Saladin & Muslim Army Leave Damascus for the Crusader States Hot

Saladin & Muslim Army Leave Damascus for the Crusader States

Statue of Saladin in Damascus, Syria
Source: Godfried Warreyn

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Saladin leaves Damascus with a large Muslim army and heads for the Crusader states. He had retired to Damascus the previous month to rest his army and resupply after conquering Aleppo and several cities in Mesopotamia.

Now, Saladin is launching an invasion with the intention of conquering the Kingdom of Jerusalem and eliminating the Crusaders entirely.

Saladin meets the Crusader forces at the Pools of Goliath, but the Christians retreat to Jerusalem. Guy of Lusignan's decision to withdraw here causes him to lose the confidence of the other Christian leaders, who now come to believe that he is indecisive at best, but more likely a coward.

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