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Ali's Persian War
Siege of Mecca
4 April 638
12 July 638
Mecca, Talibid Caliphate
Siege abandoned after three months
Yazdegerd III Rostam Farrokhzad
Ali ibn Abu Talib Sa`d ibn Abi Waqqas
Casualties and Losses
The Siege of Mecca occurred in 638 during the Persian invasion of Arabia in retaliation for the Talibid Caliphate sponsoring an uprising in the province of Lakhmia.
Having pinned the bulk of the Caliphate's army in the north, along with its best general, Khalid ibn al-Walid, a Persian army under general Rostam Farrokhzad was able to march along the coast and subjugate Bahrain, Muscat and Hadramut without facing much opposition. In late 637 Rostam defeated an Abyssinian army at the Battle of Abyan and thereby cleared the way through the Yemen. Leaving a small force to take control of the area, he marched north toward Mecca.