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Saudi Arabia versus Iran—the conflict tearing the Middle East apart

According to Kim Ghattas, the rivalry can be traced back to one eventful year: 1979

Kim Ghattas sheds new light on the Middle East, especially the roots of the Saudi-Iran rivalry. Instead of tracing the divisions back hundreds of years, Ghattas points to three critical events of 1979. The first was Iran’s Islamic revolution and the overthrow of the Shah; the second, the storming of the Grand Mosque of Mecca in Saudi Arabia by fundamentalists; and the third, the Soviet invasion…

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