The Al Qaeda-Muslim Brotherhood Coalition

P. David Hornik is a freelance writer and translator living in Beersheva and author of the book Choosing Life in Israel. 


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Not long ago the Arab Spring was seen as a harbinger of democracy. It turns out that, instead, it’s creating breeding grounds for international terror—and safe havens for al-Qaeda itself.

That is not just a polemical opinion but the somber assessment of the director-general of Britain’s MI5 internal security agency, Jonathan Evans. The Telegraph reports that Evans, in a rare lecture this week in London, warned that

Today parts of the Arab world have once more become a permissive environment for al-Qaeda.

This is the completion of a cycle—al-Qaeda first moved to Afghanistan in the 1990s due to pressure in their Arab countries of origin. They moved on to Pakistan after the fall of the Taliban.

And now some are heading home to the Arab world again….

Evans specifically said that British jihadis, who have been training for years at al-Qaeda strongholds in Yemen and Somalia, “are known to be receiving training in the likes of Libya and Egypt”—supposed beneficiaries of what some saw as a wave of Facebook-driven liberalization.

The MI5 chief also confirmed that al-Qaeda is now active in Syria, and “warned against suggestions that al-Qaeda’s threat has ‘evaporated’ following the death of Osama bin Laden and significant victories in Pakistan.” He noted that Britain, for its part, has “experienced a credible terrorist attack plot about once a year since 9/11.”

Evans didn’t say in what part of Egypt the jihadis are training. Israel, though, has been aware that—particularly since the winds of “spring” toppled Egypt’s pro-Western Mubarak regime—the presence of al-Qaeda and other global-jihad elements has been rapidly growing at least in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

It was only last week that what is believed to be an al-Qaeda-linked group carried out a deadly attack at the fence Israel is trying to build quickly along its border with Sinai.

But Evans’s words carry implications beyond the region and beyond Britain’s own very real security concerns.

For one thing, his point that bin Laden’s assassination (along with the killing of other terror leaders in Pakistan) has hardly finished off al-Qaeda tends to undercut the great emphasis President Obama has put on that exploit.

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  • gamma

    Obama may see it clearly but does anyone really expect him to admit his policies have caused a resurgence of Al Qaeda throughout the Arab World. He'd be crazy to admit that the Muslim Brotherhood is a clone of Al Qaeda

    • http://frontpage richard sherman

      The greatest Brit–Winston Churchill–predicted everything that is happening now when he wrote in 1948 in THE GATHERING STORM: MEINKAMPF was the new KORAN.

      • Sage on the Stage

        …and Churchill also called Islam "the greatest retrograde force in the world." I don't think he would be surprised at Islam's war on the West.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Obama must have been aware of this, there is blood on his hands.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Muslim Nations will be shaken out and in the end all of them will solidify in their war against
    the West. The immigration of their colonists goes on unimpeded and with Obama's blessing in
    America. If Obama is reelected it will turn America into failed Europe, financial ruin and
    violence we see will be here as his gift and legacy…………………………William

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Muslim Nations wil be shaken out and in the end all of them will solidify in thir war against the West.
    The immgration of their colonists goes on unimpeded and with Obama's blessing in America. If
    Obama is reelected it will turn America into failed Europe, financial ruin and violence we see will
    be here as his gift to America……………………………William

  • ebonystone

    Hey, old Dent-head is back! That zamboni of his has won blue ribbons in contests from Timbuktu to Tashkent.

  • Stuart Parsons

    There is absolutely no need for anyone to worry. Unlike Winston Churchill, the United Kingdom's present Prime Minister, David Cameron, is on record as saying "It is mainstream Britain which needs to integrate more with the Muslim way of life, not the other way round."

    There no problem you see. If you can't beat em, join em. See you at the mosque !

  • Islamerica

    Don't worry Stuart !No panic,you'll be te last who need to convert,wellcome to party Bro,Lol.