Satellite Spots Syrian Violence from Space

Satellite images reveal the ongoing violence taking place in Syria according to the US State Department. In a Facebook posting on February 10, the State Department shared images that show artillery batteries, armored vehicles, fire, and evidence of shelling in several Syrian cities, include Homs, considered to be the center of anti-government resistance.

“Satellite photos have captured both the carnage and those causing it — the artillery is clearly there, it is clearly bombing entire neighborhoods, and it marks a new low for the Assad regime,” US ambassdor to Syria Robert Ford wrote in a Facebook posting.  The State Department withdrew from the embassy in Damascus on February 6.

The image below was generated by a commercial satellite operated by DigitalGlobe and was taken on February 6. Interpretation was provided by the US State Department.

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Having wandered into professional writing and editing after a decade in engineering, science, and management, I now enjoy reintegrating the dichotomy by bringing space technology and policy within reach of an interested public. I lead a fantastic all-volunteer staff as Managing Editor of Space Safety Magazine and keep my pencil sharp as Proposal & Publication Manager for INNOVIM, a NASA/NOAA contractor. In my spare time, you’ll find me advocating for greater appreciation of the International Space Station, supporting International Space University projects, and every so often, reading a book.

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