How the Muslim Brotherhood is Trying to Take Over Iraq

The Muslim Brotherhood has taken over Egypt and it’s the official rebel Syrian government, as determined by Qatar, France and Obama. Muslim Brotherhood protests are mounting in Jordan and the Muslim Brotherhood is a definite player in Libya’s future.

But Iraq remains an obvious and gaping hole in their map of the region. Perhaps not for long.

From 2010 until now, the Iraqi scene has grappled with a paradox that does not align with the Arab Spring protest movements. The Muslim Brotherhood, which rose to power in countries swept by the Arab Spring, found itself left out of the political game in Iraq since then. They lost the 2010 elections as their popular bases swept the al-Iraqiya list, which is led by a secular Shiite. Some of the leaders of this coalition are former members who withdrew from the Islamic Party, which represents the Brotherhood in Iraq.

Not only does this scene reveal the state of frustration plaguing the Brotherhood in Iraq after they dimmed while their counterparts rose in the Middle East, but it also largely explains why the party is clinging to the demonstrations that recently broke out in the Sunni cities. These protests started to demand specific rights, but they soon started to include slogans and ideas that took on a sectarian dimension. Tribesmen and politicians stopped addressing the protesters, and cleared the way for clerics who, for the most part, belong to the Iraqi Brotherhood.

The same year also saw the losses for the  party in local elections and ended with the split of a group of senior leaders. Chief among these was the former leader of the party and Vice President of the Republic, Tariq al-Hashemi, who is currently sentenced to death, as well as another group from the Accordance Front, which cleared the way for the Iraqiya List led by Iyad Allawi.

But the Brotherhood is not a big believer in giving up. Not when their influence is growing on the regional scene.

Second, a demand adopted by the Brotherhood leaders of the demonstrations focuses on starting an Iraqi version of the Arab Spring revolutions with the aim of monopolizing Iraq’s Sunni constituency, if not changing the entire political system.

And the Brotherhood, as in Egypt, is quite good at hijacking generalized protests to push its own agenda. That’s what it did in Egypt. That is what it is trying to do in Jordan and now in Iraq.

Iraq is not likely to fall to the Brotherhood, but with enough effort it can become a much bigger player, especially with backing form Qatar and Egypt. The Egyptian takeover and the Morsi government’s subsequent attempts at ending the UAE crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood there shows that Egyptian intends to have the same relationship toward Brotherhood cells that the USSR had toward Communist cells in the West. Good relations with Egypt now mean good relations with the local Brotherhood.

  • Johnconrad

    And the 2 billion the US is currently sending to Egypt will finance the efforts to "undo" the good done in Iraq.

    • EarlyBird

      Let's see, John. The US spent hundreds of billions of dollars – mostly via debt owned by China – to do "good" in Iraq. That "good" has resulted in a broken Iraq which is now open, as this article points out, to Islamist terrorism. It also destroyed Iran's main enemy.

      But since the US is continuing to honor its pledge to Egypt which has existed since '79 to pay off Egypt so as not to wage endless war on Israel, THIS is real threat to the region. Got it.

  • AdinaK

    There is no place within the Arab Muslim world, or anywhere else, whereby the Muslim Brotherhood Mafia is not seeking hegemony. Shariah Law will be implanted, over as many dead bodies as required.

    Their tactics are varied within different regions, but their goals are sacrosanct. Immutable.

    Adina kutnicki, Israel –

    • EarlyBird

      They didn't have an opening in Iraq until W. Bush launched a war that destroyed the Hussein regime. Knocking off Saddam was a very good thing, and in fairness, Iraq was falling apart before the war. But we all know that jihadists love broken nations, and we all know Bush's war pushed Iraq over the brink, thereby opening up this whole new country to jihadists.

  • JacksonPearson

    With the Muslim Brotherhood and Obama, in the end, it's all about reestablishing the Caliphate!!!

  • EarlyBird

    Notice that Greenfield makes no mention that the reason Iraq is now open territory for Islamic terrorists is because of W. Bush's disastrous war on that country to begin with. So, let's recap the results of this neocon foreign policy militarism which this entire site continues to call for, shall we?

    W. Bush's Iraq War:

    Killed and maimed countless innocent Iraqis.
    Killed and maimed thousands of America's troops.
    Stressed and ruined countless US military marriages and families.
    Cost the US taxpayer hundreds of billions of dollars..and counting.
    Destroyed Iran's biggest enemy.
    Made Iran stronger.
    Helped Al Queda's propaganda that America is waging a war on Muslims.
    Ruined Iraq, making the country a place for Islamist terrorists to flourish.

    And the right wingers want to simply continue this Endless War, because it indicates a "moral compass."