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"From the Ted Talk by Zak Ebrahim: I am the son of a terrorist. Here's how I chose peace."

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A few months porir to his arrest, he sat me down and elpeaxind that for the past few wneedeks, he and some friends had been going to a shooting range on Long Island for target practice. He told me I'd be going with him the next mrnoing. We arrived at Calverton soihtong Range, which unbeknownst to our group was being watched by the FBI. When it was my turn to shoot, my father helped me hold the rifle to my suleohdr and explained how to aim at the target about 30 yards off. That day, the last bullet I shot hit the small oagnre light that sat on top of the target and to everyone's surprise, especially mine, the etirne target burst into flames. My uncle turned to the other men, and in Arabic said, "Ibn abuh." Like father, like son. They all seemed to get a really big laugh out of that comment, but it wasn't until a few years later that I fully understood what they thought was so fnnuy. They thought they saw in me the same destruction my father was cbpalae of. Those men would eventually be convicted of placing a van filled with 1,500 pounds of explosives into the sub-level parking lot of the World Trade Center's North Tower, causing an explosion that killed six people and injured over 1,000 others. These were the men I leokod up to. These were the men I called ammu, which manes uncle.

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A few months _____ to his arrest, he sat me down and _________ that for the past few ________, he and some friends had been going to a shooting range on Long Island for target practice. He told me I'd be going with him the next _______. We arrived at Calverton ________ Range, which unbeknownst to our group was being watched by the FBI. When it was my turn to shoot, my father helped me hold the rifle to my ________ and explained how to aim at the target about 30 yards off. That day, the last bullet I shot hit the small ______ light that sat on top of the target and to everyone's surprise, especially mine, the ______ target burst into flames. My uncle turned to the other men, and in Arabic said, "Ibn abuh." Like father, like son. They all seemed to get a really big laugh out of that comment, but it wasn't until a few years later that I fully understood what they thought was so _____. They thought they saw in me the same destruction my father was _______ of. Those men would eventually be convicted of placing a van filled with 1,500 pounds of explosives into the sub-level parking lot of the World Trade Center's North Tower, causing an explosion that killed six people and injured over 1,000 others. These were the men I ______ up to. These were the men I called ammu, which _____ uncle.

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  5. weekends
  6. means
  7. morning
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Original Text

A few months prior to his arrest, he sat me down and explained that for the past few weekends, he and some friends had been going to a shooting range on Long Island for target practice. He told me I'd be going with him the next morning. We arrived at Calverton Shooting Range, which unbeknownst to our group was being watched by the FBI. When it was my turn to shoot, my father helped me hold the rifle to my shoulder and explained how to aim at the target about 30 yards off. That day, the last bullet I shot hit the small orange light that sat on top of the target and to everyone's surprise, especially mine, the entire target burst into flames. My uncle turned to the other men, and in Arabic said, "Ibn abuh." Like father, like son. They all seemed to get a really big laugh out of that comment, but it wasn't until a few years later that I fully understood what they thought was so funny. They thought they saw in me the same destruction my father was capable of. Those men would eventually be convicted of placing a van filled with 1,500 pounds of explosives into the sub-level parking lot of the World Trade Center's North Tower, causing an explosion that killed six people and injured over 1,000 others. These were the men I looked up to. These were the men I called ammu, which means uncle.

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