Did 'Siege of Mecca' Give Birth to Al-Qaida?

In November 1979, gunmen in Mecca seized Islam's holiest shrine to proclaim the arrival of the Muslim messiah. It took Saudi forces, aided by French commandos, two weeks to flush the rebels out of Mecca. Author Yaroslav Trofimov argues that the way the rebellion was quashed helped spawn the birth of al-Qaida. Trofimov discusses his book with Jacki Lyden.

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

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