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Afghanistan: soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq have now been forbidden from accessing such recreational websites as MySpace, YouTube, and others while on Department of Defense (DOD) equipment.

AFGHANISTAN: Soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq have now been forbidden from accessing such recreational websites as MySpace, YouTube, and others while on Department of Defense (DOD) equipment. The DOD says this is necessary due to the limited amount of bandwidth available in that region. Although the DOD made no mention of it, there has also been some concern that some soldiers may release too much information, or photos that have not been cleared. Many soldiers had been using MySpace to keep in touch with friends and family, and only have access to the Internet via DOD equipment.

As recently as October of last year, the military publication, Stars and Stripes, reported upon the enormous popularity of MySpace with the soldiers, going so far as to quote a soldier saying, "It's probably the most-used Web site here." Asked what would happen if the websites were banned, "There would be a mutiny among soldiers," joked one of the troops in Iraq.
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Title Annotation:International Corner--News Around the World
Author:Feliciano, Ray
Publication:The Informed Constituent (Albany, NY)
Date:May 1, 2007
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