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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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Since a failed attempt to overthrow it nearly 40 years ago, the Saudi royal family has acted to prove its Islamic legitimacy. Some fundamentalists will never be convinced....

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