|The Pentagon is setting up a global network of foreign-language news Web sites, including an Arabic site for Iraqis, and hiring local journalists to write current events stories and other content that promote U.S. interests and counter insurgent messages. Mawtani.com looks like a conventional news Web site. Only the "about " link at the bottom of the site takes readers to a page that discloses the Pentagon sponsorship.
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