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Internet Access Halts in Syria

Internet traffic to and from Syria halted abruptly Tuesday. The Syrian government claims the disruption is the work of terrorists. Western security analysts claim the more likely explanation is that the Syrian government shut down the Internet as it did for three days in November 2012. David Belson, product line director for custom analytics and MCDN, Akamai Technologies, an Internet-content delivery service provider, told the BBC “the failure of a single optical cable [due to being cut] is unlikely to cause a complete internet outage for the country.” Observers assume the move is meant to subvert communication among opposition members who have fought a civil war against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime for two years. The government-owned Syrian Arab News Agency reported that the fault would be fixed “as soon as possible.” (The Washington Post)(BBC)(CloudFlare)

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