Chickens and roosters and fields surround the compound, which is set apart from other homes in the neighborhood. Littered nearby are remnants of the Blackhawk helicopter that US forces destroyed Sunday after it was grounded by a mechanical failure during the operation. Local children gathered up the scraps and sold them for a few hundred Rupees to journalists.
Many articles mention the compound's thick, high walls. Indeed, up to 15 feet high in certain spots – some brick, some concrete, and most charred after a day of fires inside the compound – they were topped with three tiers of barbed wire to keep out prying eyes. Most other gates in the area lack barbed wire, setting this compound apart from the rest of the neighborhood.