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Tuesday, December 28 2010

Wikileaks: Syria Orchestrated Mohammed Cartoons Riots

Arab rage over the 2006 Mohammed cartoons wasn't so spontaneous after all. This just in from Haaretz:

A US diplomatic cable published by Aftenposten said the Syrian premier had, "several days before the demonstrations, instructed the Grand Mufti Sheikh Hassoun to issue a strongly worded directive to the imams delivering Friday sermons in the mosques of Damascus."

The riots ended when Syria "felt that 'the message had been delivered'," the cable said, quoting a Sunni sheikh whose name was blacked out.

More than 100 people were killed in the flames of violence we now know were fanned by Syria.

 

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