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DOD aims psy-ops at Iraqi officers

The Defense Department is continuing, and perhaps has stepped up, its electronic psychological operations campaign directed at the upper echelons of the Iraqi military now that hostilities have begun. In a press conference March 20, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said that DOD officials are “in communication with still more people who are officials of the [Iraqi] military at various levels,” warning them of the outcome of their actions should they take up arms against U.S. or allied forces. Defense officials confirmed in January that they had been sending e-mail messages to Iraqi military officials as part of a psychological operations campaign. For decades, military forces have dropped leaflets on enemy soldiers in an attempt to persuade them to surrender before engaging in combat. The new e-mail campaign, according to experts, is a technological extension of that. Full Story

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