Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Can GPS Data Free British Soldiers Held Captive in Iran?

Iran has captured 15 British marines and sailors who were allegedly in Iranian waters over the weekend. However, the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) has released GPS data about the locations of the British soldiers about 1.7 Miles inside Iraqi waters during routine exercises away from their ship, the H.M.S. Cornwall.
Iran claimed the Brits were .5 Miles in Iranian waters and detained the sailors and marines at gunpoint. Today, they will parade the captives live on Iranian TV which regardless of guilt or innocent is something I would not expect a civilized country to do.
Whether the GPS data released by the MoD can prove the innocence of the captive Brits it does show the importance of GIS and GPS within the military field. Check out more maps and pics from Sky News on the situation.

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