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Media use of Thuraya phones restricted in Iraq
Posted: 30-Mar-2003 [Source: Reuters via telecomasia]

[Thuraya satellite phones with their GPS tracking capability have been considered a risk to troops in the field and have been ordered off the battlefield.]

"US military commanders in Iraq have banned the use of certain satellite phones carried by journalists attached to their units, apparently fearing the signal could give away their location to Iraqi forces.

Several Reuters reporters with US forces in Iraq said on Sunday they had been told to switch their Thuraya satellite phones off. One said his phone was being confiscated.

"Officers have ordered me to hand my phone in and I am giving it to one of the officers," correspondent Matthew Green said. Other journalists traveling with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force were also having phones taken, he said. "They say it's for security, that the Iraqis can use it to triangulate the signal and fire missiles," Green said."

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