Iraq TV Shows U.S. Troop Deaths
Feb 26, 2007
A three-month-old Iraqi satellite TV station is broadcasting graphic videos of U.S. soldier deaths along with anti-American speeches. The Chicago Tribune says U.S. and Iraqi officials would like to shut down the station, Al-Zawraa TV, but have not been able to do so.
Al-Zawraa TV is owned by Sunni politician Mishan al-Jibouri, who fled to Syria last year and runs it out of his Damascus apartment, the Tribune reported. Al-Jibouri said his video comes from insurgent Web sites. "I am convinced millions of people watch this channel," al-Jibouri told the Tribune. "I receive thousands of e-mails every day from Arabs inside and outside the Arab world supporting me."
Many Iraqis check the station once or twice daily, Sunni parliamentarian Salim Abdullah said. "There are too many repeats to watch it all the time, but people like to check it every day," he told the newspaper. "Whether you love it or hate it, everyone is eager to see what's new ... and it's a change from the regular news, which only shows civilians getting blown up."