The deadly hostage crisis perpetrated by Islamist terrorists on the Algerian gas plant of Tiguentourine took place 25 miles west of the city of In Almenas.
This picture, taken by the SPOT-6 satellite on January 8, 2013, about one week before the crisis, is an example of satellites' potential use for military or security intelligence.
On the left of the shot, you can see the storage tanks of a former oil refinery. To the right, you can distinguish the Sonatrach company's residential base, outlined in black, and farther east, the Y-shaped airfield. The two landing strips, 1.2 miles and 1.8 miles long, respectively, provide a sense of scale.