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Following the conflict



More and more people are relying on the Internet for their news, and that goes double for times of war. The benefits are obvious:

• Coverage is in real-time, updated frequently;

• The news is tangible and timely – the who, what, where, when, and how, backed by the latest data. Newspaper coverage is generally a day old, and television coverage is linear, limited to what is taking place right now. If the data isn’t in, that results in endless chatter and speculation on what might be happening. By way of comparison, the Internet does not report on just one story at a time, but provides a collection of different stories which allows browsers to pick and choose, and go back to the ones they are interested in.

• The news is truly multimedia, featuring video and audio news, as well as a variety of different kinds of written reports.

• Online news comes from a variety of different sources and vantage points, rather than the correspondents of any one newspaper group or network.

• It’s fast. You don’t have to wait for news items to appear, which means the information is there when you want it.

As a result of the convenience of the Web, most news sites have been experiencing double or triple the number of visitors since the bombing began on March 19. Although the war is wrapping up quickly, news sites are expecting numbers to stay high through the aftermath.

Here is a list of interesting news Web sites to check out.

Straight News

Visit these sites for the nitty-gritty, all-killer-no-filler, nuts and bolts news of the war.


Just as Google conquered the search engine market, they also seem to be making pretty good headway in the news department with a site that catalogues news stories filed from around the world, from sources as diverse in nature as USA Today and the Arab News.

It’s also updated around the clock, and although the stories come from a variety of different news organizations, they’re organized into different subjects.


The last Gulf War made CNN what it is, and although the network has lost ground lately to the more tabloid and conservative Fox News, they are poised to reclaim their market share in this conflict with more reporters on the ground and embedded with U.S. forces than any other network.

Although the over the top Hollywood graphics and endless speculation by so-called experts can be irritating at times, CNN always comes through in the clutch when something goes down.