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Syria's Alawites pay heavy price as they bury sons

DWEIR SHEIKH SAAD, Syria (AP) — The posters announcing the deaths of Syrian soldiers are plastered on walls throughout the coastal province of Tartous, forming impromptu murals of death that illustrate the price supporters of President Bashar Assad are paying to defend his rule. The khaki-clad men often pose with guns, with Assad's image often imposed above the slain soldier. For government supporters, Assad is synonymous with Syria itself, particularly in Tartous, a scenic Mediterranean...

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