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Palestine Despatches

September 11, 1924
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Strong forces of the Wahabbis have invaded the territory of the Kingdom of Hedjas and occupied Taif, southeast of Mecca. The Hedjas troops have been compelled to retreat, according to a telegraphic message received here from Mecca.

The attack of the Wahabbis on the Kingdom of Hedjas, of which the lately proclaimed Caliph Hussein is King follows and attack made by the same Wahabbi forces on the capital of Transjordania, Amman, of which Emir Abdullah, the son of King Hussein, is ruler.

The attack of the Wahabbis on Transjordania, in which ten thousand cavalry troops participated, was repulsed after the intervention of British aeroplanes.

Startling details in connection with the attacks of the Wahabbis, the dangerous religious sect of the Arabian peninsula, under the leadership of Sultan Ibn Saoud, on the Arabian kingdoms ruled by the Hussein family, are being revealed to-day. It was disclosed that the attack of the Wahabbis on Transjordania was a result of a rivelry between the ruler of Transjordania, Emir Abdullah, and his Prime Minister, Rikabi Pasha. While his ruler, the Emir Abdullah went on a pilgrimage to Meoca, the Prime Minister visited all the Bedouin tribes on the Arabian peninsula and incited them against the Hussein Dynasty. Several brigandage cases in Transjordania, as well as in French Syria, were a result of the Prime Minister’s journey.

The forceful attack of the Wahabbis on the capital of Transjordania, occurred just on the day when the Emir was scheduled to arrive from his pilgrimage and he had a narrow escape from being captured by the Wahabbis. The attack of the Wahabbis on the Hedjas is another step of this drama of oriental intrigues.

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