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Google Earth Comes In Handy In Baghdad

You know, I've tried using Google Earth to look at Baghdad out of curiosity. Large chunks of the map are not documented or accessible, so this see

You know, I've tried using Google Earth to look at Baghdad out of curiosity. Large chunks of the map are not documented or accessible, so this seems like a haphazard method at best. But I guess if everything around you is as chaotic as Baghdad has been these last few years, you'll grab for any bit of help you can.

BBC: (h/t OK)

Google is playing an unlikely role in the Iraq war. Its online satellite map of the world, Google Earth, is being used to help people survive sectarian violence in Baghdad.

As the communal bloodshed has worsened, some Iraqis have set up advice websites to help others avoid the death squads.

One tip - on the Iraq League site, one of the best known - is for people to draw up maps of their local area using Google Earth's detailed imagery of Baghdad so they can work out escape routes and routes to block.

It's another example of the central role technology plays in the conflict - with the widespread use of mobile phones, satellite television as well as the internet - by all sides and for many purposes.

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