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Donald Rumsfeld later explained, using the passive voice of government: Within days of the strike, journalists on the ground were collecting accounts from local Afghans that the dead men were civilians gathering scrap metal. The Pentagon media pool began asking questions, and so the long decade of the drone began.
It began to fly armed drones after the September 11 attacks. Some were used during the air war against the Taliban in late The February attack was a pure CIA kill operation, undertaken separately from any ongoing military operation.
This sighting by an unarmed drone was what had led to the first arguments among the White House and CIA about arming drones with missiles, a debate that simmered until it was snuffed out by the September 11 attacks.
Initial indications would seem to say that these are not peasant people up there farming. In the s CIA officers and journalists used to visit the base. President Bill Clinton ordered a strike on the area with Tomahawk cruise missiles in after the two Africa embassy bombings, and the US military pummeled it with airstrikes beginning in late For a time the military thought that bin Laden and his Al Qaeda forces might have fled to Zhawar Kili after the battle of Tora Bora a puzzling hypothesis because the area had already been hit by withering fire and was more exposed than Tora Bora.
In January the military sent several search and demolition units there to gather leftover material with potential intelligence value and to blow up the caves. By February the place had been deserted by militants for months. Several journalists headed to Zhawar Kili after the strike and spoke with local leaders and the families of the dead, who confirmed the identities of the men killed: Daraz Khan, the tall man, about 31, from the village of Lalazha, and two others, Jehangir Khan, about 28, and Mir Ahmed, about 30, from the village of Patalan.
The men had climbed to the mountainous area to forage for leftover metal from the US airstrikes, bits of shrapnel and bomb tail fins—scavengers could fetch about 50 cents per camel load. Although Daraz Khan was admittedly tall by Afghan standards—5 feet 11 inches—he was six inches shorter than bin Laden.
Reading about the strike later, I felt a slight connection with Daraz Khan.
I am also 5 feet 11, and at around the same period I spent time foraging for bomb fragments in remote locations in Afghanistan. As a researcher for Human Rights Watch, working on an assessment of the US air war in the winter and spring ofI had visited locations like Zhawar Kili.
With colleagues I had climbed into craters, poked at the twisted tail fins of bombs, and interviewed witnesses and families of the dead. And I was the tallest among my colleagues.
Perhaps I could have been mistaken for bin Laden too. The reason is simple: There were limits to the risks that could be taken.The Venus Project advocates an alternative vision unlike any social system that has gone before.
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