The only report from the region itself was filed by Elizabeth Palmer for CBS from Damascus. She interviewed an exiled Iraqi Baath politician Mishaan al-Jabouri, the head of al-Zawraa TV. The network is banned in Iraq so it operates from Syria and beams the signal by satellite from there. It is virulently opposed to the US military presence in Iraq: it airs video from the point of view of snipers of GIs being killed. It is equally opposed to Shiite power in Baghdad: to ridicule the preacher Muqtada al-Sadr al-Zawraa blackens his teeth when it shows video of his face. Palmer claimed that al-Zawraa is a potent recruiting tool, inspiring foreign Arabs to cross the border as jihadists "to fuel the chaos in Iraq."
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