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In between these two dates Ibn Saud fought personally in many battles and was severely wounded. His wife and three of his sons died in the appalling influenza epidemic of 1919. His second surviving son made the first official visit of the Al Saud to a foreign country when Feisal visited London where he was received by King George V. Ibn Saud left Nejd for the first of the three occasions on which he left the Peninsula in his lifetime when the British in 1916 invited him to Basra, where he saw his first aircraft, had his hand X-rayed and met Gertrude Bell, who was probably the first unveiled woman outside his family that he ever met.
United Kingdom Memorial on the Buraimi dispute In May 1913 Ibn Saud entered Hofuf as a conqueror, and in October 1924 he entered Mecca, again as a result of conquest but this time in the humble garb of a pilgrim. In between these two dates Ibn Saud fought personally in many battles and was severely wounded. His wife and three of his sons died in the appalling influenza epidemic of 1919. His second surviving son made the first official visit of the Al Saud to a foreign country when Feisal visited London where he was received by King George V.
In the period before the establishment of these colonies Ibn Saud had to face two severe new problems: dissent from within the Al Saud and the threat from the new Emir of Mecca, Hussain bin Ali, of the House of Hashim. Ibn Saud's cousins on his father's side had not becqme automatically reconciled with each other or with Ibn Saud by his recapturing Riyadh in 1902. Numbers of them had taken refuge with Ibn Rashid at Hail and in 1904 some of these had been discovered among Rashidi captives taken when Anaiza fell.
An Introduction to Philosophy through Literature by Robert C. Baldwin, James A. McPeek