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Sarkozy: 19 arrested in French police raids on suspected Islamic radicals in wake of Toulouse killings

French president compares the effect in France of this month's seven murders by a self-proclaimed Islamic radical to the trauma of the Sep. 11 attacks in the U.S.

(CNN) Paris -- Nineteen people have been arrested in a series of police raids on suspected Islamists, French President Nicolas Sarkozy told French radio Friday morning.

The raids come a week after gunman Mohammed Merah, who killed seven people, was shot dead after a long siege in the southwestern city of Toulouse.

The arrests took place in Toulouse, Marseille, Nantes, Lyon and the Ile de France region, around Paris, the Interior Ministry said.

Authorities have not said that any of those arrested were directly linked to Merah.

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Cargo 300: For The Wounds Of Ukraine Have No Time To Heal

After a grim New Year, a soldier and mother reflects on the trauma of the past 10 months: the constance of fear, corpses of friends, a choice between her own children and joining the war effort.

photo of a woman in a pink jacket walking as seen through a blown out window

The pain in Ukraine is everywhere

Daniel Ceng Shou-Yi /ZUMA
Iryna Serheieva*

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The Facebook feed of holiday photos is not pleasant.

Someone is seen celebrating in a trench; others in blacked-out cities. Another is in a foreign country. And some spend a first holiday without a beloved father, son or husband.

It is all sadness.

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Cargo 300 is a military term for transporting a wounded soldier out of combat zones. Cargo 200 is for the deceased.

As I return to civilian life, I realize that from now on and for decades to come, we will be a nation of "300s," wounded by war, physically and morally crippled, regardless of whether or not we were directly on the battlefield.

Immediately after demobilization, I travelled to Germany, where my children were all this time. I met a friend who had served eight months in Iraq.

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