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The BBC withdrew an open request for the public to spot the location of Coalition troops after officials objected it was endangering the troops. A BBC spokesman "was unable to offer a detailed explanation of why anyone at the BBC should be seeking such information or whether any details on troop movements had been received." The Telegraph reports:
The request was removed from the website after it sparked furious protests that the corporation was endangering the lives of British servicemen and women.
But according to accounts last night, a story on a major operation by US and Iraqi troops against al-Qa'eda somewhere north of Baghdad contained an extraordinary request for information about the movement of troops.
Last night the BBC confirmed the wording of the request was: "Are you in Iraq? Have you seen any troop movements? If you have any information you would like to share with the BBC, you can do so using the form below."