"I am one of the
servants of Allah. We do our duty of fighting for the sake of
the religion of Allah. It is also our duty to send a call to
all the people of the world to enjoy this great light and to embrace
Islam and experience the happiness in Islam. Our primary
mission is nothing but the furthering of this religion."
Osama bin Laden, May 1998
Aside from pursuing mass murder
plots against innocent populations in every corner of the planet,
Islamic terrorists have one other thing in common:
They credit their motivation and success to religion.
Islam isn't hijacked by extremists
- it is what sustains them. This distinguishes Islamic
terrorism from mere criminal activity, and it is part of what makes Islam so
very, very different from other religions.
Many people would prefer to bury
their heads in the sand or look for ways to recast Islamic terror to
fit their own political agenda, but the fact is that violent Muslims
are quite explicit about the religious certainty that compels and
justifies their actions.
The teachings and early history of Islam
that explain the violence are discussed elsewhere on this site. Here we just want to
show that, as far as Islamic terrorists are concerned, their acts
are done specifically in the name of Allah and for the cause of Islam
and Islamic rule... across the globe.
[The Taliban are] "a
simply band of dedicated youths determined to establish the laws of
Allah on earth... The Taliban will fight until there is no blood in
Afghanistan left to shed, and Islam becomes a way of life four our
Mullah Omar, Taliban leader
is based on religion. We hate Americans for their secular
Ihsan explaining why his group of terrorists are opposed to the
American presence in Afghanistan.
"In the name of
Allah the Avenger, I swear on the holy book to perform my sacred
duty as a soldier of Islam in this Jihad to restore to this world
the light of divine justice... Allah demands no less. For to
die in the cause is to be sent immediately to paradise."
A Taliban official.
“But the coming
Islamic caliphate country will not rise except at the hands of the
fighting sect who raises the flag of Allah and Jihad.”
Statement from the
Salafi terrorist group, one of several fundamentalist cells
responsible for the slaughter of 150,000 men women and children in
"Our Jihad consists of killing and
dispersing all those who fight against Allah and his Prophet."
"Throat-slitting and murder until
the power is Allah's!"
from leaders of the Armed Islamic Group (GIA). The first
spoken by Sid Ahmed Mourad, the second from Abdelkader Hattab.
“The month of
Ramadan is a month of holy war and death for Allah. It is a
month for fighting the enemies of Allah.”
'Base of Jihad' , taking credit for
the brutal suicide bombing of a bus full of innocent tourists.
“Islam came for the
good of humanity. So if someone doesn't like good we fight
Faruq Khalil Muhammad, explaining
why he supports terrorism against infidels.
“True resistance is
helped by Allah the Supreme and the battles are for His just cause”
Abu Hafs, Mujahideen
and one of the region’s most prolific killer
“I ask you to step
up Jihad against enemies of Allah... Destroy Allah's enemies
wherever you have them, wherever your hands reach you may open a
front... When there is a total war, there are no more civilian
objects or civilian population"
a leader who has taken personal responsibility for dozens of terror
attacks in which many civilians were left dead.
“We are working
until we make Allah's religion supreme and we live a precious life
in the shadow of Islamic Shariah law, or else be rewarded with
martyrdom in the cause of Allah. We are plotting for the Chinese to
suffer the torture of Allah, or else by our hands”
Abdul Haq, leader of
the Turkistan Islamic Party, which took credit for the hacking to
death of 33 commuters at a Chinese train station.
"I ask Allah that
the next season he’ll give us the opportunity to kill as many kafirs
[non-believers] as we can, just to shred them to pieces. Allah
an Islamic militant fighting in Dagestan
Terrorism is killing non-believers... for the
sake of Allah
Dagestani 'rebel' speaking on camera.
"There is nothing
more right in God's religion (Islam) than those who speak of the
infidelity, reneging on Islam and abandonment of religion, and call
for the necessity to fight"
Abu Mohammed al-Adnani,
an al-Qaeda spokesperson
"Allah is our
objective, the Quran is our Constitution, the Prophet is our leader,
Jihad is our way, and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of
Credo of the Muslim
Brotherhood, which has spawned attacks and numerous subsidiary
“It's a religious
war with those who are unbelievers in the mission of Muhammad...
especially for the purpose of advancing Islam and repelling evil
Abu Jindal Hamza explaining why he
helped slaughter 166 people in Mumbai
“Democracy is among
the menaces we inherited from an alien government. It is part of
the system we are fighting against… It is not possible to work
within a democracy and establish an Islamic system… If Allah gives
us a chance, we will try to bring in the pure concept of an Islamic
"The notion of the
sovereignty of the people is anti-Islamic. Only Allah is
Saeed, the leader of the Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist organization.
Yes! We -
the terrorists of India – THE INDIAN MUJAHIDEEN, - the militia of
Islam whose each and every Mujahid belongs to this very soil of
India - have returned, to execute the compulsion of Allah:
"Fight them (the disbelievers), Allah will punish them by your hands
and bring them to disgrace, and give you victory over them and He
will heal the hearts of those who believe." (Qur'an 9:14).
Here we begin ... raising the illustrious banner of Jihad against
the Hindus and all those who fight and resist us...
All Praise and Glory be to Allah, Who Alone Helps His slaves, Who
Alone Fulfils His Promise, and Who Alone Defeats the enemy....
While hoping for the Help and Victory from Allah we declare that
such and more severe attacks shall continue irrespective of what the
blamers blame us for.
We ask Allah to forgive us and Have Mercy on us and Aid us to
conquer the unbelievers and Guide us to raise His Word and
degrade His enemies with His Will Alone.
The hosts (of the Kafir) will all be routed and will turn and
flee. [Qur’an 54: 45].
And peace be upon His Messenger, and all those who follow the
Mujahideen, claiming credit for a brutal series of bombings that
left dozens of civilians dead and hundreds more in agony.
“Those who know nothing
of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those
who say this are witless. Islam says: 'Kill all the unbelievers just
as they would kill you all! Kill them, put them to the sword and
scatter their armies'....
"Islam says: Whatever good there is exists
thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword! People cannot be
made obedient except with the sword! The sword is the key to
paradise, which can be opened only for holy warriors!
"There are hundreds of other [Koranic] psalms and hadiths urging
Muslims to value war and to fight. Does all that mean that Islam is
a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those
foolish souls who make such a claim.'”
“We planned to kill
for the sake of upholding Islamic Sharia and the establishment of a
Captured terrorist, Bayu Setiono,
who was busted along with five other members of an Islamic school
for plotting deadly attacks.
“Keep on fighting
for the application of Islamic law. If this state and nation wants
to become great, safe, and at peace then it has to return to Islam
one hundred percent without bargaining. If not, then it will be
Abu Bakar Bashir,
spiritual leader of the Indonesian Mujahideen
“There is no doubt
that Allah commanded us to strike the Kuffar (unbelievers), kill
them, and fight them by all means necessary to achieve the goal. The
servants of Allah who perform Jihad to elevate the word (laws) of
Allah, are permitted to use any and all means necessary to strike
the active unbeliever combatants for the purpose of killing them,
snatch their souls from their body, cleanse the earth from their
abomination, and lift their trial and persecution of the servants of
Allah. The goal must be pursued even if the means to accomplish it
affect both the intended active fighters and unintended passive ones
such as women, children and any other passive category specified by
Statement by the
head of Jama'at al-Tawid wal-Jihad ("Group for Monotheism and
Jihad"), a Sunni terrorist known for bloody massacres, including 86
Shiites at a mosque.
“My motivation is a
sense of duty toward my religious faith to fight against any hostile
enemy of Islam.”
Abu Deraa, Shiite
terrorist known for drilling into captive’s heads
"We are defending
Islam and its sanctity”
A woman training to be
a suicide bomber
Prophet, the master of the merciful has ordered to cut off the heads
of some of the prisoners of Badr in patience. He is our
example and a good role model."
Muasa'b al-Zarqawi speaking moments before beheading an abducted
Resistance Movement: Islam is its way. It is from Islam that it
derives its ideas, concepts, and perceptions concerning the
universe, life, and man, and it refers to Islam's judgment in all
its actions. It is from Islam that it seeks direction so as to
The covenant of Hamas,
a terrorist organization that enjoys widespread popularity in the Islamic
world despite brutal massacres of Israeli men, women and children.
"It was a calculated act, performed with conviction and faith in
Allah... I dedicated myself to Jihad for the sake of Allah and Allah
granted me success. Do you know how many casualties there
were? That was made possible by Allah."
Ahlam Tamimi, one of
the bombers who slaughtered fifteen innocents, including six
children at a Sbarro's pizza parlor.
"When your Lord
revealed to the angels: I am with you, therefore make firm those who
believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve.
Therefore strike off their heads and strike off the fingertip of
Literature from the
wa'l-Jihad Salafi group in Gaza quoting from the Quran to justify
sending rockets haphazardly into Israeli population centers.
"I am proud and honored to be a terrorist for the sake of Allah...
This is Islamic religious law. I don't invent anything. I follow
Islamic religious law in this."
Umm Nidal, a woman who sent her six
sons on suicide missions against Jewish civilians
“Terrorism is a
badge of honor on our chests until Judgment Day. In the name
of Allah, we’re pursuing the path of jihad until we uproot you,
exterminate your state until the rule of the king vanishes. We
follow the steps of the Prophet (Muhammad)... Allah is our Lord; you
leader of the cell that plotted a chemical weapons attack intended
to kill 80,000 Jordanians
"Our people... are
fighting disbelievers amongst their own just like the Prophet,
Allah’s peace and prayer be upon him, fought his people. The
Prophet, Allah’s peace and prayer be upon him, didn’t start with
fighting the Romans or the Persians, but he started by fighting his
people and made the criterion in that to be this religion."
leader of the cell that plotted a chemical weapons attack intended
to kill 80,000 Jordanians
"Only Kuffar were
singled out for this attack... Oh Allah, plant firmly our feet and
give us victory over the disbelieving people."
Twitter explaining why they were shooting non-Muslim shoppers at the
Westgate Mall after allowing those who could recite from the Quran
punished with their hands those believing and worshipping other than
Allah. The [holy warriors] will continued until such practice
Sheikh Hassan Takar on why two churches were targeted with grenades
“We are… linked to
the Muslims of the whole world by the solid doctrinal and religious
connection of Islam, whose message God wanted to be fulfilled by the
Seal of the Prophets, i.e., Muhammad”
From the charter of
the Hezbollah terrorist group, which has kidnapped, tortured and
killed numerous non-Muslims.
“We are in a battle
with the liberals and the secularists...
I swear by Allah
that we can tolerate the killing of all people and wiping all
countries off the map but we cannot tolerate a single swear word
that could hurt our prophet...
Our brave youths
will continue their struggle until they impose Sharia"
Mohammad Ali al-Zahawi,
the leader of the Libyan arm of Ansar al-Sharia, which has massacred
“All we want is the
implementation of Sharia.”
A spokesman from
Ansar Dine, a group which has been compared to al-Qaeda for its
summary execution of civilians and captured soldiers..
“We are going to kill you because you don't want Sharia.”
Ansar Dine in
"What moved me
to do what I did was purely my faith. I was motivated by the
law that commands me to cut off the head of anyone who insults Allah
and his Prophet."
explaining in court why he stabbed Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh to
death. (Bouyeri was holding a Qur'an at the time).
Allah, we carried out two operations against the enemies of Islam in
Abu Walid Sahraoui, following a terror attack.
"For peace to
reign in the land, all Christians must convert to Islam. Allah has
tasked all Muslims in Quran chapter 9 verse 29 to continue to attack
Jews and Christians who refused to believe in him and his messenger,
Abu Qaqa, explaining
why his band massacred nearly one hundred worshippers, including
children, in a series of attacks on churches in a single Sunday
Muhammad (SAW) in his life time flushed out all idol worshipers and
their leaders and all these evils. So, our aim and target is to do
so here... Allah commanded us to obey His Holy Quran. Whether one
likes it or not, we will follow it... we will get people to believe
Allah is one, and Muhammad, His Prophet. They will come to the right
Ustaz Muhammed Yusuf,
founder of the Boko Haram terror group that has been known to kidnap
and behead Christian pastors who refuse to embrace Islam
“Whomever we kill, we kill because Allah says we should kill and we
kill for a reason."
a cleric and spiritual leader calling for holy war against
"I enjoy killing
anyone that Allah commands me to kill the way I enjoy killing
chickens and rams"
A Boko Haram spokesman explaining
his group's declared war on Nigerian Christians.
Allah has given us victory against Christian Churches in Kaduna and
Zaria which led to the deaths of many Christians... "
A Boko Haram spokesman who went on to quote the Quran to explain why
the group bombed churches, killing many Christians, including
"As for killing, we
will kill because Allah says we should decapitate, we should
amputate limbs, we should mutilate which led to the deaths of
Abubakar Shekau the leader of the Boko Haram sect .
will be turned into a citadel of Islam and secularism will be
purged... only Islam guarantees human rights and peace."
in a statement claiming responsibility for a brutal series of bomb
attacks on Shiite pilgrims and mosques in which children were killed
to Osama and Al-Zawahiri, I never met them, but I have the utmost
love and respect for them, because of their enmity towards the Jews
and the Christians. The Muslims must be harsh towards the infidels
and compassionate among themselves. These two men reflect this
Koranic verse... We place our trust in Allah. Soon, we will witness
the miracles of Jihad."
By'atullah Mahsoud, Emir of the Pakistani Taliban
struggle is for the enforcement of Sharia law"
Muslim Khan, Spokesperson for the Pakistani Taliban, responsible for
hundreds of bombings, shootings and abductions.
“We may be small in
number, but we have plenty fighting with us--the angels and the hand
of Allah. We dream of an entire Islamic world, and we will
achieve it. Allah is with us."
Abu Sayyaf terrorist
group leader, Khadaffy Janjalani, responsible for church bombings
"I have come here only to make Allah pleased with me, to earn heaven.
Why should we follow those Christian commandments, when Allah, may
he be glorified, urges us to fight those kafirs? Why shouldn’t
we leave their children orphan?"
Pavel Pechyonkin, a suicide bomber who ended the lives of 17
innocents at a bus stop
"One of the greatest
virtues in Islam is jihad for the sake of God. Ramadan is the month
of jihad and battles, and most Muslim battles took place during the
blessed month. This is your season, o people of jihad. Jihad during
the fasting month of Ramadan has a great taste -- for what better
way to break your fast than to kill infidels and relish the sound of
the weeping of the despicable tyrants and infidels."
terrorist magazine, al-Jihad
"And your brothers
of the Mujahideen Movement are on their way, going forth in Jihad
against the occupiers and disbelievers so that the word of Allah is
the highest and there is no more fitnah on earth and the
religion is solely for Allah."
terrorist group calling itself, Youth Islamic Movement
"Know that I am
doing this martyrdom operation only for the sake of Allah and for
A 21-year-old member
of al-Shabaab and former British college student who murdered 20
has purchased the lives of the believers that theirs shall be
paradise. They fight in Allahs cause, so they kill and are killed...
it will NEVER be over until the day that we see our lands governed
by He Allah the almighty, whose law is complete."
the so-called 'white widow', in a poem discovered shortly after the
Westgate mall massacre.
"Allah, may he be
praised, said… ‘Kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out
from where they have driven you out; for internal strife [Fitna] is
worse than killing.’"
The Qur’anic verse
quoted by the Abu Hafs Al-Masri Brigades in explaining the murder of
202 Madrid train commuters
"To Fight and
Conquer. Death in the name of Allah."
The unit logo of the
Janjaweed militia, responsible for “cleansing” Darfur of African
people along with the rape of thousands of women.
"Long live the
Omar al-Bahir, at a meeting of Janjaweed fighters.
“Jihad is a duty.”
The constitution of
the Islamic Republic of Sudan
“Our hero [the
suicide bomber] believed in Allah and died while fighting for Allah”
leader, Abu Ayman
"We are fighting to
apply what Allah said to the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. We
are fighting so people don’t look to other people but only to Allah.
We don’t believe in complete freedom: it is restricted by Allah’s
A member of
al-Nusra, an al-Qaeda affiliated group responsible for hundreds of
"Being Muslims, we
do not believe in political parties or parliamentary elections, but
rather in an Islamic regime... Our heading towards the establishment
of Islamic law (Sharia) is jihad in Allah's way."
A spokesperson for
al-Nusra, explaining what motivates the car bombings, suicide
attacks and execution of hostages
fighting in our ranks, have firm faith, they do not fight for power
or positions in the society, they only want to make supreme the
world of Allah... we abandoned this world, and, Allah willing,
strive for the appeasement of Allah”
Mujahideen of Tajik,
the country's bloodiest terror group.
warriors of Pattani announce the purpose that we will never stop
killing the Siamese kafir (infidel) and will never stop destroying
army weapons, the economy, politics, education and the Siamese kafir
society until we regain the land of Pattani and establish the state
of Pattani Dar al-lslam”
by separatists to intimidate the local Buddhist population.
glorious we will be if we fall as warriors of our land. When Martyrs
are killed, they are not dead but alive next to Allah. They will
watch and listen to every piece of news to see if their children
will follow in their footsteps….”
Berjihad di Pattani,
“calls for a holy war to liberate Pattani from ‘colonists’. It is
liberal in employing metaphoric references and verses from the
Quran. ...a significant and clear articulation of the radical
religious dimension of the conflict in south Thailand used within
the context of Malay-Muslim resentment of the central government. It
engages in Takdir (the labeling of fellow Muslims as infidels) and
makes direct calls for Martyrs to attack fellow Muslims perceived to
be collaborating with the “occupation”, or the Jahili (people of the
ignorance). It views the practice of religious obligations of these
“hypocrite” Muslims as a disguise hiding hearts filled with fury and
hatred against Islam…”
“The Koran says:
‘Fight them until evil disappears and all religion becomes Allah's
[religion].' The suicide activists who blow themselves up are
carrying out the Koran's commandment.’"
Ali Osman Zor,
East Islamic Raiders Front terrorist organization
“Our religion is
Islam - obedience to the one true God, Allah, and following the
footsteps of the final prophet and messenger Muhammad... This is how
our ethical stances are dictated. “
Khan, London subway bomber, explaining his motives on a pre-recorded
I did what I did for the pleasure of Allah alone."
will of Bilal Abdulla, a Glasgow suicide bomber.
doing this in order to gain the pleasure of our Lord and Allah loves
us to die and kill in his path. Anyone who tries to deny this,
then read the Koran and you will not be able to deny this because
this is the words in the Koran and the words of our the messenger of
Allah, prayers and peace upon him."
"We love to
die in the path of Allah... On top of this is to punish and to
humiliate the Kuffar [non-believer]"
Allah accepted my duas [prayers] yeah, and provided me a means to do
farewell videos of those convicted in the plot to kill thousands of
airline passengers over the Atlantic in 2006.
enemies of Allah, we have heard and seen you openly insulting the
final Messenger of Allah. You should know that for every action
there is a reaction. Today is a day of retaliation
(especially) for your blasphemy of Allah and his messenger Muhammad.
We love death more than you love life."
explanation from six Muslim devotees who admitted to plotting a bomb
attack on critics of Islam at an EDL rally.
forced by the Quran, in Sura at-Tawba, through many ayah in the
Quran athat that say we must fight
them... Allah's peace and blessings be upon you."
Adebolajo, explaining himself on video right after hacking an off-duty soldier to
death on a London street while shouting praises to Allah. In
court, he told a judge, "I did it for God."
”The Mujahedeen are
proud to kill in the name of God and this is exactly what God told
us to do in the Quran."
Abdulmutallab, the "underwear bomber" who tried to down an airplane
over Detroit - speaking at his sentencing.
"I did not act out
of hatred for Americans, but love for Allah instead. I live
only to serve Allah by obeying all of Allah’s commandments, of which
I am aware by reading and learning the contents of the Koran.”
Taheri-Azar, explaining (in his words) “reasons for premeditating
and attempting to murder citizens and residents of the United States
of America.” He also quoted 141 verses from the Qur'an.
"We, Muslims, are
content with God's book, the Quran, to fight you with. God has
granted us to fight... In God's book, He ordered us to fight you
everywhere we find you... We ask to be near to God, we fight you and
destroy you and terrorize you. The Jihad in God's cause is a great
duty in our religion.”
The "9/11 Shura
Council" - 9/11 planners held at Guantanamo Bay - in a March 2009
States Government] openly acknowledges that it would hate for the
law of Almighty Allah to be the supreme law of the land. Is
that a war on Islam? You bet it is."
Maj. Nidal Hasan,
the Army psychiatrist who gunned down thirteen people at Fort Hood,
"I wasn't insane or post traumatic nor was I forced to do this
Act... [it was] justified according to Islamic Laws and the Islamic
Religion. Jihad to fight those who wage war on Islam and
(formerly Carlos Bledsoe),
explaining why he gunned down an unarmed soldier outside a
recruiting station in Little Rock, Arkansas.
"The Muslim war
will continue until Islam is spread throughout the whole world."
Faisel Shahzad, in
his farewell tape, made shortly before the attempt to mass murder
hundreds of New Yorkers at Times Square.
"In late 2009, in fulfillment of a
religious obligation, I decided to participate in jihad against the
United States. The Koran obliges every able Muslim to participate in
jihad and fight in the way of Allah, those who fight you, and kill
them wherever you find them."
Abdulmutallab, the "Underwear Bomber", proudly telling a court why
he attempted to detonate a plane full of innocents over Detroit.
"The first thing we are calling you
to is Islam."
Osama bin Laden,
extending the dawah (invitation to Islam) to America prior to Jihad
"We have declared a
jihad to create a religious government in Uzbekistan”
Islamic Movement of
Uzbekistan leader, Tahir Yuldeshev
implement the rule of Allah on earth by the tip of the sword."
need men who are willing to go all the way and not hold back
anything from Allah. The religion of Allah cannot be given
victory by part-time service. This is not a weekend religion. The
contract is to sell our souls to Allah. The compensation is
Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who has inspired
multiple bombing and shooting plots in the U.S. and Europe from his base in
"Our project is to institute the Sharia of Allah on Earth and reject
the man-made laws and constitutions. Nothing will rule the country
other than the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger
will fight the enemy without leniency and not surrender until only Islam
Nasir al Wuhayshi, the
leader of Yemen's most feared terrorists
"In the name
of Allah, the Most Gracious the Most Merciful... Praise is to
Allah, the glory granter to Islam with His victory and the disgracer
of the unbelief with his Might... and I bear witness that Muhammad
is His slave and messenger who said:
'I have been
inspired between the hands of the hour until Allah alone is
worshiped and my sustenance has been made under the shade of my
spear, and disgrace and humiliation has been prescribed for the one
who disobeys my command.'"
al-Qaeda al-Jihad in
Yemen taking credit for a brutal suicide attack and quoting the
words of Muhammad to explain why.
"We killed them
outside their land, praise be to Allah. Today, we kill them in the
midst of their own home.
O Allah, revive an entire nation by our deaths. O Allah, I sacrifice
myself for your sake, accept me as a martyr. O Allah, I sacrifice
myself for your sake, accept me as a martyr. O Allah, I sacrifice
myself for your sake, accept me as a martyr.
To the Garden of Eden, our first house. We shall meet in the eternal
Paradise with the prophets, honest people, martyrs and righteous
people. They are the best of companions. Praise be to Allah. Allah's
peace, mercy and blessings be upon you. "
Flight 93 Hijacker
"Those 19 brothers who left us made
efforts and offered their lives for the cause of Allah. Allah has
favored them with this conquest, which we are enjoying now"
al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda's Number Two, explaining the motives for the
"I heard someone on Islamic radio
who owns a school in America say: 'We don't have time to keep up
with the demands of those who are asking about Islamic books to
learn about Islam.' This event made people think about true
Islam, which benefited Islam greatly."
Laden, bragging of the 9/11 attacks during a video-taped November,
"Be cheerful, for
you have only moments between you and your eternity, after which a
happy and satisfying life begins...
"Remember: it is a
raid for the sake of Allah. Recite the prayer. As you take the
seat, recite the prayer. Mention Allah a lot. When the
hijacking begins, "Shout Allah is great because this shout strikes
terrors in the hearts of the infidels
"And the moment of
death should be accompanied by the basic statement of belief recited
by all Muslims at the call to prayer. Seconds before the
target, your last words should be, 'there is no god but Allah.
Mohammed is his messenger!."
instructions to the hijackers.
"Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!
Last words from
the cockpit of Flight 93.
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