American Telephone & Telegraph Co. said direct dialing to Iraq ceased Wednesday night at 7:03 p.m.
A spokesman said AT&T did not know the cause of the disruption, and it was not clear whether the interruption of service was intentional or not. No other major telecommunications interruptions were reported, AT&T said.
As of yesterday, it was still possible to direct-dial to Saudi Arabia and other Middle Easter countries. AT&T is continuing to offer its free Desert Fax service, available through all AT&T phone centers, to anyone who wants to fax a message to servicemen stationed in the gulf.