NATO announced a new website complete with links to Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. In an eerie flashback to the Vietnam War when the public watched the evening news with Walter Cronkite during the dinner hour, the war in Afghanistan is now available to everyone on their computer. It's operated and managed by NATO and not by any news organisation.
The content is complete with how, where, whom and what is going on in the country, complete with video clips of operations and interviews with commanding officers, the site leaves little to the imagination.
It even has a blog section. NATO clearly has concerns on how information is being published by the mainstream press and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) wants to broaden how information is delivered to the public;
The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) launched a new Web site today in an effort to more quickly deliver current, relevant and accurate news and information about military operations in Afghanistan directly to the public.
No longer will you have to wait for the dinner hour broadcast to get the latest coverage. It's now available around the clock. It will be interesting to see the update cycle and how the ISAF site publishes and reacts to outside news reports and information. President Obama announced yesterday the deployment of another 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan while NATO Secretary General Rasmussen said today that an additional 5,000 troops need to be found from within its organisation. This news is not on the ISAF website, but from the New York Times.