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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Footage of Juhayman Al Otaybi

Amazing footage of Juhayman Al Otaybi (sometimes spelled al-Otaibi or numerous other variants), the ringleader behind the disastrous 1979 siege of Mecca. The footage, originally broadcast on Saudi government-controlled TV, also shows the dead body of the alleged Mahdi Juhayman was promoting with the attack. (The Mahdi is an apocalyptic figure in some strains of Islam.)

For more on this landmark event, see:

  • The Siege at Mecca Sourcebook (November 2006)
  • The Siege Of Mecca by Yaroslav Trofimov (September 2007)


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