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Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate

by Abdel Bari Atwan
London: Saqi, 256 pp., £16.99 (to be published by University of California Press in September)
ruthven_1-070915.jpg Al-Furqan Media/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi preaching in a mosque in Mosul, from a video released in July 2014

In November 2001, two months after the al-Qaeda attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, James Buchan, a novelist and a former Middle East correspondent, published an article in the London Guardian in which he imagined the triumphant entry into Mecca of Osama bin Laden, the world’s most wanted terrorist:

It was no ordinary evening, but possibly the holiest in the holiest month of Islam, the so-called Lailat al-Qadr, or the Night of Power, on which, according to the Koran, God’s revelation was sent down to the Prophet Mohammed…. More than 50,000 people had gathered on the hot pavement of the mosque enclosure and in the streets outside to pass the evening in prayer. Millions of others were watching on a live television broadcast at home.
As Sheikh Abdul Rahman, famous all over the Islamic world for the beauty of his voice, mounted the pulpit, a hand reached up and tugged at his robe. There was a commotion, and in the place of the Imam stood a tall man, unarmed and dressed in the white cloth of the pilgrim…, and recognisable from a million television screens: Osama bin Laden, flanked by his lieutenants….
Armed young men appeared from the crowd and could be seen padlocking the gates, and taking up firing positions in the galleries.
So began the insurrection that was to overturn the kingdom of Saudi Arabia….

While the details in Buchan’s fantasy describing “the west’s worst nightmare” have changed, the scenario he outlined appears more plausible today than it did fourteen years ago. Bin Laden is dead, thanks to the action of US Navy SEALs in May 2011, but as Abdel Bari Atwan explains in Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate, Ayman al-Zawahiri, bin Laden’s official successor as leader of “al-Qa‘ida central,” looks increasingly irrelevant. Bin Laden’s true successor is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the shadowy caliph of ISIS, the so-called Islamic State. As “Commander of the Faithful” in that nascent state he poses a far more formidable threat to the West and to Middle Eastern regimes—including the Saudi kingdom—that are sustained by Western arms than bin Laden did from his Afghan cave or hideout in Pakistan.

One of the primary forces driving this transformation, according to Atwan, is the digital expertise demonstrated by the ISIS operatives, who have a commanding presence in social media. A second is that ISIS controls a swath of territory almost as large as Britain, lying between eastern Syria and western Iraq. As Jürgen Todenhöfer, who spent ten days in ISIS-controlled areas in both Iraq and Syria, stated categorically in January: “We have to understand that ISIS is a country now.”

In his book, based on visits to the Turkish-Syrian border, online interviews with jihadists, and the access to leaders he enjoys as one of the Arab world’s most respected journalists, Atwan draws a convincing picture of the Islamic State as a well-run organization that combines bureaucratic efficiency and military expertise with a sophisticated use of information technology.

For security reasons, and to enhance his mystique, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-styled caliph, keeps a low profile, rarely appearing in public. He is sometime known as the Phantom (al-shabah) or “‘the invisible sheikh’ because of his habit of wearing a mask when addressing his commanders.” His real name is Ibrahim bin Awwad bin Ibrahim al-Badri al-Qurayshi. He was born in 1971 in the Iraqi town of Samarra, once the seat of the caliphs in the Abbasid period (750–1258), whom he seeks to emulate. Crucially, the Bobadri tribe to which he belongs includes the Prophet Muhammad’s tribe of Qurayshin in its lineage. In the classical Sunni tradition, the caliph is required to be a Qurayshite.

According to Baghdadi’s online biography, supplied by the IS media agency al-Hayat, he is from a religious family that includes several imams (prayer leaders) and Koranic scholars. He is said to have attended the Islamic University of Baghdad where he received his BA, MA, and Ph.D., with his doctorate focusing on Islamic jurisprudence as well as including studies of Islamic culture and history. He first attended the university during Saddam Hussein’s “Faith Campaign,” when the Iraqi dictator encouraged Islamic religiosity as a way of rousing national feeling against the economic sanctions imposed on Iraq after the US liberated Kuwait from Saddam’s occupation in 1991.

While Baghdadi’s academic credentials confer legitimacy on his claim to be a religious guide as well as a political and military leader—an authority possessed by neither bin Laden nor Zawahri—his extensive battlefield experience and reputation as a shrewd tactician have enabled him to gain the support of experienced commanders and administrators from the former Baathist regime. As Atwan writes:

Islamic State always has the advantage of surprise and is able to seize opportunities as and when they arise. Rather than “fight to the death,” its brigades will slip away from a battle they are clearly not going to win, regrouping in a more advantageous location….
In January 2015, for example with the US-led alliance bombarding Islamic State targets in Iraq, the Military Council decided to redeploy its efforts to Syria. Fighters inside Iraq were ordered to lie low…while battalions and sleeper cells in Syria were reactivated. As a result, the group doubled the territory under its control in Syria between August 2014 and January 2015.

While skeptics may doubt the sincerity of the ex-Baathists, assuming they are seeking a return to the power they enjoyed before the US invasion, it seems more likely that their support for ISIS has been motivated by religious conviction. With their former hegemony lost, and the previously despised “infidel” Shias in the ascendant in Iraq, these erstwhile secularists are returning to their faith.

This is not to say that the expertise they acquired under Saddam has been lost. As Atwan explains, ISIS is a “highly centralized and disciplined organization” with a sophisticated security apparatus and capacity for delegating power. The caliph—as “successor” of the Prophet—is the ultimate authority; but despite his sermon exhorting believers to “advise me when I err,” any threat, opposition, or even contradiction is instantly eradicated. Baghdadi has two deputies—both former members of the Iraqi Baath Party. Both were his fellow prisoners in Camp Bucca, the sprawling American detention center in southern Iraq now seen as the “jihadist university” where former Baathists and Sunni insurgents were able to form ideological and religious bonds. Abu Muslim al-Turkmani, Baghdadi’s second-in-command, was a member of Saddam’s feared military intelligence. Baghdadi’s second deputy, Abu Ali al-Anbari, was a major general in the Iraqi army.

Baghdadi and his deputies set the group’s overall objectives, which are then communicated down the hierarchy, with local commanders and administrators allowed to fulfill their tasks at their own discretion in territories under ISIS control. There are advisory councils and several departments run by committees, with leaders of each department sitting in Baghdadi’s “cabinet.”

The most powerful of these is the Sharia Council, which oversees draconian implementation of the penalties for “crimes against God’s limits” (called hudud), which include amputations and capital punishment, as well as the punishments for other crimes (called tazir), largely aimed at shaming offenders and inducing repentance. The Islamic State has also established a sharia police force (similar to the religious police in Saudi Arabia) tasked with enforcing religious observance. Regular police are brought under ISIS administration, and wear new black uniforms. Police cars are resprayed with the ISIS insignia.

“Sharia courts deal with all complaints, whether religious or civil, and cases can be brought by individuals as well as the police,” Atwan writes.

In conurbations were there has been no policing and no judiciary owing to the collapse of central government, these courts are largely popular; citizens can bring cases directly to the courts, which are able to process cases quickly and, in most cases, reasonably.

Justice is said to be impartial, with ISIS soldiers subject to the same punishments as civilians.

An anonymous Sunni Muslim described as “non-extremist” living in Manbij, near Aleppo—under ISIS control since 2014—told Atwan “that crime is now nonexistent” thanks to “the uncompromising methods of the extremists and their ‘consistency.’” The taxes called zakat (one of Islam’s five “pillars” of religious obligation) are collected and given to the poor and to the displaced families from other parts of Syria who make up half the city’s population.

Atwan’s informant told him that most of the people living under ISIS rule approve of its educational policies, despite a focus on Islam, with the teaching of science seen as being generally strong. (Atwan claims no other evidence for this view.) More importantly perhaps, teachers are receiving their salaries after months of nonpayment.

The Education Council oversees the provision of education and the curriculum, based on the strict Salafist, or ultra-orthodox, interpretation of the Koran and sharia law. In many cases the curriculum used in Saudi schools—especially at the middle and high school levels—has been adopted in its entirety. Several subjects are banned, including evolutionary biology. Contrary to some media reports, girls are not deprived of education. Indeed ISIS in its online magazines makes a feature of its all-female schools and universities. While gender segregation is rigorously enforced, women are not forbidden by law to drive, as in Saudi Arabia.

The jihadists of ISIS may be terrorists—to use an imprecise, catch-all term—but as Atwan explains, they are both well paid and disciplined, and the atrocities they commit and upload on the Internet are part of a coherent strategy:

Crucifixions, beheadings, the hearts of rape victims cut out and placed upon their chests, mass executions, homosexuals being pushed from high buildings, severed heads impaled on railings or brandished by grinning “jihadist” children—who have latterly taken to shooting prisoners in the head themselves—these gruesome images of brutal violence are carefully packaged and distributed via Islamic State’s media department. As each new atrocity outdoes the last, front-page headlines across the world’s media are guaranteed.

Far from being an undisciplined orgy of sadism, ISIS terror is a systematically applied policy that follows the ideas put forward in jihadist literature, notably in an online tract, The Management of Savagery, by the al-Qaeda ideologue Abu Bakr Naji. This treatise, posted in 2004 and widely cited by jihadists, is both a rationale for violence and a blueprint for the Caliphate. It draws heavily on the writings of Taqi al-Din ibn Taymiyyah (1263–1328), the medieval theologian who inspired the Arabian Wahhabi movement and is highly regarded by Islamists for holding rulers to account in the practice of true religion.

Naji, who was killed in a US drone strike in Waziristan in 2008, considers the violence inherent in conflict a necessary stage in the establishment of the Caliphate. He refers in particular to the campaigns of Muhammad and the “Wars of Apostasy” fought by the first caliph, Abu Bakr, who reigned 632–634 and fought the tribes that had abandoned Islam after the death of Muhammad when they no longer considered themselves bound by their bayat (oath of allegiance). Naji sees the coming period of savagery as a time of “vexation and exhaustion” when, as Atwan summarizes, “the superpowers will be worn down militarily by constant threat…from the jihadists.” The Americans, he writes, “have reached a stage of effeminacy which makes them unable to sustain battles for a long period of time.” Naji’s aim here—as Atwan explains—is “to provoke the US to ‘abandon its war against Islam by proxy…and the media psychological war…and to force it to fight directly.’”

While the inspiration for the “savagery” detailed by Naji relies on transplanting the early battles of Islam and projecting them forward in an apocalyptic showdown in northwest Syria, ISIS maximizes the impact of its terror strategy by encouraging scenes of violence and death to be shown on screens and phones.* Brutality, however, is only one element in the stream of images uploaded by its sophisticated media outlets. The Islamic State, according to Atwan, is also presented as

an emotionally attractive place where people “belong,” where everyone is a “brother” or “sister.” A kind of slang, melding adaptations or shortenings of Islamic terms with street language, is evolving among the English-language fraternity on social media platforms in an attempt to create a “jihadi cool.” A jolly home life is portrayed via Instagram images where fighters play with fluffy kittens and jihadist “poster-girls” proudly display the dishes they have created.

The idea of the “restored Caliphate” has been the dream of Islamic revivalists since the formal abolition of the Ottoman Caliphate by Kemal Atatürk in 1924. The appeal, carefully fostered by Baghdadi and his cohorts by means of the Internet and social media, is for a transnational body that stands above the various tribes or communities making up the Muslim world. They are achieving impressive results, with pledges of allegiance (bayat) from militants in places as far removed from one another as Nigeria, Pakistan, and Yemen, and in Libya ISIS now has an airbase in Sirte, the hometown of former leader Muammar Qaddafi.

The jihadists’ most potent psychological pitch is exploiting dreams of martyrdom—a theme that is cleverly juxtaposed with images of domestic normalcy. Close-ups of dead fighters’ smiling faces are frequently posted, along with the ISIS “salute”—the right-hand index finger pointing heavenward. In one Twitter feed a British-born woman shares her “glad tidings”:

My husband Rahimuh Allah has done the best transaction you can make his soul [sic] and in return Jenna [heaven] may Allah accept you yaa shaheed [martyr].

“Five hours earlier,” Atwan writes, “she had posted a picture of a bowl of cream dessert with bits of Toblerone chocolate stuck on top.” For young viewers already used to simulated violence on television and computer games, Naji ups the ante, insisting that in suicide missions jihadists should use “a quantity of explosives that not only destroys the building…[but] makes the earth completely swallow it up. By doing so, the amount of the enemy’s fear is multiplied and good media goals are achieved.”

The use of explosives for propaganda as well as military purposes can be compared to the “shock and awe” tactics favored by Donald Rumsfeld and Colin Powell in the assault on Baghdad in 2003. The online reputation achieved by these ferocious jihadists inspires such fear that government troops in Iraq and Syria have fled rather than put up a fight. Only Kurds and Shias still have the motivation to offer resistance.

Fear-inducing terror is also personal. Naji writes that hostages whose ransoms have not been paid should be “liquidated in the most terrifying manner which will send fear into the hearts of the enemy and his supporters.” American citizens—James Foley and Steven Sotloff—were executed, on camera, in the orange jumpsuits worn by prisoners in Guantánamo Bay. The online theatricals serve to legitimize murder as a type of qisas—“retaliation in kind”—which is one of the well-known punishments in Islamic law.

As Atwan points out, these horrifying scenes are expertly disseminated by the ISIS media department, which is run by a French-born Syrian-American trained in Massachusetts. The public information department is led by a Syrian, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani al-Shami, whom Atwan describes as “the most significant figure in Islamic State after Caliph Ibrahim and his deputies.” This Goebbels of the Islamic State has been responsible for some of its most inflammatory propaganda, including an online speech urging “lone-wolf” jihadists living in the West to kill “citizens of countries which have entered into a coalition against Islamic State” by “any means you chose,” such as deliberately running over people with vehicles. His speech was followed in quick succession by hit-and-run attacks in Canada, France, and Israel.

Atwan explains how the Islamic State’s media department employs an army of journalists, photographers, and editors to produce slick videos with high production values that are disseminated on the Internet without their source being detected. Activists use “virtual private networks” that conceal a user’s IP address, in conjunction with browsers—including one originally developed for US Navy intelligence—that enable the viewer to access the “dark Internet,” the anonymous zone frequented by child pornographers and other criminals.

In 2014 the US State Department’s intelligence unit oversaw the removal of 45,000 jihadist items from the Internet, while Britain’s Metropolitan Police deleted some 1,100 items per week. It seems doubtful, however, that this “electronic counter-jihad” will prove any more successful than efforts to abolish Internet fraud or close down pedophile rings. Like other criminals the “cyber-jihadists” keep one step of ahead of the government agencies and service providers seeking to close them down.

Confronting believers with the choice between heaven and hell, salvation and damnation, using fiery rhetoric and imagery, has long been the stock-in-trade of preachers, as famously analyzed by the psychiatrist William Sargant in his classic study of religious conversion and “brain-washing” in Battle for the Mind (1957). ISIS can dispense with preachers and instead use social media to stimulate a process of self-radicalization, with thousands of foreign Muslims (and some converts) flocking to join the Caliphate.

Atwan, who visited the area in late 2014, considers the number of fighters for the Islamic State considerably larger than the 100,000 or so usually cited by the Western media, a third of whom—at least 30,000—are foreigners (i.e., non-Iraqis and non-Syrians). The most numerous, according to the Washington Institute, are Libyans (around 21 percent), followed by Tunisians and Saudis (16 percent), Jordanians (11 percent), Egyptians (10 percent), and Lebanese (8 percent). Turkish volunteers, he says, have been underestimated, with some two thousand Turks in ISIS. Europeans are led by the French brigades (composed of French and Belgians of North African descent), with some 6 percent of the total, followed by the British with 4.5 percent. “Australian authorities were shocked to discover” that some two hundred of their nationals had joined ISIS, “making the country the biggest per capita exporter of foreign jihadists.”

Conversion and recruitment, however, are far from the only benefits achieved by the Caliphate’s mastery of the Internet. Like criminal gangsters, the jihadists use bitcoins and other forms of “crypto-currency,” such as “stored value credit cards” linked to prepaid disposable mobile phones, to avoid detection when accumulating or transferring funds. The group’s main source of revenue, however, has been oil. Although ISIS lost two of the Iraqi oil fields it controlled after the Iraqi government’s security forces reconquered Tikrit in April, it is still a wealthy organization, having “numerous legal and illegal revenue streams that involve both local and global partners.” The budget is managed by an Economic Council that produces annual reports each March. The reports describe in detail attacks and military operations, along with revenue and expenditures. In January 2015 overall receipts were reported to be $2 billion in all the territories controlled by ISIS, with a surplus of $250 million added to the war chest.

Ironically ISIS has benefited from the ban on Syrian oil exports imposed by the US and European Union by selling oil directly to the Assad regime—thereby increasing the suspicion that Assad has been an active collaborator with ISIS, in order to eliminate any vestiges of the “moderate” Syrian opposition that retains some Western support. Damage caused by US air strikes to the Syrian oilfields in Deir el-Zor has been compensated by ISIS’s conquest of Palmyra (Tadmor), which has two fields of natural gas and a phosphate mine, the largest in Syria.

Other sources of income include bank robberies, kidnap ransoms, “fees” at roadblocks, and “taxes” imposed on traders living in ISIS-controlled areas. Atwan sees management of these funds as “indicative of a large, well-organized, state-like entity” governed in strict accordance with Islamic law. Jizya—the per capita tax paid by Jews and Christians prior to nineteenth-century Ottoman reforms—is now exacted from non-Muslims, while booty and “spoils of war”—including captured women and slaves—may be distributed in accordance with Koranic prescriptions.

Also among such spoils of war are the antiquities taken to buyers from ancient archaeological sites, such as Palmyra. In general, sites are destroyed only after everything of value that can be transported has been removed. In addition to Palmyra—the first site in Syria captured directly from government forces—the looters in Syria have been at work on Hellenistic and Byzantine remains in Apamea, Dura-Europos, and the ISIS-controlled city of Raqqa.

As well as describing the internal structure of the Islamic State and its uses of the Internet, Atwan provides an authoritative account of its beginnings in the branch of al-Qaeda in Iraq dominated by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who—contrary to bin Laden’s more inclusive approach—adopted violently sectarian rhetoric and organized atrocities at Shia mosques and places of pilgrimage in line with his ultra-Wahhabist theology. Atwan thinks that Zarqawi’s overall strategy was to fight the US occupation by dragging the ruling Shias into a civil war with Sunnis. This would allow his group to increase its influence among the indigenous Sunni population and bring in Sunni fighters from neighboring countries (Syria, Jordan, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia) where Sunnis are the majority. Given the current state of Iraq and Syria, the strategy seems to have paid off handsomely.

In June 2006 Zarqawi was tracked down and killed by a fighter jet after posting Rambo-style pictures of himself on the Internet, enabling US surveillance to pinpoint his location. The lesson was not lost on his successors, who joined with other Sunni groups to form the umbrella Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), the nucleus of ISIS. By a Darwinian process, jihadists who failed to master complex systems of cybersecurity were rapidly eliminated, leaving the field to their more sophisticated and technically proficient brethren.

Atwan notes that none of Zarqawi’s successors, including Baghdadi, pledged allegiance (bayat) to bin Laden or his successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri. Technically ISI and its heirs (now ISIS or Islamic State) have been independent of al-Qaeda for the past eight years, a factor that helps to facilitate defections from members of other Islamist groups, such as the Syrian-based Jabhat al-Nusra, which retains its formal links with al-Qaeda. Jabhat al-Nusra, supported by Qatar and other Gulf states, now spearheads internal opposition to the Assad regime. Rather than threatening Damascus politically, ISIS has focused on building its state.

The obvious question that arises is, where will all of this end? A meeting in Paris in early June of twenty-four coalition partners led by the US and France failed to come up with any new strategies. With ISIS in control of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province, and nearing the outskirts of Aleppo in Syria, coalition air strikes are plainly insufficient to deter the Caliphate’s expansion. Only the Kurdish Peshmerga and Iranian-trained Shiite militias have the capacity and will to halt the Caliphate’s amoeba-like growth in Iraq. But the deployment of Shia militias can only escalate an already dangerous sectarian conflict.

Shia mosques are being targeted by ISIS not only in Iraq, where Shias are in the majority, but also in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, where most of the oil is located. Efforts by the Saudi regime to defend its Shia minority (who already suffer discrimination) must surely play into the hands of the ISIS militants, who like their stricter Wahhabi counterparts regard the Shias as heretics. As Atwan explains, both the House of Saud and the Islamic State lay claim to the “true path” of Islam as outlined by the eighteenth-century scholar Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, yet each considers the other to be in a state of apostasy.

There seems little doubt about which of these claims is perceived in Saudi Arabia as more authentic. In an online poll conducted in July 2014, a formidable 92 percent of Saudi citizens agreed that ISIS “conforms to the values of Islam and Islamic law.” In mounting its challenge to the Saudi monarch’s quasi-caliphal claim to lead the Muslim world as “Guardian of the Two Holy Shrines” (Mecca and Medina), ISIS highlights “the royal family’s love of luxury and acceptance of corruption which, it claims, renders its members ideologically and morally unfit for the task.”

The values and hubris of the Saudi dynasty are exemplified by its astounding exploitation, not to say desecration, of Mecca’s holy city, where the world’s largest hotel (seventy restaurants and 10,000 bedrooms) is under construction in the dynasty’s favorite wedding-cake style—with five of its forty-five stories reserved for exclusive use by the royal family. As oil prices decline the princes and their friends expect to benefit by “catering to the increasingly high expectations of well-heeled pilgrims from the Gulf.” By appropriating Wahhabism’s iconoclastic rhetoric, along with its anti-Shia theology, ISIS challenges the legitimacy of the Saudi rulers as guardians of Islam’s holy places far more effectively than any republican movement. With Iraq and Syria falling apart and the US caught between conflicting impulses (fighting alongside Iran in Iraq while opposing it in Syria), it may only be a matter of time before the nightmare imagined by James Buchan becomes a reality.

—June 9, 2015


The link between Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS

Wake up America 300x167 The link between Muslim Brotherhood and ISISThe difference between Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS, is deception, which is the main factor MB are using in their tactics, till they dominate a country’s joints, then they raise the sword against their opponents.

Other terrorist groups like ISIS, may disagree with Muslim Brothers tactics, because they use slaughter and intimidation right away, in order to have full control on a country. The common goal for Muslim Brotherhood and other terrorist groups like ISIS, is to reach power and to build an Islamic empire based on their own fascist provisions which have nothing to do with Islam or moderate Muslims.

When Muslim Brotherhood reached power in Egypt, they appointed Islamist Jihadists and convicted terrorists in different ministries posts and others were counselors to Mohamed Morsi the former president of Egypt. Morsi and Muslim brotherhood got into coalition with terrorist groups and Islamist Jihadists, from one side to support MB ruling against their opponents, and from another side, they promised them to apply sharia laws and leave these terrorists act freely in the country without any surveillance from the authorities in Egypt.

Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic Caliphate 300x270 The link between Muslim Brotherhood and ISISMuslim Brotherhood are the parent of all terrorist groups, including ISIS. Hassan Al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood sought to restore worldwide Islamic Caliphate. Since his childhood, Albanna  was attracted to extremists who were hostile to Western culture and to its system of rights, particularly women’s rights.

Al-Banna biggest dream was the restoration of the Islamic Caliphate. And it was this dream, which he believed could only become a reality by means of the sword, that won the hearts and minds of a growing legion of his Extremist followers. Al-Banna would describe, in inflammatory speeches, the horrors of hell expected for heretics, and consequently, the need for Muslims to return to their purest religious roots, re-establish the Caliphate, and resume the great and final holy war, or jihad, against the non-Muslim world and Moderate Muslims opponents.  Al-Banna spelled out his ideas in a major document titled “The Way of Jihad.”

Under Al-Banna’s stewardship, the Brotherhood developed a network of underground cells, stole weapons, trained fighters, formed secret assassination squads, founded sleeper cells of subversive supporters in the ranks of the army and police, and waited for the order to go public with terrorism, assassinations, and suicide missions.

It was during this time that the Brotherhood found a soulmate in Nazi Germany. The Reich offered great power connections to the movement, but the relationship brokered by the Brotherhood was more than a marriage of convenience. Both movements sought world conquest and domination and both movements committed crimes against humanity.

What I stated above, is not my personal opinion, but it is history, for those who don’t read history or those who forge history for one reason or another.

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Bahrain, Manama, US Embassy, year 2012, Nasser Al-Fadallah one of the Muslim Brotherhood top leaders, protested against the abusing movie of Prophet Mohamed, ISIS masked men appeared behind Fadallah raised the black flags of ISIS.

The link between Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS, is no longer a speculation, different Arab and Egyptian sources revealed that the link between MB and ISIS is a reality.

Despite that Muslim Brotherhood always deny any ties between their organization and other terrorist organizations like ISIS, like it or not, accept it or not, what happened and still taking place in Egypt, Syria, Libya and Iraq, is proving the opposite to this denial.

In Bahrain, during the year of 2012, Nasser Al-Fadallah one of the Muslim Brotherhood top leaders, made a speech in front of the US Embassy in Manama, protested against the abusing movie of Prophet Mohamed, when masked men appeared behind Fadallah raised the black flags of ISIS. At this time, no one understood the purpose or the symbol of raising these flags, till ISIS raised the same flag after they appeared in Syria and Iraq.

After the video was spread on the net, Fadallah commented later on, that he had no idea who were these masked men who stood behind him and raised these black flags!!

Fadallah said in his speech, that those who offended the prophet, got themselves involved in issues bigger than they are, and he called and incited protesters and all Muslims to show the offenders practically, how Muslims defend and love their prophet.

On 30/8/2014, The Egyptian National Security in coordination with the ministry of Interior arrested the first Muslim Brotherhood terrorist cell, formed of 3 groups, pledged loyalty to the leader of ISIS. The authorities arrested 8 individuals belonged to the executive assassination group and committed many terror attacks against the Egyptian police forces in Beni Suef, Giza and Sharqia Cities.

The national security investigations revealed that this terrorist group called themselves” the supporters of the Islamic sharia Laws, assassinated 12 police officers and soldiers, and planned the killing of 9 others and had lists of police individuals and armed forces names to assassinate.

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The cell was formed in Rabaa Square (during 2013, the Muslim Brotherhood armed Sit- in, disengaged by the authorities on 14/8/2013). The cell divided themselves to 3 groups, one group to collect information about the targeted police individuals, the second group handled monitoring their targets, third group was in charge of executing assassination and explosives manufacturing, preparing and moving weapons through Libya and the Gaza strip borders . Court case number 318 for year 2013.

Some of the terrorists who got arrested in ISIS cell, got trained in Syria after they were released from jails under the presidential pardon issued by Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood former president of Egypt.

Terrorist element of Ansar Beit Elmakdes declared rsponsibility for recent terror attacks in Egypt with Head of Muslim Brothers Mohamed Badie in Egypt 300x298 The link between Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS

Terrorist element of Ansar Beit Elmakdes declared rsponsibility for recent terror attacks in Egypt with Head of Muslim Brothers Mohamed Badie.

On 18/6/2014, The Egyptian ministry of Interior arrested Mamdouh Mohamed Hassan, Muslim Brotherhood member worked in the Egyptian ministry of education, who was involved in violence incitement and participated in attacking police forces during Muslim Brotherhood armed and violent protests. Investigators revealed that he had maps and papers that indicated the ties between ISIS and Muslim Brotherhood to commit terror attacks in different parts of Egypt.

On 9/8/2014, Zaky Bin Arshid, The deputy of the general observer of Muslim Brotherhood Organization, declared that Muslim Brotherhood rejected Obama’s statement about the US won’t allow Extremists and ISIS  of establishing the Islamic Caliphate, And that Muslims did not pledge loyalty to Obama to decide who and who is not allowed to rule them. Later On, after being attacked for his declaration, Bin Arashid said that he did not mean what people understood wrongly from his statement, that he was supporting ISIS!

Muslim Brotherhood youth led by Assad Al-Islam formed a movement called “Dahis” to spread ISIS  Jihadist Ideology in Egypt. Muslim Brotherhood “Dahis” movement declared the responsibility  of terror attacks, and bombing Faisal and Haram streets in Giza recently. The movement is formed from 300 youth members of MB.

ISIS managed to recruit many of Muslim Brotherhood youth through social networks. Like Muslim Brotherhood jihad movements in Egypt: Molotov, Ahrar and Islamic Jihad in Egypt. All these Muslim Brotherhood movements in Egypt pledged loyalty to ISIS.

Sabra Alqassemy, former Jihadist in Egypt gave up violence some time ago, and provided earlier information and details which led to the arrest of the first ISIS cell in Sharqia city. He confirmed that ISIS ideology exists in Egypt since Muslim Brotherhood have reached power, and the followers and supporters of ISIS got the blessings from Mohamed Morsi. The armed forces war against terrorism in Sinai, forced terrorists to escape to upper Egypt and hide in the mountains areas.

Alqassemy exposed the names of militants who are leading ISIS supporters in Egypt, LIKE: Abu Saad Al-Mohager and Abu Al-Munzeir Al-Shankeety who are handling the recruiting and training.

                                                                                One of the leaders of ISIS Lebanon, Abu Sayaf Al-Ansary indicated that ISIS organisation will enter Egypt soon through ISIS

Mohamed mursi with Assem Abd Elmaged the leader of Gamaa islamiya who assassinated police and military individuals in the 90s 300x224 The link between Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS

Mohamed mursi with Assem Abd Elmaged the leader of Gamaa islamiya who assassinated police and military individuals in the 90’s

lovers and supporters, Muslim Brotherhood Jihad movements and Ansar Beit Almakdes in Sinai, both pledged loyalty to ISIS. He also added that when Islamic caliphate will be applied by the sword, democracy, nationalism and secularism will be terminated. The Islamic prince or ruler must be obeyed and Islamic Sharia laws will be applied. (this part he cited, he quoted the text from one of the books of the leading member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Sayed KutbI. In 1966, Kutb was convicted of plotting the assassination of Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser and was executed by hanging.)

Nabil Naim, former leader of Jihadists group in Egypt, gave up violence and now he is fighting terrorism, and Dr. Samir Ghattas, director of Strategic studies in the middle east center, confirmed that there is an Egyptian man called Abu Hamza Almasry, he is the link between Muslim Brotherhood youth jihadi movements in Egypt and ISIS leader Abu Bakr Alboghdady. They added that after the 30th of June revolution that toppled the Muslim Brotherhood fascist regime in Egypt, MB found in ISIS the last hope to get back to power, especially after what ISIS is achieving in Syria, Iraq and Libya.

Mursi celebrating 6 Oct with late president sadat assassins 300x170 The link between Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS

Morsi celebrated 6 Oct , the day of President Sadat assassination, Morsi with late president Sadat’s assassins in Etihadeya presidential palace…

On the other hand, Hossam Alawak a member in the Syrian liberation army indicated that brigadier Tarek Alhashemy one of the  leaders of the organization in Iraq, had a meeting with Ossama Rushdy one of the leaders of Muslim Brotherhood international organization, about two month ago in Istanbul, and they reached agreement on the ways of supporting “the Jihadists in Egypt”. Alawak confirmed that the way the youth of MB got recruited in Egypt, is the same way the youth got recruited in Syria.

In addition, Alawak explained that Hikmat Yuzu one of the Qatari intelligence element, is handling the purchase of weapons to ISIS, Yuzu was monitored on the Turkish borders by Mid of last month.

On 13/8/2014, Vetogate newspaper published a report about unannounced visit by one of Muslim Brotherhood top leaders to Iraq with Abu Bakr Alboghdady the leader of ISIS. Muslim Brotherhood offered ISIS all kinds of support including financing, in addition to MB mediation and guarantee that the US is not going to interfere in Iraq’s internal affairs, and won’t launch any military strikes against ISIS in Iraq.

                                                                                Muslim Brotherhood also offered to facilitate the entry of ISIS elements to the Egyptian territory, through the western and

ISIS certificate for the people who announce repent after being infidels to Islam 300x285 The link between Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS

ISIS Certificate “Not an infidel”
ISIS declares that Brother Mamo Al-Jaziri from the state/ Emirate of Sweden, has attended a repent cycle and completed it with good grade.
Therefore, ISIS has granted this certificate to prove that he is not an infidel and it is prevented to torture him, or crucifying him, or even sexually assaulted him, provided that there is no legitimate excuse for authorizing the soldiers of the Islamic caliphate to do otherwise, in case it will be proven that he returned for heresy and demanded freedom.
This certificate is valid for 3 month.

southern borders of Egypt, In return of ISIS helping Muslim Brotherhood to reach power again in Egypt till they control all country’s joints.

Abu Bakr Alboghdady the leader of ISIS refused the Muslim Brothers offer including the financial support to ISIS, but showed his agreement to make a deal with Muslim Brotherhood to help them reaching power again in Egypt, provided that Muslim Brotherhood pledge loyalty to Alboghdady as the grand Caliph of Muslims (the head of Muslims states), and ISIS to become partners to Muslim Brotherhood in ruling Egypt. The report revealed that Muslim Brothers totally refused Alboghdady‘s deal.

The following video published on YouTube the month of August 2014, showing a group of masked armed men who called themselves” Helwan brigades” in Egypt. They claimed that they are not MB and they were fed up of MB peaceful policy and despite this, they raised Muslim Brotherhood symbol of Rabaa (4 fingers), and they also added that they are going to get revenge from Egyptians, armed and police forces.

In the video, they threatened the Egyptian people that they will slaughter them and slaughter the Armed and police forces as well. They also said that if Egyptian people think that Armed forces will protect them from being slaughtered, they are mistaken. They threatened that the next period will see very fierce attacks, explosives, slaughter and bombing all over the country.

The Egyptian National security in coordination with the ministry of interior managed to arrest these terrorists by End of August 2014. Investigators revealed that the terrorists in the video are wanted for previous crimes of killing police individuals and participated in violent MB protests and planting explosives and bombs in different areas in Egypt, in addition to burning public properties.

The terrorists admitted that Muslim Brotherhood leader Ayman Abd Elghany, sibling of Khairat Alshater the deputy of the general chief of MB in Egypt, financed them to commit terror attacks in Egypt against civilians, armed and police forces, and also to film this video.

Magdy fonia muslim brotherhood member formed armed group to launch terror attacks in Egypt against civilians and armed and police forces 300x181 The link between Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS

Magdy fonia Muslim brotherhood member formed armed group to launch terror attacks in Egypt against civilians, armed and police forces

The leader of these terrorists, his name is Magdy A. and his nickname is Magdy fonia, confessed that he joined Muslim Brotherhood organization after Morsi became the president of Egypt. He also mentioned that he got financed and armed from other Muslim Brotherhood leaders to commit terror attacks and to film more videos like the current one, in order to distract the security forces and distort Egypt’s image in front of the world to show that Egypt armed forces and police are not capable of securing the country and to give indications that terrorism is spreading in Egypt.

Other terrorists also confessed that Muslim Brotherhood leaders wanted to keep away the security forces away and distract them with the new armed group which appeared in the video, to commit other terror attacks in other vital areas.

ISIS is spreading their militants in the world: Dames and Albatar are the branches of ISIS in Libya, Morocco and other Arab countries like Tunis, Sirya, Yemen and Algeria; Ansar Beit Almakdes and Muslim Brotherhood jihadi movements in Egypt. ISIS project is to spread and expand in order to establish an Islamic Emirate that includes Iraq, Syria, Kuwait, Jordan and Egypt.

In relation to ISIS spreading internationally, ISIS reached the European countries through many foreigners who have Muslim Brotherhood are terrorists 300x224 The link between Muslim Brotherhood and ISISjoined ISIS for Jihad in Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Nigeria and Mali. Most probably, they will form an equivalent organization after they return to Europe in order to start the Jihad war against their own people in Europe.

Despite that ISIS is formed of about fifteen thousand militant and seized many arms and ammunition and is controlling some of the oil fields in Iraq, and they managed to control the central bank in Musul, after they seized about 429 million Dollar; A bunch of mercenaries like ISIS cannot win any battle against countries, people and well equipped and qualified armies in the world, but we cannot underestimate the big threat and danger these terrorists are representing, if they manage to have full control on just one Arab country, like Iraq, Libya or Syria.

Iraq and Libya in particular, are easy targets for ISIS, After US invaded Iraq based on a barefaced lie of WMD, and US deliberately dispersed The Iraqi Army and Police forces, same thing happened in Libya after the invasion too. What makes things worse, is also that Libya and Iraq are formed of different tribes and multiple doctrines, this is another dangerous issue that make people’s unity against terrorism, is almost impossible, because they are not united, on the opposite, they are fighting each other since the invasion and they do have religious and doctrines conflicts.

                                                                                The world community, the UN, US, Europe, don’t give a damn care about Christians, moderate Muslims who get slaughtered or

Remember this Syrian girl who was stoned to death by ISIS just because she had an account on Facebook 300x218 The link between Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS

Remember this Syrian girl who was stoned to death by ISIS just because she had an account on Facebook?! I don’t think any one remember her, she was not your sister or wife or daughter. As long as terrorism didn’t reach you yet, don’t give a damn care

tortured or crucified daily by ISIS or by other terrorist groups.

US started military strikes against ISIS in Iraq, just to protect US interests in Iraq. US wanted to remove Assad regime in Syria by financing and supporting terrorists like ISIS, instead of fighting them. Moreover, US is still supporting Muslim Brotherhood terrorists organization, as long as they don’t announce Muslim Brotherhood a “terrorist group”.

The US thought that supporting Muslim Brotherhood fascist regime in Egypt, will enable the Muslim brotherhood to have control on all other terrorist groups, and it was ok for the US that terrorists divide the middle east to Islamic emirates, and force their own Sharia laws provisions on the majority and the minority, as long as they will become allies to the US instead of being enemies.

Terrorism doesn’t admit countries or borders, terrorism has no home, no religion, terrorism is the enemy of humanity and when they start to attack, they bite the hand that fed them.

I don’t wish that terrorism spread in other continents, I don’t wish at all, that people who live on this planet live or experience the last 3 years, we have experienced and we are fighting to get the country on its feet at the same time we are fighting terrorism. I will never stop repeating what I have said before:”Harboring terrorists, begets terrorism“.

Egypt warned European countries and US in particular to stop providing safe heaven to terrorists who escaped from Egypt after committing horrible crimes against civilians and they were given visas permits to enjoy human rights, democracy and liberty in these countries. And what was the result, now these terrorists after they became US or European citizens, they soon are turning their swords to people’s heads.

The world community’s disgraceful reaction towards the daily slaughtering of innocents in Syria, Iraq and Libya is not less criminal than what terrorists are committing against humanity.

In Egypt, we decided to fight terrorism, we didn’t escape from our homeland nor feared any terror attacks, we did not conspire or spied against other countries, we did not participate in spreading terrorism.

We faced the world and stood against superior countries and challenged their despicable interference in our internal affairs and their participation in spreading terrorism on our territory. The war is not over yet, Egypt has a very unbeatable weapon against the enemies of humanity, against the enemies of peace and stability, which is UNITY, UNITY AND UNITY, that no superior country or a bunch or mercenaries terrorists or even some dwarfs semi-states like Qatar and Turkey can ever defeat this unity.

“Everyone’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s really an easy way: Stop participating in it.”  ― Noam Chomsky

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