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Finding an ISIS Training Camp Using Google Earth 134

Posted by Soulskill
from the bet-you-wished-you'd-stuck-to-word-of-mouth dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Terrorist organization ISIS has been in the news a lot lately for their hostile activities in Iraq and Syria. They've also been very active online, posting propaganda and photos on various social networking sites to try to recruit more members. Frequently, they'll have pictures of themselves in nondescript locations — but even carefully selected images give clues to a real location. Citizen journalists at Bellingcat analyzed a group of these photos, comparing buildings and bridges in the background to images from Google Earth. With very little to go on, they were able to pinpoint the location of a terrorist training camp.
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Finding an ISIS Training Camp Using Google Earth

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  • Re:I'm looking now (Score:0, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 22, 2014 @05:53PM (#47733257)

    If only it were that easy.
    Unfortunately, even if they are scum and deserve death, they are in another country and that country protects them, preventing anyone else from entering the country in order to get rid of them. Doing so without "permission" will lead to more trouble than it's worth.

  • Re:I'm looking now (Score:3, Interesting)

    by ShaunC (203807) on Friday August 22, 2014 @09:56PM (#47734417)

    The Kurds helped those people on the mountain escape to Turkey (likely with clandestine US involvement as well). ISIS was actually using Turkey's old embassy in Mosul to hold some Turks hostage for awhile, so it's no surprise that this training camp turned up in Mosul. Neat detective work tracking it down, though.

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