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In February 2005, while the neo-cons were rattling the sabers with Iran, a CIA team made contact with Iranians across the northern Afghan border inside Iran. This border area is extremely remote and porous. Afghan Uzbeks loyal to ex-Communist warlord General Abdul Rashid Dostum, whose base of operations is Mazar-e-Sharif, are involved in a number of cross-border operations, including arms and heroin smuggling. It was through this network of Uzbeks and Iranians that the CIA was able to obtain documents on Iran's nuclear program, information that proved that Iran's nuclear capability had still not achieved weapons-grade status. That, of course, is not what the neocons in the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans and a sister unit in the Israeli Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem wanted to hear.
On February 3, 2005, after having secured sensitive documents on Iran's nuclear program, two CIA agents boarded a Kam Air Boeing 737-200 flight from Herat, near the Iranian border, to Kabul. The agents were anxious to get the documents to Langley. They and the documents never made it.
The Boeing crashed at an altitude of 11,000 feet on the summit of Chaperi Mountain, 20 miles east of Kabul. The plane's 104 passengers and crew, including the two CIA agents, were killed. Although the Pentagon's web site claims the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force made several attempts to look for survivors by helicopter but that these efforts were unsuccessful. In reality, a Pentagon Strategic Support Branch team did land at the crash site and found the bodies of the two CIA agents and grabbed the Iranian documents and quickly departed before Afghan ground troops appeared on the scene.
February 2005 Kam Air crash scene in Afghanistan. Vital intelligence crucial to CIA's analysis of Iran nuclear program lost along with two valuable agents. Indications that the CIA agents were another casualty of treasonous White House leaks about the CIA
Curiously, even though the documents recovered by the Pentagon team from the bodies of the CIA agents were intact, the cockpit voice recorder was never recovered. In addition, the flight recorder's previous 25 hours of data prior to the crash was erased