The ‘Epic’ Journeys Of Four Syrians In Wartime

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cheap moncler [Mohammad] is Suleiman’s opposite. Suleiman was a peaceful protester he never picked up a gun. Whereas Mohammad was, if you like, baptized in the aftermath of what happened in Hama in ’82. So he grew up seeing his male relatives hunted and humiliated by the regime. And with time, he became radicalized. And his form of radicalization was Islamic radicalization. cheap moncler

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