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[liberationtech] Iraq block Social media

David Gessel gessel at
Sat Jun 14 09:31:18 PDT 2014

I have a VPN connection to Iraq  109.224.XXX.XXX

  ISP: earthlink ltd. communications&internet services

I tested Facebook, youtube, google, and twitter and all loaded normally. 
   Traceroute showed no anomalies.

My Iraqi friends are posting normally on FB at the moment.

The responsible ministry would be the CMC, which can be reached at
or for arabic speakers:

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [liberationtech] Iraq block Social media
From: Bahaa Nasr <iwpr.lebanon at>
To: liberationtech <liberationtech at>, 
iwpr.lebanon at
Date: Fri Jun 13 2014 11:22:16 GMT-0700 (Pacific Standard Time)

> Iraq today blocked Twitter, Google, YouTube, Facebook, and other sites,
> in response to the uprising of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
> The Iraq government ordered the country’s ministry of communications to
> block the sites “over fears that the Islamic State of Iraq and the
> Levant (ISIS) was using the outlets to organize their insurgency.”
> Although other publications report that the cause for the block is unclear.

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