EXCLUSIVE: Former Egyptian Terrorism Official Exposes the Muslim Brotherhood's Terror Networks (Part 2)
Yesterday, I published here at PJ Media the first part of my exclusive interview with former top Egyptian counter-terrorism official Khaled Okasha. This interview with Okasha, who is now director of the Cairo-based National Center for Security Studies and a frequent international media commentator on Egyptian security affairs, was arranged by the Center for Africa and Near East GeoSecurity Studies:
In the first part of the interview, Okasha explored the long-time double game that the Muslim Brotherhood plays with respect to terrorism. He then explored the internal crisis within the Brotherhood following the June 30, 2013, Tamarod protests that led to Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi's ouster just a few days later.
One of the consequences of the Muslim Brotherhood's loss of power in Egypt was the commissioning of one of their senior leaders, Guidance Bureau member Mohamed Kamal, to set up a network of terror cells across Egypt -- and to attempt to provoke a sectarian war by attacking the Coptic Christian community.
In less than a week in August 2013, more than 70 churches and monasteries were destroyed.
In April 2014, I traveled to Upper Egypt to see the damage wrought by the Muslim Brotherhood's terror campaign:
In Part 2 below, Col. Okasha details the following topics:
- Laying out the financing of Mohamed Kamal's terror cells
- The events that led up to Kamal's killing last October in a shootout with security forces
- The fallout from Mohamed Kamal's death
- The evolution of Kamal's terror networks into Hassm and Liwa al-Thawra
- And the Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas role in setting up the second front in the war against the June 30 regime in Sinai, namely Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, now known as Wilayat Sinai, or the Islamic State affiliate in Sinai.
How was Kamal’s network financed?
After August 14, 2013, it was very clear that they didn’t have enough financial resources, and that was clear in the type of terrorist operations they conducted before that time. But starting from 2014, after about seven months, it seemed that another financial system was put in place and was injecting large financial amounts to the terror cells. Later on it was figured out that they received external transfers but those transfers would come through the foreign exchange businesses operating across Egypt that were handed over to unknown persons, “new faces” that the security services didn’t know about. Those persons would then deliver the money to the operation room that was operated by Mohamed Kamal.