Iran's Islamic Revolution inspired, divided militants

next Image 1 of 2 prev Image 2 of 2 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Inspired in part by Iran's Islamic Revolution, a young Egyptian army lieutenant emptied his machine gun into President Anwar Sadat in 1981, killing a leader who made peace with Israel and offered the shah a refuge after his overthrow.

The assassination carried out by Khalid al-Islambouli and others from a Sunni Islamic extremist group showed the power of Iran's Shiite-led revolution across the religious divides of the Muslim world.

Islamists initially saw Iran's revolution as the start of an effort to push out the strongman Arab nationalism that had taken hold across the Middle East.

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