A bird's-eye view of Baghdad bombing

— 10:44 PM on April 2, 2003

It's hard to believe the quality of these satellite images showing the effects of the bombing strikes on Baghdad and surrounding areas. These full-color, high-res shots show in chilling detail how the airport runways were rendered useless and other, very specific targets were destroyed. The Baghdad overview shot shows the thick, black smoke plumes most likely caused by oil fires.

Whatever you think of the politics of this conflict, this sort of technology is critical in shaping the outcome. Interesting stuff.

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