About time - always found it baffling that they weren't since day one. IIRC there was a story relatively recently about GE pictures used in planning an attack on a base in the middle-east? Afraid I can't find a link.
Nothing new here really. When civ satellite pictures first became available they could be got of NI when our bases were not shown on maps. When i told someone some time ago that you can pick out which cars have sunroofs on the resolution available for TBK they seemed a little surprised.
You might not be able to get free Google Earth images, but you can still buy the commercial stuff. Do bad guys not have access to readies for such purchases?
The pictures were good enough to pick out individual vehicles. I saw some of Basra Palace and you could clearly see Warriors parked outside the cookhouse. I am amazed it's taken so long. Actually, I'm not at all, given this government's track record.
I was able to find myself on Google Earth: Well, I found my tank in the tank park in LSA Anaconda, and a bunch of dots which were my platoon and myself doing pre-movement maintanance, so I know I was one of the dots...
However, the pictures were about a year, year and a half old at the time and the base that I was in up in Mosul two years go did not appear at all until a refresh a few months ago.
Basically, the Iraqis are more likely to get current information on the base layout from all the workers who come onto the base to earn some money than from someone sitting at the computer screen.