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    Turbulence, violence in the Middle East

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     SDSyrians submitted video of a group of a dozen Syrians traveling across the country from Anaheim, California, to Washington D.C. The group calls itself the Marie Colvin Convoy for Freedom in Syria. The convoy left California on Thursday morning and is now in Chicago. Belal Dalati, one of the organizers of the convoy, shot this video of the group singing the Syrian national anthem with local Syrian-Americans in Chicago. SDSyrians's husband, Abdul, is also on the convoy.

    Dalati said the group will arrive in Washington on March 16, but before that, they are paying a visit to journalist Marie Colvin's family in Long Island. 'We want them to know that the Syrian people will never forget the sacrifice that she gave by giving her life. We're going to make sure that the area she died in is named after her,' he said over the phone. Dalati was born in Syria and moved to the U.S. when he was 18. He has family members in Syria and he says four of his cousins have been killed there.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    A milestone was reached today, March 11th, when the Marie Colvin Convoy for Freedom in Syria arrived to cheering supporters in Chicago, IL, the national headquarters for the Syrian American Council (SAC). A number of caravan activists belong to local SAC-chapters in cities along the convoy’s route. Individuals have been driving in shifts since the departure from Los Angeles three days prior. The mileage thus far is equivalent to 12 trips between Damascus and Aleppo.  Video credit - Belal Delati

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