Iraq's international satellite channel, which broadcasts 24 hours a day, went off the air around the time of the raid but had resumed service four hours later.
Television is one of the biggest propaganda tools Saddam Hussein has. His regime has complete control of the airwaves, and has offered these images of the war to Iraqis:
A downed American helicopter
Dead and captured Americans
Resistance to coalition troops from Iraqi citizens
Injured Iraqi civilians
And Saddam has offered his own calls for mass uprising against the Americans.
"The enemy has violated your lands and now they are violating your tribes and families," Saddam said in a televised statement Tuesday. "If you cause them any damage, no matter how small, they will flee. Don't wait for our orders. Just fight them. Every one of you is a military leader. Fight them in small groups, hit their frontlines and their rear units so the whole advance will stop. And when it stops, attack them. If they deploy, leave them alone, don't fight them, but if they rest somewhere, attack."
Back on 4 hours later with a lesser signal.