|877-878||Capture of Syracuse||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Outcome:||The Arabs captured the city of Syracuse and took control of Sicily||21 May 878|
|War & Enemy:||
Muslim conquest of Sicily
|The Battlefield|| Location:
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|The Byzantines(emperor: Basil I the Macedonian)||The Enemies|
|Commander:||Unknown||Sultan Jafar ibn Muhammad al-Tamini|
|Background story:||Fifty years after an initial repulse at Syracuse, the Arab invaders of Sicily had seized most of the island, including Palermo and Messina.
In the summer of 868, the Byzantines were defeated near Syracuse. Hostilities resumed in the early summer of 877 by the new sultan, Jafar ibn Muhammad al-Tamini, who led a large force to seize the great eastern city of Syracuse.
After a long siege, with no aid from the Emperor Basil I, Syracuse was starved into surrender. The city fell on May 21, 878.
|Aftermath:||After the fall of Syracuse, the Byzantines had the control of only a short stretch of coast around Taormina. The fall of Taormina in 902 secured Muslim control of Sicily .|