Despite all the liberal claims otherwise, the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda have a good deal in common. Al Qaeda leaders have come out of the Brotherhood and have worked together for common goals.
Al-Qaida and the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood met secretly last week in Jordan according to a source quoted by the Egyptian daily Al-Youm al-Sabaa on Saturday.
The meeting focused on the conflict in Egypt and Syria and an altercation broke out between a Brotherhood member and jihadist leader Mohammad al-Miqdad, and the latter asked the Brotherhood not to publicly denounce the actions of the jihadists.
The jihadists discussed their plans to start moving Syrian and Iraqi jihadists into Egypt in order to carry out terror operations there after the Eid al-Adha festival, which falls on Tuesday.
It was explained in the meeting that the attempted assassination against the Egyptian interior minister and the attack on a satellite dish, which is part of the state’s TV communication system, were meant to demonstrate that they could access vital institutions in Cairo.
Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al-Qaeda’s current leader, joined the Muslim Brotherhood at 14. He rose to head the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, which he eventually folded into Al Qaeda.
Zawahiri’s core Al Qaeda has been somewhat sidelined, but this is a chance to head up a terror campaign in Egypt together with his old Brotherhood pals who have extensive western contacts.
The old gang is getting back together again.