U.S. Condemns Arab TV Channel

(BBC) - The U.S. has strongly criticized the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya satellite television network for broadcasting video footage on Tuesday showing masked men who threatened to kill members of the American-appointed governing council in Iraq. State Department spokesman Philip Reeker said, "We find al-Arabiya's decision to air the remarks of these masked terrorists to be irresponsible in the extreme." "We have to question why an organization claiming to be a legitimate news service would effectively provide this conduit for terrorists to communicate plans, tactics, and incitement to murder and to attempt to disrupt the peaceful aspirations of the Iraqi people." Reeker said the U.S. government was instructing its embassies to convey the Bush administration's outrage to those who supported or had invested in al-Arabiya.

2003-08-29 00:00:00

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