VOA: Iraq’s Iraq TV network loses its channel after ISIS takeover
VOA is reporting that Iraq’s national television network has been completely shut down.
The network, which is a major player in broadcasting in Iraq, has been broadcasting news from Baghdad since 2012.
It has been part of the government-owned Iraqi National Broadcasting System (INABS) since the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
The Iraqi state-run media announced the news on their official Twitter account.
“NEWS: Iraq has announced that its national television channel is completely closed down due to the ISIS attack on its network,” the statement reads.
“We do not know the reason for the closure of the channel.”
The statement did not provide further details.
News of the shut down comes as Iraq’s security forces launched an operation to retake Fallujah, a major hub for ISIS militants in the country’s north.
Fallujah was once Iraq’s second-largest city.
It was seized by ISIS in 2014, but was later retaken by Iraqi forces and a U.S.-led coalition.