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Iraq goes offline

The latest round of bombs appears to have finally cut off Iraqi access to the Internet. U.S. Tomahawk cruise missiles, aimed at destroying Saddam Hussein’s propaganda machine, have left a key Iraqi government site online, still displaying controversial photos of American POWs and dead soldiers. Meanwhile, the air strikes appear to have disabled the primary Internet access points used by average citizens of Baghdad. The attacks, which began early Saturday morning, Baghdad time, reportedly destroyed several satellite dishes and an Internet server housed at Iraq’s Ministry of Information building. Local phone service in the city was also reportedly disrupted by separate missile strikes on two telecommunications switching centers. Yet Babil Online, the home page of an Iraqi newspaper run by Saddam Hussein’s son Uday, was still reachable following the bombing. Full Story

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