Dust Storm Over Iraq Covers Baghdad – July 1st, 200933.3N 44.3E
A large dust storm reaches from Saudi Arabia to the Iraq-Iran border, covering much of Iraq including the capital, Baghdad.
The close-up focuses on an area in central Iraq. The Tigris (above) and Euphrates (below) Rivers, Lake Buhayrat ath Tharthar (center) and Lake Milh (bottom right) are partially visible. The city of Baghdad, east of the lakes, cannot be seen beneath the thick veil of dust.
The storm forced the closure of Baghdad’s airport due to poor visibility and thus caused a one-day postponement of Iraq’s historic oil development auction – the opening of bids entered by foreign oil companies (for the first time since the nationalization of the industry over 30 years ago) hoping to develop the country’s large oil reserves.