GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
November 1979: Militant Islamic extremists seize the Holy Mosque of Mecca to protest increasing Western influence, but are defeated by Saudi forces.

A group of Sunni Muslim fundamentalists calling for the overthrow of the pro-Western Saudi government barricades themselves inside the Holy Mosque of Mecca. After two weeks of fighting, the siege ends, leaving 27 Saudi soldiers and more than 100 rebels dead. Sixty-three more rebels are later publicly beheaded.

PBS Hunting bin Laden: About the bin Laden /shows/binladen/who/family.html

Excerpts from a report dealing with prominent Saudi families of Yemeni origin

PBS Saudi Time Bomb?: Saudi Arabia /shows/saudi/etc/cron.html

A chronology of the country's history and key events in the U.S.-Saudi relationship.

PBS Saudi Arabia Overview /lo/countries/sa/sa_overview.html

This country report summarizes the economic development of Saudi Arabia from 1910 to the present and can be explored by category and by year.