The Siege of Mecca

The Siege of Mecca

The Forgotten Uprising in Islam's Holiest Shrine and the Birth of Al Qaeda

Book - 2007
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On November 20, 1979, the first morning of a new Muslim century, hundreds of gunmen stunned the world by seizing Islam's holiest shrine, the Grand Mosque in Mecca. These men came from more than a dozen countries, launching the first operation of global jihad in modern times. They believed that the Saudi royal family had become a craven servant of American infidels, and sought a return to the glory of uncompromising Islam. With nearly 100,000 worshippers trapped inside the holy compound, the bloody siege lasted two weeks, inflaming Muslim rage against the U.S. and causing hundreds of deaths. The desperate Saudis finally enlisted the help of French commandos, who prepared the final assault. The Saudi royal family ultimately compromised with the rebels' supporters, helping to set free the forces that produced the attacks of 9/11 and the harrowing circumstances that surround us today.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2007.
ISBN: 9780385519250
0385519257
Characteristics: xii, 301 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., map ;,25 cm.

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SEBoiko
Aug 05, 2014

We have eliminated the individuals who committed the Juhayman crime, but we have over looked the ideology that was behind the crime. We've let it spread in the country, ignoring it as if it did not exist.

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Aug 04, 2014

Fighting in Mecca was not permitted for anyone before me, nor will it be permitted for anyone after me, the Prophet had declared ....

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SEBoiko
Aug 04, 2014

... the precariousness of the Saudi regime he insisted, should not be underestimated by Paris.

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Aug 04, 2014

The fear was if the Jordanians come to Mecca, they will never leave!

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SEBoiko
Aug 04, 2014

..., the Ulema essentially asked al Saud to adopt Juhayman's agenda in exchange for their help in getting rid of Juhayman himself.

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Aug 04, 2014

November 20 1979.
The seizure of the Grand Mosque -- the first large - scale operation by an international jihad movement in modern times --.

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