Thursday, February 15, 2007

Perspective: Google Earth, the survival tool of war-torn Iraq

Iraqis are using maps adapted from Google Earth satellite images to help navigate the sectarian neighbourhoods of Baghdad.

After The Daily Telegraph revealed that Shia terrorists in southern Iraq had been using the internet company's aerial photographs to pinpoint British bases, it has emerged that Google Earth images of the capital are being transferred from the internet to CDs and sold or passed among locals.

The information is also being annotated to identify trouble spots and the religious allegiance of districts with notes superimposed over the maps warning of such perils as a "battle area" or a mosque used by insurgents or militias prone to kill or kidnap.

Read the rest at the Telegraph