What Anwar Sadat’s murder 40 years ago meant for the Middle East

Source: Bruce Riedal

Author(s): Brookings

Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2021/10/01/what-anwar-sadats-murder-40-years-ago-meant-for-the-middle-east/

Forty years ago, on October 6, 1981, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was assassinated by Islamist terrorists in Cairo. I was then the Egypt analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and had just published an internal paper on the prospects for succession if Sadat was killed, which I judged to be likely given the deep opposition to his unilateral peace deal with Israel. Sadat’s death set in train the disastrous road to the war in Lebanon in 1982, the creation of Hezbollah, and the seeds of al-Qaida.

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