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Assassination of Imad ad-Din Zengi by Frankish Slave

Imad ad-Din Zengi

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Imad ad-Din Zengi, founder of the Zengid Dynasty, is assassinated by a Frankish slave he had threatened to punish. Zengi's capture of Edessa from the Crusaders in 1144 had made him a hero among Muslims and led to the launching of the Second Crusade.

Zengi's sudden death will throw his army into a panic, causing it to disintegrate. Members of his court loot his treasure, and the Crusaders quickly take advantage of the situation by marching on the various territories he had captured from them over the past few years.

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