May 7, 2011
It was some time after Friday prayers, and in Mohammad Umar’s barber shop a crowd had gathered to wait for a trim, hide from the rain and share the latest gossip. There was plenty to talk about.
The latest piece of news at the end of a week in which it had been revealed Osama Bin Laden had practically been their neighbour, was that a covert CIA surveillance team had also lived among them, unnoticed and unknown. Nobody was inclined to believe either proposition could be true.
“We have been living here for such a long time, so we know everything. We have been here and we have never seen such people,” claimed shopkeeper Kurram Khan, above the gentle chatter of a radio and the noise of scissors snipping through hair.