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February 10, 2007
If Vietnam was the first TV war, Iraq is the first YouTube war. A huge amounts of unedited video footage will appear on video-sharing sites from all sides. US soldiers can take their own cameras into combat and have internet access on their bases, so much of the material comes direct from the war zone. Try searching in YouTube and Google Video: “Iraq” or “Iraq kids”.

The problem with this footage is that it rarely has any context. A clip might be new, it might be years old, it might be guerrilla journalism, or it might have come from CNN. It might not even be from Iraq. As with anything online, the attribution of all these clips is very uncertain. Here one of those clips:

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