enemy action, the US Marine Corps announced Friday. Lance
Cpl.…
seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/aplocal_story.asp?category=6420&slug=WA%20Marine%20Death

IRAN calls for urgent OIC meeting on Iraq
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
… On Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi called for an
urgent meeting of Iraq's neighbors to help end the crisis there, marked
by both Sunni and…
www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=8/21/2004&Cat=2&Num=005

VIOLENCE in Iraq drives oil to new high of over $49
Daily Star – Beirut,Lebanon
Oil prices raced to fresh highs Friday, carrying US crude to over $49 a
barrel, driven by escalating violence in Iraq and unabated fuel demand
growth from…
www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=7595

IRAQ fury over Bush campaign
Fox Sports – Australia
ANGRY at being used by US President George W. Bush in a political broadcast,
Iraq Olympic officials today said their athletes had been set up.…
foxsports.news.com.au/olympics/story/0,9744,10518253-35140,00.html

SADR Militia Still Controls Iraq Shrine -Witnesses
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – Shi'ite fighters appeared still to be in control
of a holy shrine in Najaf on Friday after Iraq's interim government said
it had…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=6032430

POLL: Many Americans believe Iraq had WMD
Al-Jazeera – Qatar
More than half of Americans, 54%, continue to believe Iraq had weapons
of mass destruction or a program to develop them before the US invaded
last year…
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/AFE04C88-B67D-494C-BE64-5D5B854B025B.htm

TWO US Marines Killed in Action in Iraq
Guardian – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Attackers ambushed a US patrol north of the Iraqi
capital on Friday, killing one American soldier and wounding four others,
while the US…
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4438111,00.html

DEVELOPMENTS in Iraq
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
Friday's developments in Iraq: —Militiamen loyal to rebel cleric Muqtada
al-Sadr removed weapons from the Imam Ali Shrine in Najaf in a step aimed
at ending…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V7773.AP-Iraq-Developmen.html

IRAQ: US Warplanes Strike Al-Najaf, Al-Fallujah As Al-Sadr Remains…
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
… take part. A flash point could be midday prayers today, which last
week triggered mass protests against Allawi across Iraq. Reports…
www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2004/08/3d06800c-40af-4970-a3f7-d3ce57408482.html

UPDATE 15: Oil Nears $50 a Barrel, Traders Eye Iraq
Forbes – USA
With $50-a-barrel in sight, oil traders were glued Friday to developments
in Iraq, where tensions between US forces and rebel fighters appeared
to ease…
www.forbes.com/business/healthcare/feeds/ap/2004/08/20/ap1513356.html

REPORT: US Command in Iraq Blamed for Prison Abuse
Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
… that the still-unfinished Army report on abuse at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib
prison will blame the misconduct on failures of leadership at the US command
in Iraq.…
www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=A7CCDED1-1D7B-4215-B7C36D6728CE6ACC

US Hostage Urges US to End Iraq Fighting-Jazeera
Reuters – USA
DUBAI (Reuters) – Micah Garen, an American held hostage in Iraq, appeared
in a videotape and called on the United States to stop the bloodshed in
the Iraqi…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6031527

UN remembers Iraq staff, a year after bombing
The Australian – Australia
… But his words held slim comfort for the relatives of the 22 people
who died in the blast, who included the senior UN envoy to Iraq, Sergio
Vieira de Mello.…
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,10515134%255E2703,00.html

POLL finds half of US residents think Iraq had weapon program
Dallas Morning News (subscription) – Dallas,TX,USA
About half of all Americans still think Iraq gave “substantial support”
to the al-Qaeda terror group and had at least a “major program” to build
weapons of…
www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/nation/stories/082004dnnatiraq.c8590.html

IRAN Urges Meeting on Iraq 'Catastrophe'
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
… Iran – Iranian President Mohammad Khatami called on Muslim countries
Friday to hold an urgent meeting to discuss the “catastrophe” in Iraq,
particularly the 2…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/world/9452419.htm

WILLIAM Pfaff: When the Marines make policy, Iraq burns
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
PARIS Argument over American policy in Iraq and the Middle East presumes
that there is a considered policy in Washington and that in Baghdad, people
are in…
www.iht.com/articles/534913.html

AMERICANS views on pre-war Iraq shifting
MSNBC – USA
WASHINGTON – Fifty-four percent of Americans surveyed in a poll released
Friday continue to believe Iraq had weapons of mass destruction or a program
to…
msnbc.msn.com/id/5769264/

TWO US Marines killed in western Iraq
Xinhua – China
¡¡BAGHDAD, Aug. 20 (Xinhuanet) — Two US Marines were killed in action
in Iraq's volatile Anbar province west of Baghdad, the US military said
Friday.…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/20/content_1839685.htm

IRAQ Combatants Offer Najaf Concessions, 77 Killed
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – A radical Shi'ite cleric and Iraq's interim prime
minister made gestures on Friday to defuse a two-week uprising in Najaf,
after…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6029584

OIL Futures Rise to Record as Iraq Fighting Threatens Exports
Bloomberg – USA
20 (Bloomberg) — Crude oil futures rose to a record, surpassing $49 a
barrel in New York, on concern clashes in southern Iraq between US troops
and Shiite…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=a6yFxMixRZac&refer=news_index

POLL: Many Still Link Iraq With WMD
Miami Herald (subscription) – Miami,FL,USA
WASHINGTON – More than half of Americans, 54 percent, continue to believe
Iraq had weapons of mass destruction or a program to develop them before
the United…
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/nation/9451641.htm

IRANIAN president calls for emergency OIC summit on Iraq crisis
Xinhua – China
… Khatamion Friday called on the Organization of the Islamic Conference
(OIC) to hold an emergency summit to find solutions to the deepening Iraq
crisis, the…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/20/content_1838500.htm

GLOBAL crude oil price near $49 on mounting Iraq violence
Hindustan Times – New Delhi,India
Global oil prices rallied to fresh highs on Friday with US crude approaching
$49, driven by escalating violence in Iraq and unabated demand growth
from China…
www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_959199,00020008.htm

THAI troops to pull out from Iraq
Xinhua – China
20 (Xinhuanet) — All Thai troops in Iraq will on next Friday pull out
of the country and head to Kuwait, the spokesman for Thai Defense Ministry
said here on…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/20/content_1837636.htm

IRAQ gives ultimatum to rebel Shiite cleric
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The two-week standoff between rebel cleric Muqtada al-Sadr
and US-led forces in Iraq's holiest city escalated Thursday with the Iraqi

www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/world/9449485.htm

MEDICAL staff blasted in Iraq prison abuse
San Jose Mercury News (subscription) – San Jose,CA,USA
US military medical personnel grossly abused medical ethics at Baghdad's
Abu Ghurayb prison, helping to design interrogation techniques, turning
their backs on…
www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/world/9449487.htm

TWO Iraqis killed by Dutch soldiers in south Iraq
Xinhua – China
… under fire. The Netherlands sent around 1,300 soldiers to Iraq and
they will stay in the war-torn country till March 2005. Enditem.
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/20/content_1837444.htm

IRAQ Pipeline to Refinery Damaged by Explosion, AFX Says
Bloomberg – USA
Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) — An oil pipeline in northern Iraq from Kirkuk to
the Baiji refinery was damaged by an explosion, hurting local oil distribution,
AFX news…
quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=aDM7mlbIXAnI&refer=top_world_news

'SA man in Iraq not dead'
News24 (subscription) – South Africa
Johannesburg – A South African man missing in Iraq was not known to be
dead, the Foreign Affairs Department said on Friday. Foreign…
www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_1576089,00.html

BREAKING: $8.8 Billion in Iraqi Funds Missing
www.truthout.org/docs_04/082004V.shtml

IRAQ Issues Ultimatum as Militia Stays Put
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
NAJAF, Iraq ˜ Cleric Muqtada Sadr and his militia refused to budge from
the Imam Ali Mosque here Thursday after the Iraqi government issued tough
new demands …<www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-najaf20aug20,1,2948280.story?coll=la-headlines-world

OIL Near $49 as Iraq Violence Escalates
Reuters – USA
LONDON (Reuters) – Global oil prices raced to fresh highs on Friday carrying
US crude close to $49 a barrel, driven by escalating violence in Iraq
and unabated…
www.reuters.com/financeNewsArticle.jhtml?type=businessNews&storyID=6027831

UN Marks Its Iraq Deaths
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… The events “touched me to the core.”. The UN had been absent from Iraq
since withdrawing its international staff after a second fatal attack
last autumn.…
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-un
20aug20,1,7165530.story?coll=la-headlines-world

IRAQ oil flows unchanged after attack on Basra HQ
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
BAGHDAD – Shi'ite militiamen struck at the center of Iraq 's oil industry
Thursday, setting the South Oil Company headquarters in the southern port
of Basra on…
www.abs-cbnnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?section=WORLD&oid=57748

OIL prices flare up amid Iraq violence
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… days. Those fears were amplified late in the day after Shiite militants
broke into the headquarters of Iraq's South Oil Co. and…
www.boston.com/business/markets/articles/2004/08/20/oil_prices_flare_up_amid_iraq_violence

AMERICANS must be supportive as Iraq rebuilds, Rice says
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… President Bush's foreign policies, national security adviser Condoleezza
Rice counseled Americans to be “less critical of every twist and turn”
in Iraq.…
www.boston.com/news/world/articles/2004/08/20/
americans_must_be_supportive_as_iraq_rebuilds_rice_says

DUTCH troops kill 2 people in Iraq
Expatica – Netherlands
… The Netherlands has 1,276 troops serving with the international stabilisation
force in Iraq. The Dutch are based in southern Iraq…
www.expatica.com/source/site_article.asp?subchannel_id=19&story_id=10864

IRAQ Oil Exports Stay at 1 Million Bpd for 11th Day
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq continued to export oil at one million barrels
a day on Friday, after an attack on the South Oil Company headquarters
brought sabotage…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=6026265

FIVE Killed in US Bombing of Iraq's Falluja
Reuters – USA
FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – A US bombing raid on the restive Iraqi town of
Falluja, west of Baghdad, overnight killed five people and wounded six,
a hospital…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=6025762

CLERIC defies Iraq's 'or else'
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
NAJAF, Iraq ˜ Backed by the US military, the government of interim Prime
Minister Ayad Allawi took on the Mahdi Army militia of radical cleric
Muqtada al…
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/0804/20iraq.html

U doctor: Ethics in Iraq questioned
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
… evidence of abuse,” said Lt. Col. Barry Johnson, US Army spokesman
for detainee operations in Iraq. In a related matter, two military…
www.startribune.com/stories/484/4937998.html

WHITE House pays tribute to UN envoy killed in Iraq
Xinhua – China
“Last year on this day, terrorists in Iraq turned their violence against
the UN headquarters in Baghdad, killing many innocent Iraqi … 19 last
year in Iraq.…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/20/content_1835302.htm

A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
19, 947 US service members have died since the beginning of military operations
in Iraq in March 2003, according to the Defense Department.…
www.boston.com/dailynews/233/nation/A_daily_look_at_U_S_military_d:.shtml

SOLDIER from Colorado killed in Iraq
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
By CATHERINE TSAI. GOLDEN, Colo. — A soldier who was killed in Iraq had
joined the Army nearly two years ago to earn money for college and wanted
to become a…
www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/ny-bc-ny—iraq
-soldierdeath0819aug19,0,3963457.story?coll=ny-ap-regional-wire

IRAQ Chief Gives 'Final Warning' to Rebel Cleric
New York Times – New York,NY,USA
By JOHN F. BURNS. AGHDAD, Iraq, Aug. 19 – Prime Minister Ayad Allawi gave
what he described as a final warning on Thursday to the…
www.nytimes.com/2004/08/20/international/middleeast/20iraq.html

OIL continues to climb as Iraq violence flares
Gulf Daily News – Manama,Bahrain
LONDON: Oil prices struck a fresh record above $48 a barrel yesterday,
spurred higher by renewed violence in Iraq and fresh evidence that strong
demand growth…
www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=89647&Sn=BUSI&IssueID=27153

EL Salvador sends new military contingent to Iraq
Xinhua – China
19 (Xinhuanet) — El Salvador on Thursday sent 150 soldiers to Iraq amid
threats from radical Islamist groups against the Central American country.

news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/20/content_1834788.htm

UN urges more efforts to identify missing Kuwaitis in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… UN Security Council on Thursday called on all parties concerned to
move forward with the international efforts to identify missing Kuwaitis
in Iraq during its…
news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/20/content_1834856.htm

DEVELOPMENTS in Iraq
Guardian – UK
… to hand control of a revered Najaf shrine to top Shiite religious authorities,
hours after US forces bombed militant positions and Iraq's interim Prime

www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4436283,00.html

IRAQ turmoil pushes oil near $49
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
… exports. Those fears were amplified late in the day after Shiite militants
broke into the headquarters of Iraq's South Oil Co. and…
www.startribune.com/stories/535/4937833.html

DOCTORS, medics 'in Iraq abuse'
NEWS.com.au – Australia
US military doctors in Iraq collaborated with interrogators in the abuse
of detainees at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison, breaching medical ethics
and human rights…
www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,10508248%255E1702,00.html

ALLAWI must face down the militias in Iraq
Telegraph.co.uk – London,England,UK
The interim prime minister, Iyad Allawi, and the Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr
are eyeball to eyeball over who wields ultimate authority in Iraq.…
www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/
2004/08/20/dl2001.xml&sSheet=/portal/2004/08/20/ixportal.html

IRAQ Makes 'Final Call' to Defiant Sadr on Najaf
Reuters – USA
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – US warplanes Thursday pounded areas near a holy
shrine where radical Shi'ite militia were holed up after their leader,
Moqtada al-Sadr…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=6023187

OIL Prices Hit New High Amid Iraq Violence
ABC News – USA
… days. Those fears were amplified late in the day after Shiite militants
broke into the headquarters of Iraq's South Oil Co. and…
abcnews.go.com/wire/Business/ap20040819_1900.html

STUDY outlines doctors', medics' role in Iraq prison abuses
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
London — Doctors working for the US military in Iraq collaborated with
interrogators in the abuse of detainees at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison,
profoundly…
www.newsday.com/news/health/ny-hstort0820,0,772529.story?coll=ny-top-headlines

OIL Hits New High as Iraq Violence Flares
Reuters – USA
LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices struck a fresh record just under $49 a barrel
on Thursday, spurred higher by renewed violence in Iraq and fresh evidence
that…
www.reuters.com/financeNewsArticle.jhtml?type=businessNews&storyID=6022940

IRAQ may swing votes in US polls
Straits Times – Singapore
And Iraq is likely to be the 'trump card' that most sways swing voters
in the November election, the survey by the independent Washington-based
Pew Research…
straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/topstories/story/0,4386,268068,00.html

WHEN SHOULD WE GET OUT OF IRAQ?
Yahoo News – USA
SAG HARBOR, NY — Long August afternoons at the beach just give my wife
more chance to ask me why I am not writing that we should get out of Iraq
(news – web…
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=123&ncid=742&e
=10&u=/ucrr/20040819/cm_ucrr/whenshouldwegetoutofiraq

IRAQ Oil Flows Unchanged After Basra HQ Attacked
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Shi'ite militiamen struck at the center of Iraq's oil
industry Thursday, setting the South Oil Company headquarters in the southern
port of…
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=6023159

A daily look at US military deaths in Iraq
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
19, 947 US service members have died since the beginning of military operations
in Iraq in March 2003, according to the Defense Department.…
www.boston.com/dailynews/232/nation/A_daily_look_at_U_S_military_d:.shtml

QAZI confident of Iraq elections in January
Daily Times – Pakistan
BAGHDAD: Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, UN‚s envoy to Iraq, said on Thursday he
was confident that elections would go ahead in Iraq in January, despite
concerns over…
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_20-8-2004_pg7_49

  
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