How Somalia's legendary 'Mad Mullah' prefigured the rise of Osama bin Laden—and the 'forever war' between Islam and the West.
Explorers, journalists and adventurers going to Africa have long relied on local guides for advice and protection. Richard Burton, the intrepid Victorian-era explorer, employed a man he dubbed "the End of Time" when he made his way across the wastes of Somaliland in 1854.
Zohur Ahmed Dar had no reason to fear when he went to his neighborhood mosque one night late last year. But after an evening of prayer and ritual to celebrate the day the prophet Mohammed received revelations from God, Dar never made it back home.Riding his motor scooter through the dark streets of Srinagar--the summer capital of the disputed, Indian-ruled region of Kashmir--Dar was attacked by "unidentified gunmen" wearing masks.