Conflict censorship? YouTube deletes footage of coalition airstrikes

Footage of coalition airstrikes against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq has been removed and restricted by YouTube, sparking a furious censorship row for the video sharing site.

Videos allowing the world to see the devastation of the war have been deleted by YouTube – videos which offer press and public alike a rare window of transparency on the behavior of coalition forces.

This is in spite of jihadist propaganda remaining rife on the web.

Official coalition videos, released by the US Central Command and International Coalition for Operation Inherent Resolve, have been taken off the sharing platform or had age restrictions applied.

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  • Brett McS

    Instead of complaining to YouTube like grovelling infidels, big operations like the US DoD should just announce that they are posting the videos to vid.me (et al) and leave it at that. Build up Google’s competitors.

    • Alain

      Or clasify them as utilities which they are.

    • We all need to do that.

  • BillyHW

    It’s because they support ISIS.

  • Hard Little Machine

    If a million people put pictures in f Mohamed…..

  • “reductio ad absurdum” – they have gone quite nuts.