The Killing of al-Masri, Top Al-Qaeda Officer

Abu Mohammed al-Masri, second in command of al-Quada

Another triumph for Trump is largely ignored, but his strategy with Iran works. Who was Al Masri? Brad Johnson provides his insight and analysis of this development in the war against global terrorism.

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so brad johnson it’s november the 16th
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and a few days ago there was a piece of
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amazing news
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which has been staggeringly
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underreported
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and certainly not reported properly
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because it was a great victory for
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president trump who i believe
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tasked the israelis to take out the
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number two
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al-qaeda guy in the world who was in
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iran at the time presumably as a guest
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of the iranians now my guess would be
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my guess would be the reason they don’t
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report it is because it would show that
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president trump’s policies on iran were
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correct
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whereas the democrat policies of
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supporting iran were
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are a catastrophe and that it makes
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trump look good
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which he typically is on all matters of
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national security
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so you know what can you tell us about
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this particular
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triumph and what it means please
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you’ve laid it out very nicely took from
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the groundwork for this and that’s
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precisely right uh this is a uh
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now i can say i wasn’t involved in this
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operation and so
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don’t know the people that were involved
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in the operation so that lets me be safe
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to comment on it since i don’t know for
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a fact
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but just based on experience i you know
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i can tell you more or less what
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happened and
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certainly this would be something very
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likely based on cia
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information where all masri was located
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and i don’t think where he
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his being in iran was particularly a
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secret
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it was one of those things that uh was
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where he
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he needed to be located versus a
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specific location versus
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uh you know knowing what country he was
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in
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so uh al-masri was the number two in al
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qaeda after osama bin laden
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was killed uh dr ayman al-zawahiri
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who was long the number two and also the
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operational head he was the one that
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ran the show and osama bin laden was
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more of the finance and figurehead
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uh so dr eyman then was the one that
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moved up to number one
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and behind him eventually backfilled
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this almasri he was the number two
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kind of as a setting i mean just so
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people understand these
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these people are all interrelated and uh
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al masri’s
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wife at least one of them was osama bin
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laden’s daughter
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so he was again you know related and
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family member and probably that would be
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one of the reasons why he would have
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been moved up to
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uh serve as the second man and he would
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have likely been handling
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uh most of the sort of day-to-day
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operations you know
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move this money here attack over there
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establish
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these relationships with these
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terrorists give them these guns to go do
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that attack
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those sorts of day-to-day operations
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would have been his role
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his being killed is quite significant
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and very helpful now
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not saying it’s a devastating blow there
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are others
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in that leadership pipeline that will be
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able to step up so
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uh he is somebody that’s going to be
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replaced but each time
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you take these people out like we’ve
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been doing with al qaeda
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it gets harder and harder and harder to
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replace them now the operation itself
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was
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as i said probably a joint particularly
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the intelligence part
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coming from the united states when it
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was shared with israel and israel was in
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a position
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had a team that could effectively
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operate in iran
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uh which by the way an interesting
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little tidbit of this you know the
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al-qaeda
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and and iranians are on opposite sides
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of the
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sunni shia split so they’re generally
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thought not to be able to cooperate but
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this isn’t
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an example i often talk about this they
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hate each other and kill each other but
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they also cooperate
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and this is one of those areas of
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cooperation and where we see iran
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definitely supporting worldwide
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terrorism it’s more important for
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iranians
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to support worldwide terrorism than it
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is to worry about a divide within the
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muslim world
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so uh and this is this is proof of it
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so the operation then would have been
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laid out something like that and for the
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actual
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shooting it was two guys on a motorcycle
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one in the back the shooter and the
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driver and all monster he was in his
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vehicle and in order to pull that off
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that means they they would have had to
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had
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uh some level of surveillance so they
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knew where
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el mosri lived or worked or some place
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that he was on on a routine basis had
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the
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motorcycle team waiting driving around
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or or someplace sitting out of sight
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and had a team then uh call almasri out
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of this location that they were
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surveilling
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he pulls out the car the motorcycle
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comes up finds them there may have been
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another vehicle or two involved probably
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motorcycles
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uh just because in that traffic in that
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area motorcycles are easy to use
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and used to assassinate people all over
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the world all the time this is a
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kind of standard procedure for this type
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of operation
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so that was how it was they
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pulled up next to the vehicle and the
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shooter in the back
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killed all monsters and that that was
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how the operation was done and then
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everybody would have
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uh had plans to flee the country so the
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team israeli team would have left
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clearly successfully got out or they
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would have been
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beheaded marched around town by now so
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they had everything
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laid on to either travel legally under
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some means or uh or exfiltrated out of
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the country something along those lines
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so
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a very successful operation big big
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victory for
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uh president trump and i agree with you
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completely that that’s the reason
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it has been so badly uh underreported
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but nevertheless
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a serious blow to al-qaeda who is still
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a dangerous organization and still has
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resources
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and capabilities so a good day for the
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good guys
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and now al masri i think is arabic for
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the egyptian so i think we can guess
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where he’s from
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but yes he is egyptian that’s true as is
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i’m an al-zawahiri
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okay interesting and uh i i think i read
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somewhere that he was the guy that
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that planned and masterminded as it were
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the attacks on the two african us
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embassies
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that’s right he’s that guy and pot was
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he also involved in the uss cole
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or the u.s call uh
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you know that sounds familiar too that
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one i’m not so sure of but that
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that could be as well i’m not positive
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i’m sorry it was around the same time so
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i wouldn’t surprise yes but
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but uh certainly the fact that he’s the
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guy that that
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that planted detonated explosives in two
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u.s embassies in africa
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i think that’s it’s this has been a long
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long long overdue so it’s terrific to
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hear that they got them
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thank you very much for that brett thank
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you
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