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If Yahya Ababneh and Yan Barakat are indeed the same person, the question arises as to why Mint Press called him Ababneh rather than Barakat (which is the name he appears to have used for his other writing). If there were fears for his safety it would have been far better to be up-front about it and declare the use of a pseudonym.

With hindsight, this may also explain why Mint Press was so insistent on including Dale Gavlak's name in the joint by-line.

As far as the most crucial part of the article is concerned, we are also left wondering what to make of Barakat's statement that he was alerted to the "rebel weapons" tale by a Russian who befriended him in Damascus.

I had caught a reference in twitter yesterday to the fact that "Barakat" used the "Ababneh" name only on Mint Press.

But there is more:It appears that

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Sep 22nd, 2013 at 10:18:59 AM EST
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