18 March 2007

YouTube's "boots on the ground" Channel

Coalition operations receive YouTube treatment

"We want the American public, from an unfiltered vantage point, to be able to see what coalition forces and Iraqi security forces are doing here in Iraq," said Army Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, MNF-I spokesman.
Coalition Servicemembers Reach Out to America via YouTube
The initiative first came about when Soldiers began brainstorming about how to reach out and share stories of what's happening in Iraq with a greater number of people. The group determined that the user-generated Web site would be a perfect venue for the more visually oriented, younger American audience. ...

The most popular, with more than 2,000 views, is a Jan. 24 clip from Operation Tomahawk Strike 11. The video shows Army Soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Division alongside soldiers from the 6th Iraqi Army Division engaging insurgents from a high-rise building during a series of targeted raids.
The MNF-Iraq Channel on YouTube is currently #40 - Most Subscribed (This Week).
Video clips document action as it appeared to personnel on the ground and in the air as it was shot. We will only edit video clips for time, security reasons, and/or overly disturbing or offensive images.
Combined with CENTCOM's videos (RSS) and the Pentagon Channel, that's a good deal of multimedia outreach to the American people and the world.

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