EXCLUSIVE: Former Egyptian Terrorism Official Exposes the Muslim Brotherhood's Terror Networks (Part 1)
On my recent trip to Egypt, I met with Col. Khaled Okasha (ret), one of Egypt's top former counter-terrorism officials, to discuss the developing security situation and to address a question that has received a lot of international media attention:
Is the Muslim Brotherhood directly engaged in terrorism?
Okasha, the director of the National Center for Security Studies, has literally written the books on the development of militant networks in Egypt. He graciously met with me for five hours upon my arrival in Cairo to discuss these issues.
He later sat down for a three-hour, on-the-record interview on the Muslim Brotherhood's terror networks, the transcript of which is presented below.
The night previous to our second meeting, one of the Muslim Brotherhood's terrorist groups, Hassm, killed three policemen at a checkpoint in Nasr City:
We met in between two of his international media interviews on the Nasr City incident, and we had limited time as he had a scheduled BBC appearance later that day.
In the first part of this three-part interview, Col. Okasha talks about:
- The Muslim Brotherhood's long-time double game with terrorism
- The crisis caused by Egypt's rejection of Muslim Brotherhood rule and the massive June 30, 2013 Tamarod protests
- The Muslim Brotherhood's attempt to provoke a sectarian war by launching attacks on Egypt's Coptic Christian community
- And the development of Muslim Brotherhood's terror networks under Guidance Bureau leader Mohamed Kamal and the two-front war targeting Egypt's military and police forces
I've previously reported here at PJ Media on the Muslim Brotherhood attacks on churches in Upper Egypt, and the killing of Mohamed Kamal last October:
In Parts 2 and 3 of this interview with Col. Okasha, we will discuss Mohamed Kamal's terror networks in depth, and also the Muslim Brotherhood's role in setting up Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which we know today as the Islamic State's Sinai affiliate.
Thank you, Mr. Okasha, for meeting with us again today. Could you briefly describe your professional career?
I started beginning in 1987 as special forces in the counter-terrorism unit active around Cairo until the early 1990s in the suburbs of Cairo, including Imbabah, Ain Shams, and Haram where the Gamaa Islamiya were very active back then.
You mentioned earlier about Gamaa Islamiya in the 1990s. Could you talk about your role when you were stationed in Upper Egypt, and what your later role was in Sinai?