The following story will move Sunday as this week’s Monday Spotlight, a feature showcasing the best off-the-news enterprise in the AP report.
IRAN-REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY-INSPIRED MILITANTS _ Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution initially inspired both Islamic militants and Islamists across the Middle East. They saw the revolution as the start of an effort to push out the strongman Arab nationalism that had taken hold across the Middle East. However, analysts say Iran’s push to back militants in the wider region and Saudi Arabia’s efforts to mobilize the Sunni world against the Shiite power would turn many away. By Jon Gambrell. 1,000 words, photos.