Blackhawk helicopters land in Afghanistan. Photo credit: USACE HQ, Flickr Creative Commons.
When the CIA conducted a 2004 drone strike in Pakistan to eliminate a Taliban militant named Nek Mohammed, a new stage of covert war began.
The Nek Mohammed operation was the first CIA drone strike in Pakistan, and marked what has become a growing trend of the CIA taking an offensive, more militaristic role.
New York Times correspondent Mark Mazzetti says that the lines have been blurred between soldier and spy.
"The CIA has the ability to carry out what they call covert actions around the world." Mazzetti tells Steve Fast, "The military has historically operated more restrictive authorities...but what we've seen in the last decade is this blurring of the lines."
Mazzetti is the author of the book "The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and the a War at the Ends of the Earth."
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