It has been a very disappointing experience to revisit the websites of the moblogging US soldiers from Iraq at Yafro 18 days after our first visit. Some sites seem to be down permanently. Appallingly the best and strongest pictures (not in terms of bestiality) were taken off the websites and what is left is mainly a nightmare of triviality. Some other new sites present mainly gossip. Our hero TheTiredDirtySoldier is still online, but his site is not listed anymore in the Yafro directory Yafros on the Frontline (WHY?) and -- being a very talented amateur in writing and shooting -- he or they or whoever removed his expressive pictures... .
Initially we wanted (Link) to collect other images before their removal... but what we had been too late. If we would have only linked in our earlier posts to the various sites at Yafro these links would now point to nowhere. However, as said before, we downloaded and stored them. The remaining pictures mainly have a very superficial character. Obviously someone wants us to see only these images and that´s why we won´t post them here.
Sadly enough (see also this story), at least one image (see below) from a soldier at Yafro seems to be stolen by this guy who obviously tries to make money with the images -- "exclusively" -- as he writes on his website. Obviously this guy (who has mainly holiday photography on his site) has never been in Iraq. If ever one of the soldiers or their relatives should read this -- talk to your lawyer to send him a nice letter. Copyright infringement -- ever heard of? And the next guy is waiting: "I saw some of your photos of Iraq at alt.binaries.pictures.military. I would be willing to host some of you photos on my site. Just e-mail me [email protected] I have 1000 megs to loan and 50gb of bandwidth per month). So in the end the images might go back to where they belong -- the army. The image below is this image from the soldier LowControl at Yafro (Ooopppps!!) and is also listed here (upper left image). Theprecipice.org explains it would only mirror the images of that guy who wants to earn money with them.
[Update July 10, 2004: It turned out that finally some/most of the images presented by one or more moblogging soldier at Yafro as an image taken by himself/themselves, were probably stolen; very often from professional photojournalists. Explanation here. We tried to assign a proper copyright to all photos of doubtful origin. Origin of the image above: David Leeson/Dallas Morning News.]