January 9, 2018
What Life Under ISIS Looked Like from Space
Image by NOAA Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS)
A sandstorm swept through the besieged Iraqi city of Ramadi on the day it fell to the Islamic State. In the murk and confusion, suicide car bombs raced into the city center and leveled entire blocks. By the afternoon, the black flag of ISIS flew from the government headquarters.