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Iraq, its domain and the 'terrorist-funding' owner

Author: Kieren McCarthy

The war against Iraq may be drawing to a close but the war over its Internet future is just beginning. As with the overthrow of the Afghanistan regime by US forces, it is widely thought that the removal of Saddam Hussein from power will see the Middle Eastern country catch up with the rest of the world in terms of Internet infrastructure and use.

Currently, there is limited, expensive and state-controlled Internet use in Iraq, beamed via satellite since sanctions on the country have made it unable to install pipes and networks. In the north of the country, the Kurds have set up their own system free from Baghdad control by riding on the back of satellite feeds for Turkey. It too, however, remains very costly. But any Internet construction in Iraq will inevitably take place through its assigned country-code top-level domain - .iq.

Full Story: www.theregister.co.uk

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