02 December 2019 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- Trump Heads to Summit Under Cloud of Impeachment VOA 02 Dec 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump is in London this week to attend the NATO summit as his impeachment fight back home enters a new phase.
- Milley Will Use Defense Strategy to Chart Way Ahead for Joint Force DoD News 02 Dec 2019 -- The National Defense Strategy will continue to be the lens through which the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff views the world, Army Gen. Mark A. Milley said.
- USS Harry S. Truman Operates in U.S. Sixth Fleet NNS 02 Dec 2019 -- The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is conducting operations in U.S. 6th Fleet to support maritime security operations in international waters, alongside our allies and partners.
- Navy awards Block V Virginia-class submarine contract NNS 02 Dec 2019 -- The Naval Sea Systems Command awarded a nine-ship -- eight with Virginia Payload Module (VPM) -- Block V contract to General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) Dec. 2. The contract includes an option for one additional submarine with VPM. The Block V contract is a $22.2-billion fixed-price incentive fee, multi-year procurement contract for fiscal years 2019 through 2023.
- Military Aviation Tracking Twitter Account Reports US Spy Plane Flew Over S. Korea VOA 02 Dec 2019 -- The United States reportedly flew a reconnaissance plane over South Korea on Monday, marking the second intelligence-gathering flyover this week, according to an aviation tracker cited by several South Korean news sources.
- France slams US for forcing own weapons on NATO allies Press TV 02 Dec 2019 -- France's defense chief has blasted the US for trying to force its NATO allies into purchasing American arms and equipment above anything else, days after President Emmanuel Macron held Washington to blame for the Western military bloc's "brain death."
- US Ratifies North Macedonia's Admission to NATO in Line With October Senate Vote - Pompeo Sputnik 02 Dec 2019 -- The United States has officially greenlighted North Macedonia's admission to NATO bringing the Balkan nation a step closer to full-fledged membership in the alliance, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday.
- State Department Launches Quick-Response Force Training and Competition in Senegal US Dept. of State 02 Dec 2019 -- The U.S. Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) and the government of Senegal today opened the SPEAR Summit Challenge, a five-day tactical law enforcement training and competition for U.S.-trained Special Program for Embassy Augmentation and Response (SPEAR) teams from across Africa.
- Military Source Sheds Light on Cost and Design of New Russian Aircraft Carrier Sputnik 02 Dec 2019 -- The Russian Navy currently possesses only one heavy aircraft cruiser "Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Kuznetsov" with a displacement of 58,600 tonnes.
- Batch Production of Russia's Ka-62 Multirole Helicopters to Start in 2020 - Manufacturer Sputnik 02 Dec 2019 -- Russia's new medium multirole Ka-62 helicopter made its maiden flight in May 2017, and its certification is expected to be finalised in 2020.
- Russia to Create New Radar Field Against Cruise Missiles Sputnik 02 Dec 2019 -- At the moment, the country is using several types of early-warning radars, providing long-distance monitoring of airspace against ballistic missile attacks. The military reportedly plans to replace older systems with Voronezh by 2020.
- Coast Guard intensifies maritime patrols near Hong Kong Global Times 02 Dec 2019 -- The China Coast Guard has launched frequent patrols in waters between South China's Guangdong Province and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
- Chinese troops head to Pakistan for joint drills Global Times 02 Dec 2019 -- The China Coast Guard has launched frequent patrols in waters between South China's Guangdong Province and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
- Chinese military exploring new ways of replenishment support at sea People's Daily 02 Dec 2019 -- The Taihu, a military supply ship, conducted a replenishment docking with civilian container ship Fuzhou in an offshore area in mid-November amid the Chinese People's Liberation Army's (PLA) exploration of new ways to replenish ships at sea, the PLA Daily reported Monday.
- Made in America: Iran's Military Successfully Flying Old Lockheed Patrol Aircraft Sputnik 02 Dec 2019 -- Despite its arguably aged military arsenal, Iran seems to be pretty good at maintaining American partrollers to keep a keen eye on what's going on in the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, which has of late seen a number of tanker attacks.
- Erdogan to Highlight Syrian Refugee Issue at NATO Summit VOA 02 Dec 2019 -- Syria is set to top the agenda of talks Tuesday between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and French, British and German leaders on the sidelines of the London NATO summit.
- Turkey to get deal done on Russia's S-400, US threats notwithstanding Press TV 02 Dec 2019 -- Turkey says it will complete the purchase of the second set of the Russian S-400 missile system despite repeated warnings from Washington that a deal could lead to sanctions.
- Turkey Still Undecided on Buying Russia's Su-35 Jets - Defence Industries Directorate Sputnik 02 Dec 2019 -- Turkey is carefully studying the characteristics of the Russian Su-35 fighter jets, but it is too early to speak about the procurement of these aircraft, the head of the country's Defence Industries Directorate, Ismail Demir, said.
- Purchase of Russia's S-400 by Turkey Will Boost NATO - Erdogan's Office Sputnik 02 Dec 2019 -- Russia started deliveries of the air defence systems to Turkey in July, and they are expected to become fully operational by April 2020, according to Ankara.
- Diplomatic Realism, Restraint, and Respect in Latin America US Dept. of State 02 Dec 2019 -- Speech by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
- 2 December 2019 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 02 Dec 2019
- Eight children among 11 killed in Turkish shelling on Syria's Aleppo: Observatory Press TV 02 Dec 2019 -- Turkish military forces have claimed the lives of at least 11 civilians, including eight children, in an artillery attack that struck near a school in the northwestern Syrian province of Aleppo.
- Russian, Government Air Strikes Kill 15 Civilians In Northwest Syria RFE/RL 02 Dec 2019 -- At least 15 civilians were killed on December 2 when Syrian and Russian jets hit areas in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, a monitoring group says.
- Airstrikes in Syria Kill at Least 20 Near School, Markets VOA 02 Dec 2019 -- Separate airstrikes in Syria, suspected of being carried out by the Syrian government and Turkey, have killed at least 20 people, according to activists.
- Bomb blast targets Russian armored vehicle in northwestern Syria, three servicemen injured Press TV 02 Dec 2019 -- Three Russian military police officers have sustained slight injuries when an explosion targeted their armored vehicle in Syria's northwestern province of Aleppo, as Russian and Turkish troops were conducting a new joint ground patrol under a deal that stipulates the withdrawal of Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militants from a "safe zone" along Syria's border with Turkey.
- Defence Ministry Dismisses NYT Report on Russia 'Bombing' Syrian Refugee Camp in August Sputnik 02 Dec 2019 -- The NYT wrote 1 December that "eyewitness photos and videos, flight logs and cockpit tapes obtained by The Times enabled reporters to trace an airstrike on a Syrian camp for displaced families to a Russian pilot."
- Russian Police Armoured Vehicle in Syria Targeted by Pipe Bomb - Defence Ministry Sputnik 02 Dec 2019 -- Kobane, officially known as Ayn al-Arab, was one of the centres of the self-proclaimed Kurdish autonomy in Syria's north. The US military left bases near Kobane following the launch of Turkey's Operation Peace Spring. After talks with the Kurds, the Syrian Army entered the city.
- Russian Military Police on Patrol in Syria's Aleppo, Raqqa Provinces Sputnik 02 Dec 2019 -- The Russian military police continue patrolling Syria's provinces of Aleppo and Raqqa along the border with Turkey as part of the Russia-Turkey deal over the buffer zone in northern Syria, Major General Yuri Borenkov, the head of the Defence Ministry's Reconciliation Centre in Syria, said on Sunday.
- Hamas: Palestinians entitled to defending homeland, by 'armed struggle' in particular Press TV 02 Dec 2019 -- The resistance movement Hamas has reiterated that the Palestinian people have an inalienable "right" to defend their land against the Israeli occupation through all "legitimate means," particularly "the armed struggle."
- Russian Foreign Minister, Azerbaijani President Discuss Karabakh Settlement RFE/RL 02 Dec 2019 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the frozen conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh with President Ilham Aliyev on the first day of his visit to Azerbaijan on December 2.
- Myanmar Rights Commission Declines to Conduct Rakhine Abuse Investigation Radio Free Asia 02 Dec 2019 -- Myanmar's human rights commission will not investigate alleged abuses committed against civilian detainees in war-ravaged northern Rakhine state, including deaths in custody of the government military, unless the army first finds soldiers guilty of such abuse, two lawmakers who requested probes told RFA's Myanmar Service on Monday.
- Mixed Reviews For Aung San Suu Kyi's Plan to Defend Myanmar in Rohingya Genocide Case Radio Free Asia 02 Dec 2019 -- The looming Rohingya genocide case against Myanmar at the U.N.'s top court has brought shows of support for state counselor and defense team leader Aung San Suu Kyi from her ruling party and some ethnic groups, but many say Myanmar's army deserves to be held to account for its decades of brutal campaigns against its own citizens.
- Political solution 'long overdue' to protect the children of eastern Ukraine UN News 02 Dec 2019 -- Nearly half a million children in eastern Ukraine continue to face "grave risks" to their physical health and psychological well-being, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday.
- India Accuses Pakistan of 950 Instances of Cross-Border Fire in Last 90 Days Sputnik 02 Dec 2019 -- India and Pakistan have been engaged in massive cross border firing since February, after 40 Indian soldiers were killed in a terror attack on the Indian side of Kashmir. New Delhi accused Pakistan of sponsoring terrorism in Kashmir. Islamabad has categorically rejected the charge at several forums.
- 'Continuing deterioration' leaves Mali facing critical security level: UN expert UN News 02 Dec 2019 -- Security in Mali has become critical, with unprecedented incidents of communal violence and increasingly more deadly terror attacks, reported a UN human rights expert on Monday, following a 10-day visit to the country.
- Greek Prime Minister Says Turkish Gas Drilling Undermining EU Energy Efforts - Reports Sputnik 02 Dec 2019 -- During a meeting of EU leaders at a crucial United Nations climate change summit in Madrid on 2 December, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis condemned Turkish hydrocarbon drilling off the coast of Cyprus, arguing that it undermined EU efforts to embrace renewable energy sources, the Kathimerini newspaper reported.
- Trump Says Won't Send Lawyer to Impeachment Hearing VOA 02 Dec 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump says he will not be sending a lawyer to Wednesday's House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing "because the whole thing is a hoax."
- Trump, lawyers won't participate in impeachment hearing: White House Press TV 02 Dec 2019 -- US President Donald Trump and his lawyers will not participate in a congressional impeachment hearing this week due to a lack of "fundamental fairness," according to a letter from the White House to Democratic lawmakers.
- Trump's Decision Not To Participate In Impeachment Hearing 'Unfortunate,' Says Committee Chairman RFE/RL 02 Dec 2019 -- The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Jerrold Nadler, has called President Donald Trump's decision not to take part in hearings that could lead to his impeachment "unfortunate."
- Zelenskiy Denies Reports Of Deal To Investigate Trump's Political Rival RFE/RL 02 Dec 2019 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has denied in an interview with several magazines that there had been a quid-pro-quo deal with U.S. President Donald Trump to investigate the latter's political rival, ex-vice president Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter.
- Nadler: 'Unfortunate' That Trump Refuses to Participate in Impeachment Hearing Sputnik 02 Dec 2019 -- US House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) issued a statement Monday, calling it "unfortunate" that US President Donald Trump declined to participate in a Wednesday impeachment hearing.
- Putin and Xi oversee launch of Russian gas pipeline to China Press TV 02 Dec 2019 -- The leaders of Russia and China have overseen the inauguration of a landmark pipeline project, which is set to be delivering Russian natural gas from Siberia to China, as Beijing and Moscow move to strengthen economic and political relations.
- Russia, China Launch 'Historic' Gas Pipeline RFE/RL 02 Dec 2019 -- Russia and China have cemented their cooperation in the energy sphere with the launch of the first gas pipeline linking the world's biggest natural-gas exporter and the second-largest economy.
- One In Five Russians 'Willing To Participate In Political Protests' RFE/RL 02 Dec 2019 -- One in five Russians are willing to take part in mass political demonstrations, a new poll shows, in a sign of continued discontent with the country's leaders after a summer marked by demonstrations.
- FBI Declares Russian Software FaceApp a Counterintelligence Threat Sputnik 03 Dec 2019 -- The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) treats any Russian-developed mobile application, including a popular FaceApp software, as a counterintelligence threat, FBI Assistant Director Jill Tyson said in a letter.
- Pompeo warns Europe against allowing 'Chinese tech giants' build 5G networks Press TV 02 Dec 2019 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned against European states allowing companies with Chinese links from constructing 5G networks across the continent.
- Department of Justice Announces Arrest of United States Citizen for Assisting North Korea in Evading Sanctions US Dept. of Justice 02 Dec 2019 -- The Department of Justice announced the unsealing of a criminal complaint charging Virgil Griffith, a United States citizen, with violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) by traveling to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea ("DPRK" or "North Korea") in order deliver a presentation and technical advice on using cryptocurrency and blockchain technology to evade sanctions. Griffith was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019 and will be presented in federal court today.
- China, Iran agree to uphold nuclear deal, deepen bilateral relations Global Times 02 Dec 2019 -- China and Iran have reached agreements on the Iran nuclear issue and vowed to keep deepening their ties amid the difficulties and challenges caused by the US sanctions and withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
- Beijing, Tehran reach broad consensus under JCPOA IRNA 02 Dec 2019 -- Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying referred to the recent trip by Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi to China, saying two countries have so far reached broad consensus under the nuclear deal.
- China, Iran agree to uphold JCPOA ISNA 02 Dec 2019 -- China and Iran have agreed to uphold the 2015 nuclear deal and the two sides reached several agreements on Sunday after talks.
- Araghchi: JCPOA an international win-win agreement IRNA 02 Dec 2019 -- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi who arrived in Tokyo on Monday said that the JCPOA was a win-win political agreement reached through a constructive international agreement.
- Iran says IAEA must remain impartial, rejects forceful, unilateral measures Press TV 02 Dec 2019 -- Iran has stressed the need for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to act impartially under its new chief, Rafael Grossi, saying the UN nuclear watchdog should avoid forceful and unilateral measures.
- Zarif: Instead of 'paper promises', Europe must fulfill its human duty toward Iranians Press TV 02 Dec 2019 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has taken European countries to task for not fulfilling their promises to counteract the impact of US sanctions against Iran following Washington's withdrawal from Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers, asking Europeans to at least carry out their 'minimal human duty' toward Iranians.
- Israeli PM cries fouls as more EU states join Iran trade system Press TV 02 Dec 2019 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has slammed European countries for joining a new mechanism aimed at maintaining trade with Iran despite US sanctions.
- Iran arrests 79 rioters in Khuzestan: Intelligence Ministry Press TV 02 Dec 2019 -- Iran's Intelligence Ministry says the country's security forces have arrested 79 main elements behind recent riots, which erupted in several cities following a government decision to increase gasoline price, in the southern province of Khuzestan.
- Iran Judiciary chief: Riot losses should be compensated Press TV 02 Dec 2019 -- Iran's Judiciary chief Ebrahim Raeisi says those who suffered human or material losses during the recent foreign-backed riots will have to be compensated.
- 'At Least 208' Killed In Iran Unrest, Says Amnesty International RFE/RL 02 Dec 2019 -- At least 208 people are believed to have been killed during last month's crackdown on protests in Iran that followed fuel-price hikes, Amnesty International said on December 2.
- Iranian banks selling $1.4bn in assets amid overhaul: Report Press TV 02 Dec 2019 -- Nearly $1.4 billion in assets owned by 18 Iranian banks are being sold as the banking system in the country goes through a massive restructuring program meant to make it more efficient.
- Iran Still Selling Oil Despite U.S. Sanctions, Says Vice President RFE/RL 02 Dec 2019 -- Iranian Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri was quoted by state television as saying that American pressure on Tehran has failed and Iran is still selling its oil despite U.S. sanctions on its exports.
- China sanctions US over HK Global Times 02 Dec 2019 -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced the first wave of countermeasures against the US on Monday since the US passed and signed the so-called Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act and continued its interference in China's domestic affairs in the city.
- HK police to recruit 1,815 officers to deal with unrest Global Times 02 Dec 2019 -- Hong Kong police aim to recruit 1,815 officers by March in a bid to better safeguard the city which has been troubled by six months of social unrest, and encourage those who share the city's determination to uphold the rule of law and protect the city to join the service.
- HK set to report first budget deficit in 15 years Global Times 02 Dec 2019 -- Hong Kong is poised to experience the first budget deficit in 15 years in the fiscal year that ends in March 2020, as months of riots are battering hurting Hong Kong's traditional economic sectors, like retail and catering, that were normally big tax contributors, experts said.
- Chinese people will not be intimidated by any threats People's Daily 02 Dec 2019 -- The U.S. has signed the so-called Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 into law recently regardless of the solemn representations and strong opposition from China.
- Instigating violence is doomed to fail People's Daily 02 Dec 2019 -- The U.S. recently signed the so-called Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 into law, regardless of the solemn opposition from China.
- US-China trade deal 'stalled' over Hong Kong legislation: US media Press TV 02 Dec 2019 -- A trade deal between United States and China was now stalled after President Donald Trump signed into law a legislation supporting anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous territory, according to US media reports.
- China suspends US military visits to Hong Kong, bans NGOs in protest at Congress bills Press TV 02 Dec 2019 -- China has suspended the review of requests by American military ships to visit Hong Kong after the US Congress passed two bills in support of violent anti-government protests in the Chinese financial hub.
- China Announces Sanctions Against U.S. Over Support For Hong Kong Protests Radio Free Asia 02 Dec 2019 -- Beijing on Monday said it would target U.S.-based NGOs and suspend naval visits to Hong Kong in retaliation for the passing of the Human Rights and Democracy Act by Washington last month.
- China Retaliates After US Legislation Supports Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Movement VOA 02 Dec 2019 -- A trade deal between the U.S. and China has stalled because of newly signed U.S. bipartisan legislation supporting pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, according to the news website Axios.
- Trump Optimistic on China Trade Deal, Despite Differences on Hong Kong VOA 02 Dec 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump is striking an optimistic tone on reaching a trade deal with China, despite Beijing's opposition to a law Trump recently signed that expresses support for pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong.
- Scholars spreading rumors about Uyghur detention work for US intel agency: spokesperson Global Times 02 Dec 2019 -- In an exclusive interview with the Global Times, the spokesperson of Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region said on Monday that scholars who spread rumors that a million people were detained in the region actually work for the US intelligence agency, and they cooperate with anti-China forces in the US to smear China's Xinjiang policies.
- So-called Xinjiang detainees lie on 'victims' stories about training centers: regional govt Global Times 02 Dec 2019 -- In an exclusive interview with the Global Times, the spokesperson of Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on Monday refuted the recent fake stories of so-called victims of training centers in Xinjiang, including Mihrigul Tursun and Sayragul Sauytbay, who claimed some "detainees were tortured" and were restricted to use the toilets in the centers.
- China Revises GDP Accounting as Growth Fades Radio Free Asia 02 Dec 2019 -- After years of international criticism of its economic growth claims, China is pushing back with a grassroots reform effort and a massive review of the country's performance since 2014.
- Will China accept sub-6% GDP growth? Global Times 02 Dec 2019 -- Some economists forecast China's economic growth may fall below 6 percent next year. These forecasts come as the global economy sees stagnation with weak growth in some nations.
- Xi stresses modernization of China's emergency management system, capability People's Daily 02 Dec 2019 -- Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, has underscored efforts to further modernize the system and capability of China's emergency management by giving full play to the system's features and advantages.
- Riot Police Win Back Control of Protest Town in China's Guangdong Radio Free Asia 02 Dec 2019 -- Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have shelved plans to build a public crematorium near Huazhou city after clashes between protesters and riot police firing tear gas and wielding batons.
- Ex-defense chief calls for swift passage of anti-infiltration law CNA 02 Dec 2019 -- A former defense minister of Taiwan on Monday called on lawmakers to swiftly pass an anti-infiltration law to prevent Chinese interference in the nation's politics.
- Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker US Dept. of State 02 Dec 2019 -- Special Briefing by David Schenker, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
- Senior State Department Official On the Developing Situation in Iraq US Dept. of State 02 Dec 2019
- Israel's Attorney General Slaps Formal Indictment Against Netanyahu Sputnik 02 Dec 2019 -- The indictment arrived amid an ongoing political crunch in the country, where doubt has been cast on the prime minister's potential immunity as he is negotiating a coalition with adversarial politician Benny Gantz.
- Pakistan to Repay $93.5Mln Debt to Russia on Former Soviet Union's Operations Sputnik 02 Dec 2019 -- Russia and Pakistan signed an agreement to settle mutual financial claims and obligations on operations of the former Soviet Union, according to which Pakistan will repay the debt to Russia in the amount of $93.5 million, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the signing ceremony.
- Mexican president defends decision to grant former Bolivian leader political asylum Press TV 02 Dec 2019 -- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defends granting political asylum to Bolivia's ex-leader, who stepped down under the military's pressure last month, saying Evo Morales was the "victim of a coup d'état."
- Cambodia Court Claims 'Adequate Evidence' to Send Kem Sokha to Trial For Treason Radio Free Asia 02 Dec 2019 -- The former head of Cambodia's opposition party, Kem Sokha, will have to face trial for treason, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court said Monday, despite the easing of restrictions on his house arrest last month and requests by his lawyers to drop his case.
- Kyrgyz Security Committee Calls In PM, RFE/RL Journalists For Questioning After Corruption Report RFE/RL 02 Dec 2019 -- Kyrgyzstan's National Security Committee said it will question Prime Minister Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev, along with parliamentary deputies and journalists, including two from RFE/RL, over possible wide-scale corruption in the country's customs service and massive outflows of cash.
- Azerbaijan's Parliament Approves Proposal To Dissolve, Setting Path For Snap Polls RFE/RL 02 Dec 2019 -- Azerbaijan's National Assembly, dominated by the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (YAP), has approved a proposal to dissolve parliament and ask President Ilham Aliyev, the leader of the party, to call snap general polls.
- On Uruguay's Presidential Elections US Dept. of State 02 Dec 2019
- Elections to Test Uzbekistan's Commitment to Democratic Reform VOA 02 Dec 2019 -- After three years of steady but piecemeal reforms, the government of Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev faces its most demanding test yet -- to persuade the international community through parliamentary and local elections on Dec. 22 that it is truly committed to democratic change.
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