EXCLUSIVE: Former Egyptian Terrorism Official Exposes the Muslim Brotherhood's Terror Networks (Part 3)
In the concluding segment of my exclusive PJ Media interview with former top Egyptian counter-terrorism official Khaled Okasha, currently director of the National Center for Security Studies in Cairo, we get to the most important question:
Is the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization?
In the first segment of our interview, Col. Okasha discussed his experience as a counter-terrorism official personally working against the emerging terror networks in Egypt. He also covered the role of Muslim Brotherhood Guidance Bureau member Mohamed Kamal in establishing the terrorist cells following Mohamed Morsi's ouster:
In the second part of the interview, we continued discussing the financing of Mohamed Kamal's terror network, and the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas role in the development of Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, the Islamic State affiliate operating in Sinai:
To conclude our interview, Col. Okasha and I focus on the following topics:
- The intentional failure of Mohamed Morsi to address the rise of terror networks in Sinai.
- The role of current Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mahmoud Ezzat in activating the Sinai terror networks after Morsi's removal.
- The transition of Ansar Beit al-Maqdis to an Islamic State affiliate, and its continued relations with the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.
- The current political debate over designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.
While my interview with Khaled Okasha will undoubtedly fail to satisfy the critics of designating the Muslim Brotherhood, it provides a direct challenge to the media and U.S. think-tank narrative absolving the Brotherhood of any role in Egypt's plague of terror.
So what were these terror networks doing under Mohamed Morsi? How did he handle the Sinai terror problem?
To close this chapter, under Mohamed Morsi there was total peace and calm in the area. But then the August 2012 Rafah massacre took place and that was conducted so Morsi could get rid of the SCAF old guard. It was basically a move against the army, and it was used to get rid of the SCAF leaders and the intelligence chief, Gen. Muwafi.
After the Rafah massacre there was an announcement of the Operation Eagle by the army to counter terrorism in Sinai, but within a couple of weeks we realized it was a stunt declaration because Mohamed Morsi gave explicit orders to the army, to the intelligence, and to state security to stop pursuing the terrorists, or anything terrorism-related. And after that there was no terrorist activity taking place in Sinai, those groups went to secluded areas in Sinai to regroup and train.