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Countries Bombed by the United States since WWII

Name the countries whose territory has been deliberately bombed by the U.S. with hostile intent, 1946-present.
  • Source: Wikipedia
  • Not counting accidental bombings
  • Not counting actions with no loss of life
  • Quiz by KoljiVriVoda - Apr 29, 2017
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Its possible this list is incomplete. However, there are a lot of bad sources on the internet that have a political axe to grind. We're happy to improve the quiz if there are errors, but please post evidence from a good source.
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Apr 29, 2017
Panama appears in two different decades, but the action only lasted for about a month.
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Apr 29, 2017
The U.S. also destroyed some Iranian off-shore oil platforms in 1988. As far as I know there was no loss of life. Furthermore, there was one incident where a bomber strayed into Chinese territory during the Korean War. This was claimed to be accidental, which it probably was due to strict orders to avoid invading China.
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Apr 29, 2017
The reason for the description is that otherwise we would have to include countries like Kuwait and Bosnia that the U.S. bombing was intended to support.
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Apr 29, 2017
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looks complete http://www.maurer.ca/USBombing.html
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Aug 11, 2017
This is exactly the type of inaccurate source with a political axe to grind I was referring to.
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Aug 11, 2017
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got 16, 96th percentile, and only 4 points :c
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Apr 29, 2017
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What about Somalia in the 1990s with the battle of Mogadishu? No bombs dropped I guess?
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Apr 29, 2017
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Yeah, I was just thinking the same thing! I guess it probably has something to do with the fact that I watched Black Hawk Down last night!
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Aug 13, 2017
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May I ask... what countries were bombed accidentally. I know we dropped nukes over ourselves and greenland but where else have we accidentally bombed?
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Apr 30, 2017
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We accidentally bombed your mom once.
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Apr 30, 2017
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What an immature reply.
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Apr 30, 2017
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Immature, but admirable. I salute you.
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May 2, 2017
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The countries mentioned by QM above.
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Apr 30, 2017
Just China, as far as I know.
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Apr 30, 2017
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And we accidentally nuked North Carolina http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/12/us/north-carolina-nuclear-bomb-drop/
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May 1, 2017
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We accidentally dropped a nuke on Spain as well, but it didn't detonate.
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May 1, 2017
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Chinese embassy in Belgrade. Also Switzerland, but 1) during WW2 and 2) possibly deliberately by accident .
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May 2, 2017
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bosnia?
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Apr 30, 2017
We weren't bombing Bosnians. We were bombing Serbians in Bosnia. Explained in the above comments.
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Apr 30, 2017
And by we I mean the United States, not JetPunk. JetPunk has never bombed anybody. :)
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May 1, 2017
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That's what they want you to think
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May 1, 2017
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"Jetpunk has never bombed anybody." - QM 2017
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May 1, 2017
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I'm not sure that I agree with this caveat though, because we were bombing "Bosnian Serbs" as well, who were Serb through ethnicity but Bosnian in residence and nationality. So although we were not hostile towards the government of Bosnia, we were hostile to those specific groups of people that were targeted, in a similar way to post-regime change operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as Lebanon and Pakistan.
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May 1, 2017
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We are Bosnian Serbs, not Serbians in Bosnia.
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May 3, 2017
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In Bosnia, as in most civil wars, both sides claimed the territory of the whole country, and the 1995 NATO bombing was hostile against one side in a civil war on Bosnian soil. After the war, the country continued to exist with Serbs as a constituent nation. If you only consider the side that controls the capital city or the majority of the territory at a certain moment of time to be legitimate representative of a country, then Russian attacks against ISIS in Syria cannot be considered bombing Syria, since the Russians collaborate with the Syrian army. Also, the bombing of Pakistan wasn't aimed at the Pakistani government, but at the rebel forces, yet Pakistan is mentioned on this quiz. All in all, Bosnia and Herzegovina should definitely be on this list. Also, the name of the country NATO bombed in 1999 was FR Yugoslavia, the name hasn't been changed to Serbia & Montenegro until 2003.
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May 17, 2017
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U potpunosti se slažem kao kreator ovog kviza. Imao sam malo duži spisak država, ali se glavnoodgovorni drži svojih kriterijuma.
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May 17, 2017
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They will even tell you that the moon landing wasn't faked
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May 1, 2017
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Unfortunately we don't all have your connections or intelligence and we tend to rely on the facts as presented.
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May 2, 2017
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oy. Grenada. Of course. Only one I missed.
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May 1, 2017
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Pedantically speaking, the U.S. bombed itself throughout the Cold War...which did lead to a few deaths from radiation, though unintentional
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May 1, 2017
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Not only North Korea was bombed. South Korea was also bombed and civilians were targeted.
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May 2, 2017
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I can never understand why North Korea invaded South Korea.
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May 2, 2017
I don't know what you are referring to, but obviously the United States was defending South Korean interests. Including them would be against the spirit of the quiz.
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May 3, 2017
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and what the hell she is doing in syria?! defending whom!? against who?!
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Jul 22, 2017
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Guatemalans and Grenadians won't even spit on Reagan's grave.
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May 17, 2017
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Horrendous behaviour - these countries are all over the world. Is there a quiz for Russia? Have they also been so aggressive?
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May 17, 2017
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Russia has for centuries been extremely aggressive, but, they tend to focus more on their neighbors than countries far from their borders. If a country has ever shared a border with Russia or the Soviet Union, though, then there's a very good chance they've been invaded by them. If they haven't ceased to exist and been absorbed by Russia, that is. If they haven't been invaded then they've at least dealt with attempts to subvert and coopt their governments through mostly peaceful but no less aggressive means. A bit farther from home they also were involved in Vietnam and several places in the Middle East, but they usually prefer arming and propping up foreign armies rather than direct engagement. The US also prefers this most of the time but seem more willing to get their own hands dirty. This may be more to do with an ability to project power than a willingness to use it, though. Compare the United States' 20 aircraft carriers to Russia's 1.
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May 20, 2017
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How about Chile in 1973?
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Jul 18, 2017
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US forces didn't bomb Chile. The CIA just supported the Chilean military coup.
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Aug 10, 2017
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Yup. The 9/11 you don't lower your flags for.
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Aug 10, 2017
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Really an excellent quiz.
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Aug 10, 2017
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Fun fact: From 1979 to 1983, Grenada was a marxist-leninist one-party state under constitutional monarchy (Elizabeth II).
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Aug 10, 2017
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From a New York Times article from 1984: "The Army has awarded 8,612 medals to individual Americans involved in the October invasion of Grenada, although it never had more than about 7,000 officers and enlisted soldiers on the island." That was for combat that lasted a few hours.
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Aug 10, 2017
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True. However, though Reagan sent in troops in October 1983 to rescue the deposed Premier, Maurice Bishop, the US never bombed the island.
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Aug 10, 2017
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To rescue Bishop!! Not quite! The immediate cause/justification of the invasion was the factional struggle that put Bernard Coard in power (and killed Bishop). But Bishop's PRG - and his plan to build an international airport to try to promote tourism (what a devious plot by a Caribbean government!) - was the reason that Grenada was on the USG's radar in the first place. (After asking the US, the UK, Canada, virtually every Western European state, and the Soviet Union for help, only the Cubans offered technical and financial support.) Of course, the invasion was also timed as a diversion from the bombing of a US military base in Lebanon. The soft military target and the medals were also an attempt by Reagan to rehabilitate the military in the public mind in the wake of Vietnam. But be clear - the US had ramped up its propaganda efforts against Bishop since '79.
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Aug 11, 2017
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Strange quiz
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Aug 10, 2017
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Once again, in 1999, there was no country named Serbia & Montenegro, it was named FR Yugoslavia at the time.
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Aug 10, 2017
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"Bombing"? You spelled "enlightning by bringing democracy" wrong.
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Aug 10, 2017
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You spelled enlightening wrong.
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Aug 10, 2017
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It's "making the world safe for democracy"!
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Aug 10, 2017
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Here's a quiz that needs another spoon in the pot. Since the status of South and North Vietnam as separate nations was, to say the least, contentious, I'd suggest allowing and showing simply "Vietnam" as an answer. A whole lot of explosives were used north and south of the 17th parallel.
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Aug 10, 2017
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I know this doesn't count, but the US government (i.e. law enforcement) bombed the MOVE organization in Philadelphia in the 1970s. It killed a whole lot of people, especially in the resulting multi-building fire.
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Aug 10, 2017
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I was thinking the same thing. I tried U.S., thinking that should count. It was the U.S. bombing with hostile intent--the quiz doesn't say U.S. military.
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Aug 10, 2017
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Please add Peru, Bosnia and Niceragua https://wikispooks.com/wiki/US_Bombing_campaigns_since_1945
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Aug 10, 2017
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Yes, definitely. There are also many sources that support adding Guatemala, El Salvador, Congo, Indonesia and Iran on the list.
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Aug 10, 2017
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If there are sources, share them with us.
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Aug 11, 2017
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shame on usa
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Aug 10, 2017
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Cause Iran is much better, right?
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Aug 10, 2017
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.... well I'm certainly no fan or the oppressive theocratic regime in charge in Iran. Contrary to popular Western opinion they are not to blame on anyone but the Iranian people and they are far worse than the Shah ever was. That being said... in this one respect (countries bombed/invade)... yes, actually, Iran is much better than the USA. Ignoring proxy wars (they have supported in one way or another one fighting in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen), they have never once engaged in aggressive war since the formation of Iran in 1979. They fought one war with Iraq, but they were the ones attacked in that case.
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Aug 11, 2017
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at least iranians do not boast about killing others! we are engaged in a myriad wars and problems (embargo, coups, etc) generally made by us in at least 50 years. popular government of mosaddeq was toppled by usa and uk in support of shah. and ask yourself stoooopot. how many legal and popular governments are toppled by usa? how many people are killed in korea, vietnam, iraq, afghanistan and even syria for sake of usa politicians?! i am not against people of united states but its government really belongs to hell!
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Aug 12, 2017
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Mosaddeg was actually the usurper. The US helped return the Shah to power after a coup and the subsequent massive theft of property and infrastructure. Why is that part of the story always left out? (by Americans, too, not just in Iran.) and when he was chased out of the country a 2nd time, you got another popular leader, Khomeini, who was much worse. No thanks to the USA. Not enough characters left to educate you about all the other wars you listed. Not saying the US is always in the right, or the wrong, but of course it's a lot more complicated than anyone who says one or the other believes. If you're from Iran maybe consider the fact that the government there, to mask it's own massive and repeated failings and numerous abuses of power and human rights, is desperate to distract you. The most reliable way for failed leaders and despots to do this is with an external bogeyman. For Iran it's the USA and Israel. But Trump does the same thing. Leaders everywhere often do.
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Aug 13, 2017
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dear kalbahamut mosaddeq was not a usurper! shah wanted to force him to limit his legal options and then to abdicate while it was not permitted in the constitution. if you are told or the something against it, it is probably a biased source! and you remark that khomeini was much worse. i am very eager to listen to your reasons. however, khomeini was much worse to us government and its allies. accept my apology, but the majority of people in western countries are prisoners of propaganda! much worse than what of nazi germany and ussr. you spoke about human rights in iran!!! in comparison with usa, which country has more prisoners per capita?! which country executes more?! 2009 protesters in iran are more oppressed or people in Ferguson?!!! how about wikileaks manager julian assange?! which country has more poor people compared to its poverty line? which country has higher rates of gun ownership, murder, robbery, and rape?! usa obviously backs MKO, the next post...
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Aug 16, 2017
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continued... while has concerns about human rights in iran. i do not really thing that every thing in iran is ok, but if you really think that 9/11 catastrophe is done by some camel-jack jihadist without help of an internal source of information and logistic, i do not blame you that think iranian regime is failed. it really differs with north korea, zimbabwe, cuba, saudi arabia and even israel. apart from politics, i invite you to come to iran and find the truth with no intermediate media.
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Aug 16, 2017
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You would think I would remember Bosnia/Serbia one as I was involved in the bombing of them in the Kosovo liberation mission in 99.
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Aug 10, 2017
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Well, God sees everything...
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Aug 10, 2017
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You shouldn't be proud of that fact.
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Aug 11, 2017
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How did I forget our little banana republic, Panama..
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Aug 10, 2017
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Chile?
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Aug 10, 2017
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What about the Dominican republic in 1965?
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Aug 14, 2017
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