November 21, THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

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**November 21, 1979 – The United States Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan** is attacked by a mob and set on fire, killing four. On November 22, 1979, Pakistani students, enraged by a radio report claiming that the United States had bombed the Masjid al-Haram, Islam’s holy site at Mecca, stormed the U.S. embassy in Islamabad, and burned it to the ground. Grand Mosque had suffered a terrorist attack, but the U.S. was not involved. The diplomats survived by hiding in a reinforced area, though Marine Security Guard Steve Crowley and another American were killed in the attack. On 20 November 1979, a Saudi Arabian Islamic zealot group had led a takeover of the Mosque at Mecca. Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini immediately claimed that Americans were behind the attack on Islam’s holiest place. This claim was repeated in media reports the morning of 21 November. The event started as a small, peaceful protest…

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