Libya Attacks Communications Satellites

(Washington Times) Nick Grace and Nir Boms - The station Sowt al-Amel (Voice of Hope) was launched from London in September as an independent effort to promote freedom, human rights, and political reform in Libya. But within minutes of its first broadcast on Sept. 19, Tripoli, well prepared, jammed the signal on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite. BBC World, Euro News, ESPN, CNN, and Channel 5 were also blown off the air. U.S. military and diplomatic traffic that used the satellite was also affected. The station then turned to an American satellite, Loral Skynet's Telstar 12, but within 45 minutes the signal was again wiped out with jamming.

2005-12-20 00:00:00

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