05 Dec '11, 3am

How al Qaeda wins over villagers - with hellos and chocolates

SOKOLO (Mali) - The first time the members of Al Qaeda emerged from the forest, they politely said hello. Then the men carrying automatic weapons asked the frightened villagers if they could please take water from the well. Before leaving, they called over the children to give them chocolate. That was 18 months ago and, since then, the bearded men in tunics like those worn by Osama bin Laden have returned for water every week. Each time they go to lengths to exchange greetings, ask for permission and act neighbourly, according to locals, in the first intimate look at how Al Qaeda tries to win over a village. Besides candy, the men hand out cash. If a child is born, they bring baby clothes. If someone is ill, they prescribe medicine. When a boy was hospitalised, they dropped off plates of food and picked up the tab. With almost no resistance, Al Qaeda has implanted itself i...

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