VIDEO: Former Al-Qaeda Leader Says Obama-Aligned Muslim Brotherhood 'Is One of the Most Dangerous Organizations'
I had the opportunity to escort a U.S. congressional delegation to Egypt last week -- we were sponsored by the Cairo-based Center for North Africa and Near East Security Studies.
One of the common themes we heard from senior government officials and experts was the active role of the Muslim Brotherhood in the ongoing terror campaign targeting military, police, and government officials, as well as in the sabotage of infrastructure. I reported here at PJ Media back in June on the Brotherhood's escalating violence.
There have been a number of signs this past year indicating that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has effectively dropped its non-violent mask, including:
- A statement published in January on the official Muslim Brotherhood website calling for all-out jihad.
- An international group of Muslim Brotherhood clerics published a statement in May calling for the "complete elimination" of the current Egyptian government, including attacks on the media.
- A July 1st statement published on the official Muslim Brotherhood website calling for their supporters to "come out in rebellion" against the Egyptian government.
Despite media reports that the group is "divided" over the use of violence, the group has unmistakably made its position clear.
One expert very familiar with the workings and ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood is the founder and former head of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Sheikh Nabil Naeem. He lived with both Osama bin Laden and current al-Qaeda head Ayman al-Zawahiri, and witnessed the formation of al-Qaeda. In Afghanistan, he served as bin Laden's personal bodyguard, and was Zawahiri's long-time "right arm."
On my last trip to Cairo, my colleague Steve Coughlin and I had the opportunity to interview Sheikh Nabil at his office for more than nine hours over two days.
During that interview we discussed a number of topics, including the trajectory of the global jihadist movement, the development of terrorist organizations in the Sinai, and his experience with EIJ and al-Qaeda until his arrest and eventual rejection of jihadist ideology.
But at the end of our interview with Sheikh Nabil, he began explaining how the Muslim Brotherhood is "one of the most dangerous organizations."
In response to that statement, I requested that we video record Sheikh Nabil's response to our questions on this issue as well as his previous statements on the group, which we exclusively present in translation here.
Along the way, he explodes commonly held myths among the Washington, D.C., foreign policy community, including the claim that the Muslim Brotherhood has renounced violence and that there are no connections between the Brotherhood and terror groups in Sinai.