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Siege of Mecca: The Forgotten Uprising in Islam's Holiest Shrine

Yaroslav Trofimov

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ISBN 10: 0141034068 / ISBN 13: 9780141034065
Published by Penguin Books, 2008
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Title: Siege of Mecca: The Forgotten Uprising in ...

Publisher: Penguin Books

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Paperback

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20 November 1979: as morning prayers began, hundreds of hardline Islamist gunmen, armed with rifles smuggled in coffins, stormed the Grand Mosque in Mecca. With thousands of terrified worshippers 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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Yaroslav Trofimov joined The Wall Street Journal in 1999 and in 2001 became a roving foreign correspondent in the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, and the Balkans. He is also the author of Faith at War: A Journey on the Frontlines of Islam, from Baghdad to Timbuktu.

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