Cunning and patient, Khalid was forced to join in raids against neighbouring groups from a young age. He bided his time before he made contact with a young, naive British woman captured by insurgents and held captive in Algeria. When she was freed, she carried his coded message to MI6. An alcoholic living deep undercover among Islamic radicals, Khalid keeps his disguise intact by killing any man who sees him drink. Fortunately for him, the local life expectancy is so low that he has yet to attract suspicion.