On November 20, 1979, worldwide attention was focused on Tehran, where the Iranian hostage crisis was entering its third week. The same morning, the first of a new Muslim century, hundreds of gunmen stunned the world by seizing Islam's holiest shrine, the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Armed with rifles that they had smuggled inside coffins, these men came from more than a dozen countries, launching the first operation of global jihad in modern times.
""The Siege" - A Review"
"Iraq Cleric’s Moves Test Political Order" is from the May 02, 2016 World section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Yaroslav Trofimov and Carol E. Lee and narrated by Alexander Quincy.