Little-known dimension to war on terrorism is playing out in East Africa

By Shashank Bengali
Knight Ridder Newspapers

SANKABAR, Ethiopia - This is the war on terrorism that most Americans haven't heard of:

A few days after Christmas, U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Adam Reed rode into the parched, hungry village of Sankabar with a present: a new water pump. Last week, Reed returned to the village, where elders gleefully showed the soldier from Sidon, Miss., what the simple irrigation system had brought: budding green fields of corn, bananas and oranges, the most promising crops in years.