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Key Arab News Station Knocked Offline

The Arabic satellite television channel Al Jazeera, which on Sunday broadcast controversial footage of US soldiers captured by Iraqi forces, has blamed computer hackers for crashing its online news service on Monday. The station’s web site, which carried still images of the footage, was inaccessible on Monday morning. A spokeswoman for Al Jazeera told New Scientist: “We have a problem. I believe there are some hackers, some attack, but I don’t know exactly.” The spokeswoman said an attack could have been prompted by the film broadcast by the station. The Iraqi military provided the footage of forced interviews with five frightened-looking US prisoners of war, as well as images of the corpses of US soldiers. The graphic pictures have caused outrage in the US and UK media. The US government accuses the Iraqi government of breaching the Geneva Convention on the treatment of prisoners of war, and has pledged to pursue those responsible as war criminals. Full Story

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