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Arab News Site Suffers Outages

The Arabic and newly-launched English Web sites of the controversial Al-Jazeera news agency have come under strain from high traffic and possible external attacks Arabic news site Al-Jazeera and its English-language counterpart were only intermittently available for the second straight day due to an onslaught of network traffic, said Internet monitoring service Keynote Systems. From approximately 12:30 p.m. PST on Tuesday, the English news portion of the Al-Jazeera Web site seemingly dropped off the Internet, said Roopak Patel, senior Internet analyst at Keynote’s public services division, who stressed that the reason the site is inaccessible can’t be determined. “There’s a whole host of reasons that the site could not be accessible,” he said. “The server could be not able to serve up data as fast… or it could be an attack. At this point, we are not able to correlate between the lack of access and the cause.” The Arab satellite TV network launched its English-language Web site on Monday, attracting significant media coverage. The site hosts the station’s controversial video coverage, which has included images of US soldiers killed and taken prisoner. Full Story

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