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Yahoo! Hosts Iraqi Insurgents' Latest Video
Internet Giant's Server Relays US-Targeted English-Language Propaganda
09/26/2007 7:22 PM ET
Still image from SMS 2 US video.
Still image from "SMS 2 US" video.

A new Web site showcasing an Iraqi insurgent's group “special production” propaganda video resides on Yahoo! servers in California, according to domain registration records obtained by IraqSlogger.

The video, entitled “SMS 2 US” was apparently released by the media office of the Islamic Front for the Iraqi Resistance, known by its Arabic acronym Jami’, and appears to be targeted to an American audience. As IraqSlogger wrote earlier, the message of the video appears in English, and is set to film theme tunes that are, according to the video’s introduction, meant to be easily recognizable by the US audience. The 18-minute video can be viewed .

The group apparently set up the Web site, www.sms-2-us.com, to host and distribute this particular propaganda video. Iraqi militant groups often use free file-sharing websites to distribute their video materials. It is rare for a group to set up a special domain name for a single video.

An IraqSlogger investigation indicates the domain was registered at the beginning of September to an Ahmad Ali Almousawi, at a Syrian postal address, in what appears to be the Damascus neighborhood of Sayyida Zainab, known for its high concentration of Iraqi refugees.

Most interestingly, the new “SMS 2 US” website is hosted on the servers of US internet giant Yahoo!, of Sunnyvale, Calif., according to the results of the search.

Jami’s main website, www.jami.info, is registered to a Baghdad postal address in the name of Taofek Sammer and hosted by the servers of Schlund Technologies, a company based in Regensburg, Germany.

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