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Young men chant slogans praising President Bashar Assad in Tartous, Syria, during the furneral procession of Ibrahim Yeya Issa, a 32-year-old Army soldier killed fighting Islamist rebels. They are from Assad's Alawite sect. Tartous' Alawites are fanatically devoted to Assad and thousands have died fighting for him in the civil war.

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