GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
October 6, 1981: Islamists assassinate President Anwar al-Sadat of Egypt.

Anwar al-Sadat's conflicts with Islamic groups in Egypt -- including a crackdown that led to the arrest of more than 1,500 people -- as well as enduring anger over the peace treaty he signed with Israel lead to his assassination. Hosni Mubarak succeeds him as president.

PBS Looking for Answers: Interviews: Yasser el-Sirri /shows/terrorism/interviews/el-sirri .html

Yasser el-Sirri, an Egyptian dissident and director of the Islamic Observation Center, argues that only a military coup or popular prising will change Egypt's "dictatorial" regime.