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  •  Good questions, rugbymom... (4+ / 0-)

    "Martyr(s)" is the preferred terminology of the Local Coordination Committees and several other opposition groups' media, and typically does include female and child fatalities ascribed to regime action.

    There is a wide range of casualty estimates, from about 17,000 to about 25,000. As you note, reliable figures are impossible to obtain.

    As for the diarist's response to your questions ("do your own research"), he should be ashamed...

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 03:24:50 PM PDT

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