Al Salamu 'Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh
On December 10 1979 – less than a week after Juhayman* was captured in Makka- Ustinov** summoned the Soviet Chief of Staff and ordered him to begin assembling a force of 75,000 to 80,000 soldiers along the Afghan-Soviet frontier. Two days later, the most senior members of the Soviet Politburo gathered in the Kremlin. The meeting’s top-secret, handwritten resolution was entitled simply “On Situation in A”. It formally authorized a war that would transform the world of Islam and eventually cause the
Soviet Union itself to disintegrate.
*Juhayman ibn Saif al-Utaybi, the leader of the rebels who besieged the House of Allah in Makka in the name of the fake Mahdi.
**Defense Minister Dmitri Ustinov of the
Taken from “The Siege of
” by Yaroslav Trofimov. Mecca