Are you an aspiring jihadi – or even just on side for the big win – and increasingly annoyed because Al Zawraa television has been kicked first out of Iraq, and then out of Egypt?
Can’t watch your favorite shows – repeated loops of infidel soldiers being blown up or sniped at (makes for great internet death porn) by Team Sunni combined with a heavy rotation of religiously-inspired exhortations to further violence?
That’s OK, because the House of Saud has your back:
Outraged by video footage of bloody attacks on American troops, U.S. officials have worked for about half a year to close down a satellite television station that promotes the cause of Iraq’s Sunni Arab insurgents to millions of viewers in the region.
Yet Al Zawraa is still beaming calls for violent resistance ‚Äî thanks to one of America’s most important Mideast allies, Saudi Arabia.
U.S. and Iraqi troops chased Al Zawraa television’s staff out of Iraq last year, and this year Washington pressured the Egyptians and Europeans to stop bouncing the station’s signal from their satellites. But despite pleas from Washington, the Saudi government has declined to use its influence as a major stakeholder in the satellite company Arabsat to stop the transmissions, U.S. officials say.
With friends like these…