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How the 1979 Siege of Mecca Haunts the House of Saud

Stephen Rakowski
Sub-Saharan Africa Analyst, Stratfor
Jul 2, 2017 | 13:04 GMT
Mecca's Grand Mosque burns in November 1979 during a siege by several hundred Muslim militants seeking to overthrow the House of Saud. The two-week siege moved the Saudi royal family to counter claims it was not
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Despite the incident's gravity and its lingering influence on Islamist terrorism, the Grand Mosque's siege is a historical footnote nearly 40 years later. Saudi Arabia quickly shut down its communication channels to the outside world as the event unfolded. Since then, it has had no desire to discuss the most...

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