A Maxar Technologies satellite in orbit has noticed the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, showing views of the New Year’s Day march from above.
Maxar’s WorldView-3 Earth-observation satellite captured photographs of crowds of demonstrators at the U.S. Embassy Compound in Baghdad on January 1. The pictures show demonstrators at the entrance of the compound, with the black crest from a small fire seen in one picture.
Thousands of pro-Iranian protesters crowded the American Embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday, forcing their way into the U.S. compound and set fires on some outbuildings.
Embassy personnel had been trapped inside the compound during the demonstration. By Wednesday, these crowds had been smaller and remained outside the compound.
The demonstrators had been protesting American airstrikes on Iran supported militias. The airstrikes have been in response to a rocket offensive on an Iraqi army base that killed an American contractor and wounded several Iraqi and U.S. military service members.
The U.S. airstrikes blew five targets in Iraq and Syria, killing at least 24 individuals and wounding 48 others. Iranian officers have said the airstrikes killed 31 individuals. By January 2, the crowds of demonstrators had dispersed in a full retreat pushed by Iran supported militias.
Maxar’s WorldView-3 satellite that captured the brand new photos has been catching Earth imagery from orbit for over five years.
The satellite was launched in 2014. It can resolve features as small as 1 foot (31 centimeters) across.