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Sadat Assassination

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Egyptian president Anwar al-Sadat was assassinated in Cairo by Islamic extremists within the Egyptian army on October 6, 1981. They killed him for negotiating a peace agreement with Israel in 1979.

Sadat was a close confidant of Gamal Abdel Nasser, whom he succeeded as President in 1970, but in his eleven years as president he changed Egypt’s direction, departing from some of the economic and political principles of Nasserism. He reinstitute the multi-party system and launched an open-door policy towards Israel. Although he started the Yom Kippur War together with al-Assad of Syria to regain the Sinai Peninsula, he later pursued peace openly with Israel. Sadat became the first Arab leader to officially visit Israel and he spoke before the Knesset

However, his peace agreement made him extremely unpopular in the Middle East and led to Egpyt being expelled from the Arab League. Wikipedia details his assassination and aftermath.

Written by Alex Selwyn-Holmes

May 25, 2009 at 9:41 am

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  1. who was the photographer of this particular photo??


    January 29, 2011 at 3:43 am

  2. the photo is lightly reminiscent of Hitler assassination scene from Inglourious Basterds. what is it that gives the whole killing-people-in-the-large-indoors-but-open-space its cinematic appeal? maybe we’re just drawn to cage fighting as a species.


    April 20, 2011 at 12:20 pm

  3. Can’t remember the photog but he managed to shoot close to a whole roll – this was pre-digital, He made a lot of money from this one photo. I feel if this shot had been photographed within the past 5 years, it would be a lot tighter.
    In those days, no self-respecting photog used zoom lenses. But these days, with almost everyone using the trinity zoom combination, the photog would have been able to crop more tightly in-camera.


    July 16, 2012 at 1:28 pm

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