PARIS—Two Islamic policemen patrol the city of Timbuktu, Mali, in 2012, making sure that sharia law is being enforced. The first man’s voice sounds calm as he politely asks women to cover their faces with their veils. The second man carries an AK-47 assault rifle. At the end of the patrol, with a joyful tone, they say to camera, “The market was very secure, the women were enough veiled, Abdullah!”
Though the years of radical Islam seem gone in the North Africa country after being toppled from power in 2013 by French military intervention, the opening scene of the movie by François Margolin, “Salafistes,” or “Jihadists” by its English name, catches a rare glimpse of the an ever-present terror in Africa and Maghreb.
In 2012, Margolin got an intimate look at some of the most dangerous groups in the world—North African jihadists, whom he got exclusive footage of.
Margolin managed to meet with ISIS spokespeople and Al-Qaeda leaders who are wanted in America, including Omar Ould Hamaha, who U.S. military has a $3 million bounty on. Hamaha has since been declared dead, and the bounty has been taken off. According to Margolin, such information needs more than a thorough check. He says that Islamist leaders by far prefer to be dead to the eyes of western countries than to be hunted.
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