IKONOS Images Show War’s First Attacks

By Directions Staff

Directions Magazine obtained images courtesy of Space Imaging and its affiliates from an area along the Tigris River in Baghdad where the U.S.had intelligence about the whereabouts of Saddam Hussein.

On April 12, 2003, the Associated Press (AP) moved an in-depth story about the attack on Saddam and his sons on the first night of the Iraqi war.(see the AP story by John Lumpkin).The wire service also showed an IKONOS satellite image of the Dora (Daura) farm complex where the attack took place.The reporter used Space Imaging imagery to help build his story.

Below is the side by side (before & after) IKONOS image of the Dora farm area in Baghdad where coalition forces struck on March 19, 2003.This is the farming compound where the CIA thought Saddam and his two sons may have been seeking shelter in a bunker complex under the orchard.Specific and discrete targets were attacked within the farm/orchard grove.The grove is surrounded by a perimeter fence on all sides with the Tigris River along the northern end.

 
Above image on left courtesy of Space Imaging Middle East; image on right courtesy of  Space Imaging Eurasia - Click above for full scale image (800K)

The 'before' image was taken by the IKONOS satellite on Oct.7, 2002 from 423 miles in space as the satellite moved over the Middle East.The 'after' image was taken by IKONOS on April 1, 2003.The image below is an annotation that helps the eye see what has most probably changed on the ground.See also the map below showing where this facility is located within the Baghdad area.



Published Wednesday, April 16th, 2003

Written by Directions Staff



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