The Associated Press reports that Al-Rai TV, a station based in Damacus, closed its doors on December 5.
Al-Rai has devoted much of its programming to criticism of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq since it opened in 2004.
But with the American troop drawdown apparently running on schedule, Al-Rai’s Iraqi owner decided it was time to shut down, according to AP:
Mishan al-Jabouri, a former Iraqi lawmaker and Damascus-based exile, said it was "no longer suitable" to have a Damascus-based channel run by Iraqi opposition figures and so he has closed Al-Rai TV.
Al-Jabouri has long touted himself as an Arab nationalist opposed to U.S. interventions in the Middle East and a supporter of Iraqi Sunni insurgents against American troops. But now, with the last U.S. soldiers to leave Iraq by the end of the month, al-Jabouri said there was no longer a need for the station, which went off the air Dec. 5.
"This page has been closed, thus resistance in Iraq should come to an end as a result," he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
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