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U.S. Starts 'Information War' in Iraq

Even before President George Bush orders U.S. forces to loose bullets and bombs on Iraq, the military is starting an ambitious assault using a growing arsenal of electronic and psychological weapons on the information battlefield. U.S. cyber-warfare experts recently waged an e-mail assault, directed at Iraq’s political, military and economic leadership, urging them to break with Saddam Hussein’s government. A wave of calls has gone to the private cellphone numbers of specially selected officials inside Iraq, say leaders at the Pentagon. As of last week, more than eight million leaflets had been dropped over Iraq warning Iraqi antiaircraft missile operators that their bunkers will be destroyed if they track or fire at allied warplanes. But the leaflets are old-fashioned instruments compared with some of the others that are being applied already or are likely to be used soon. Radio transmitters hauled aloft by U.S. planes are broadcasting directly to the Iraqi public in Arabic with programs that mimic the styles of local radio stations. Full Story

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