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902 Fall of Taormina ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Outcome: The Arabs captured the city, the last Byzantine possession in Sicily 1 August 902
War  &  Enemy: Enemy:
Arabs (Aghlabids)
Muslim conquest of Sicily
Battle Type:
City Capture
The Battlefield Taormina Location:
Taormina, Sicily
Modern Country:
  The Byzantines(emperor:  Leo VI the Wise) The Enemies
Commander: Unknown Sultan Jafar ibn Muhammad al-Tamini
Forces: Unknown Unknown
Background story:
The Battle:
In order to complete the Muslim seizure of Sicily, largely secured with the fall of Syracuse in 878, Sultan Ibrahim II abdicated in favor of his son Abdullah to take personal control of operations on the island. The city of Taormina, on the east coast at the foot of Mount Etna, was the main last Byzantine stronghold and fell on August 1, 902. A massacre followed.
Aftermath: The fall of Taormina effectively concluded the 80-year conquest of Sicily. The complete rule of the island by the Muslims lasted from 965 until 1061. Byzantium never took back Sicily.