Siege of Mecca: The Forgotten Uprising in Islam's Holiest Shrine Paperback – Aug 7 2008
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Language:Chinese.Paperback. Pub Date: 08 2008 Pages: 320 Publisher: Penguin 20 November 1979: as morning Prayers Began hundreds of hardline Islamist gunmen armed with rifles smuggled in Photobucket The stormed the Grand Mosque in Mecca With thousands of terrified worshipers trapped inside. the result was a bloody siege that lasted two weeks. caused hundreds of deaths. prompted an international diplomatic crisis and unleashed forces that would eventually lead to the rise of al Qaeda. Journalist Yaroslav Trofimov takes us day-by-day through one of the most momentous - and heavily censored - events in recent history. interviewing many direct participants in the siege and drawing on secret documents to reveal the truth about the first operation of modern global jihad.
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Many mistakes were made by these jihadist. First, these men were defiling Islam's holiest shrine. God forbid violence and bloodshed in the Grand Mosque. Their action was contrary to Muslim doctrines. Second, an attack on the House of Saud should have been an attack on Al Saud's family, not against God. Storming the Grand Mosque was an attack on Islam, and in the process, many innocent Muslim pilgrims died. Third, the jihadist believed that the Mahdi (in Muslim belief, a spiritual man who is believed to welcome the coming of Jesus Christ on Earth) was among them.
The Saudi royal family, with their little army of untrained men, was unable to fight off the jihadist, suffering many casualties. In desperation they enlisted the help of French commandos led by Captain Paul Barril. He used poison gas to finally knock out the insurgents.
I really enjoyed reading this book, and honestly, couldn't put it down. It reads like a spy novel.
The reader will gain much insight into the politics of Saudi Arabia, and what is more important, about the rise of the present jihadist terrorist attacks around the world. This is a necessary book for anyone wanting to understand why the September 11 attacks on US soil occurred.
I highly recommend this book!