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Iraq war comes to you live on YouTube

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Mariwan Hama-Saeed, 27, checks YouTube and other online video sharing sites regularly for information about the war in his native Iraq. (Tiare Rath/Courtesy of Mariwan Hama-Saeed/CNS)


Steven Helton in an armored vehicle in Iraq. (Courtesy of Steven Helton/CNS)


Steven Helton on patrol in Ramadi in December of 2004. (Courtesy of Steven Helton/CNS)


Steven Helton (left) plays video games with a fellow soldier in Iraq. (Courtesy of Steven Helton/CNS)

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An influx of videos from insurgents and homemade clips from U.S. soldiers have helped transform YouTube and other video-sharing sites into an alternative news network. While such grim footage is readily available in DVD shops and markets across the Arab world, it is rarely shown on U.S. television news channels.