WORLD NEWS SYRIA-ROADTRIP 4 MCT

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A gunman leads the funeral procession of Ibrahim Yeya Issa, a 32-year-old Army soldier killed fighting Islamist rebels, through the streets of Tartous, Syria, as mourners chant slogans praising President Bashar Assad. They are from Assad's Alawite sect. Tartous' Alawites are fanaticallty devoted to Assad and thousands have died fighting for him in the civil war.

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