Osama Bin Laden’s Compound

Using Google Earth or Google Maps to spot the compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan in which Osama Bin Laden was hiding (until, um, yesterday) is, it turns out, a bit problematic, since the compound is more recent than the available satellite imagery: Google Earth Blog, Google Maps Mania and (especially) Ogle Earth explore the question.

Update, 6 PM:

Defense department maps and imagery of the Bin Laden compound has been released; see galleries here and here, among others. See also the New York Times’s interactive map. And then there’s this recent satellite image of Abbottabad from Digital Globe [edit: since removed] which Ogle Earth’s Stefan Geens has made into a Google Earth overlay.

And finally, a high resolution image of Abbottabad from GeoEye.

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