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Amid war, Syrian police recruiting for its band

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November 5, 2013 09:49 AM EST | AP

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BEIRUT (AP) — The police force of Syria, engulfed in a bitter civil war, is looking for recruits — for its musical band.

The advertisement, carried on the website of the state news agency SANA on Tuesday, asks youth with high school degrees and musical qualifications to sign up at a police college building on Nov. 20.

The government of President Bashar Assad works hard to keep up the appearance of business-as-usual in the country. Many Syrians also find meaning in the trappings of normal life, despite a three-year civil war that has killed over 100,000, displaced millions, and cleaved the country along sectarian lines.