The forces of Islamic fundamentalist Mohammed Ahmed al-Mahdi, who has proclaimed a jihad on Egypt, capture Khartoum from British colonial forces. His men decapitate the British commander, General George Gordon. Al-Mahdi will continue to drive Anglo-Egyptian forces out of Sudan. Every building in Khartoum is destroyed, including beautiful examples of Ottoman Empire architecture. Women are raped, and forced to divorce their black African husbands.