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U.S. Tries E-Mail to Charm Iraqis

A campaign to reach out and touch the Iraqi people through e-mail apparently hasn’t been as successful as the United States had hoped, because the Iraqi government censors all e-mail coming into the country. Over the past month, the U.S. military has periodically sent e-mail to Iraqi military and government officials urging them to protect their families by helping U.N. inspectors and turning away from Saddam Hussein. U.S. government officials won’t comment on the campaign, but according to sources in Iraq and Iraqis living in the United States, each time the e-mails are sent, Internet access all over Iraq soon suffers a “service outage.” Service resumes after the U.S. military missives have been purged from inboxes. The e-mails, written in Arabic with the subject line “Important Information,” are a new twist on the standard psychological war games conducted by U.S. special operations teams. Full Story

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