IMINT starting to appear on Osama Bin Laden compound

6:11EST: Updated below with GeoEye imagery.

Following last night’s (EST) raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound, various geospatial blogs and news sources such as the Guardian and BBC have posted maps of the exact location.

Ogle Earth has a fascinating blog post where the location is gradually narrowed down over a very short time span, using various sources.

Some of this has been confirmed by amateur sources, such as this interesting ridgeline comparison using Al Jazeera and GE:


Click for larger images, or see originals here.

Now Colorado-based satellite company DigitalGlobe (largest contract: with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency) has released an image it took of the Osama Bin Laden compound area in January, 2011:

Click here for maximum size (~6MB).

Stefan (Ogle Earth) is already on it with this Google Earth overlay:

I must say it’s worth paying attention to where new imagery is posted, but in a case like this it’s only obvious after the event.

Update (6:11EST). Not to be outdone, GeoEye satellite imagery is now available (1-meter, color), dated May 2, 2011.

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