During the time of the Crusades, a special group known as the Assassins arose out of the Middle East. They were led by a figure known as the “old man on the mountain.” These were expertly trained, clandestine, professional killers. They were fueled by fanaticism. Never before in history had such a small number of fighters been able to change the course of nations and history. This episode in my History of Terrorism podcast series tells the story of who were the assassins.
If you enjoyed this podcast episode check out the complete series on the History of Terrorism.
History of Terrorism – Part 2: The Assassins
They set a standard for future terrorists to follow. Even today groups like al-Qaeda try to emulate the tactics and effectiveness of the Assassins.
Here are some additional links if you would like to read more about this terrorist group from ancient history: