Describing a U.S. attempt to buy back the Stinger missiles from the Taliban for six-to-eight million dollars, author James Bamford wrote: [CIA negotiator Gary] Schroen arrived on a chartered United Nations plane in February 1997. …The visit did not go well. [Taliban leader] Mullah [Mohammed] Omar refused permission to meet with them and sent them instead to a local governor, who rejected the offer.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – James Bamford, A Pretext for War, Pages 180-181