Exposed: The Muslim Brotherhood/Al-Qaeda Connection

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As former Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi’s trials continue, it’s enlightening to consider what is likely to be one of the centerpieces of the trial: longstanding accusations that Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party worked with foreign terrorist organizations, including al-Qaeda, against the national security of Egypt. 

Based on these accusations of high treason, Morsi and others could face the death penalty.

Concerning some of the more severe allegations, one of Egypt’s most widely distributed and read newspapers, Al Watan, recently published what it said were recorded conversations between Morsi and Muhammad Zawahiri, al-Qaeda leader Ayman Zawahiri’s brother. 

In these reports, Watan repeatedly asserts that Egyptian security and intelligence agencies confirmed (or perhaps leaked out) the recordings.

Much of the substance of the alleged conversations is further corroborated by events that occurred during Morsi’s one-year-rule, most of which were reported by a variety of Arabic media outlets, though not by Western media.

In what follows, I relay, summarize, and translate some of the more significant portions of the Watan reports (verbatim statements are in quotation marks).  In between, I comment on various anecdotes and events—many of which were first broken on my website—that now, in light of these phone conversations, make perfect sense and independently help confirm the authenticity of the recordings. 


The first recorded call  between Muhammad Morsi  and  Muhammad Zawahiri lasted for 59 seconds. Morsi congratulated Zawahiri on his release from prison, where he had been incarcerated for jihadi/terrorist activities against Egypt, and assured him that he would not be followed or observed by any Egyptian authorities, and that he, Morsi, was planning on meeting with him soon.  Prior to this first call, Refa’ al-Tahtawy, then Chief of Staff, mediated and arranged matters.

The presidential palace continued to communicate regularly with Muhammad Zawahiri, and sources confirm that he was the link between the Egyptian presidency and his brother, Ayman Zawahiri, the Egyptian-born leader of al-Qaeda.

It should be noted that, once released, the previously little-known Muhammad Zawahiri did become very visible and vocal in Egypt, at times spearheading the Islamist movement.

The next recording between Morsi and Zawahiri lasted for 2 minutes and 56 seconds and took place one month after Morsi became president.  Morsi informed Zawahiri that the Muslim Brotherhood supports the mujahidin (jihadis) and that the mujahidin should support the Brotherhood in order for them both, and the Islamist agenda, to prevail in Egypt.

This makes sense in the context that, soon after Morsi came to power, the general public did become increasingly critical of him and his policies, including the fact that he was placing only Brotherhood members in Egypt’s most important posts, trying quickly to push through a pro-Islamist constitution, and, as Egyptians called it, trying in general to “Brotherhoodize” Egypt.

This second phone call being longer than the first, Zawahiri took it as an opportunity to congratulate Morsi on his recent presidential victory—which, incidentally, from the start, was portrayed by some as fraudulent—and expressed his joy that Morsi’s presidency could only mean that “all secular infidels would be removed from Egypt.”

Then Zawahiri told Morsi: “Rule according to the Sharia of Allah [or “Islamic law”], and we will stand next to you.  Know that, from the start, there is no so-called democracy, so get rid of your opposition.” 

This assertion comports extremely well with his brother Ayman Zawahiri’s views.  A former Muslim Brotherhood member himself, some thirty years ago, the al-Qaeda leader wrote Al Hissad Al Murr (“The Bitter Harvest”), a scathing book condemning the Brotherhood for “taking advantage of the Muslim youths’ fervor by … steer[ing] their onetime passionate, Islamic zeal for jihad to conferences and elections.” An entire section dedicated to showing that Islamic Sharia cannot coexist with democracy even appears in Ayman Zawahiri’s book (see “Sharia and Democracy,” The Al Qaeda Reader, pgs. 116-136).

The call ended in agreement that al-Qaeda would support the Brotherhood, including its international branches, under the understanding that Morsi would soon implement full Sharia in Egypt.  After this, Muhammad Zawahiri and Khairat al-Shater, the number-two man of the Muslim Brotherhood organization, reportedly met regularly.

It is interesting to note here that, prior to these revelations, U.S. ambassador Anne Patterson was seen visiting with Khairat al-Shater—even though he held no position in the Morsi government—and after the ousting and imprisonment of Morsi and leading Brotherhood members, Sens. John McCain and Lindsay Graham made it a point to visit the civilian Shater in his prison cell and urged the Egyptian government to release him.

The next call, recorded roughly six weeks after this last one, again revolved around the theme of solidifying common cooperation between the Egyptian presidency and the Muslim Brotherhood on the one hand, and al-Qaeda and its jihadi offshoots on the other, specifically in the context of creating jihadi cells inside Egypt devoted to protecting the increasingly unpopular Brotherhood-dominated government.

As I reported back in December 2012, Egyptian media were saying that foreign jihadi fighters were appearing in large numbers—one said 3,000 fighters—especially in Sinai.  And, since the overthrow of the Brotherhood and the military crackdown on its supporters, many of those detained have been exposed speaking non-Egyptian dialects of Arabic.

During this same call, Zawahiri was also critical of the Morsi government for still not applying Islamic Sharia throughout Egypt, which, as mentioned, was one of the prerequisites for al-Qaeda support. 

Morsi responded by saying “We are currently in the stage of consolidating power and need the help of all parties—and we cannot at this time apply the Iranian model or Taliban rule in Egypt; it is impossible to do so now.”

In fact, while the Brotherhood has repeatedly declared its aspirations for world domination, from its origins, it has always relied on a “gradual” approach, moving only in stages, with the idea of culminating its full vision only when enough power has been consolidated. 

In response, Zawahiri told Morsi that, as a show of good will, he must “at least release the mujahidin who were imprisoned during the Mubarak era as well as all Islamists, as an assurance and pact of cooperation and proof that the old page has turned to a new one.”

After that call, and as confirmed by a governmental source, Morsi received a list from Zawahiri containing the names of the most dangerous terrorists in Egyptian jails, some of whom were on death row due to the enormity of their crimes.

In fact, as I reported back in August 2012, many imprisoned terrorists, including from Egypt’s notorious Islamic Jihad organization—which was once led by Ayman Zawahiri—were released under Morsi.

One year later, in August 2013, soon after the removal of Morsi, Egypt’s Interior Ministry announced that Egypt was “preparing to cancel any presidential pardons issued during Morsi’s era to terrorists or criminals.”

During this same call, and in the context of pardons, Morsi said he would do his best to facilitate the return of Muhammad’s infamous brother and al-Qaeda leader, Ayman Zawahiri, back to Egypt—“with his head held high,” in accordance with Islamist wishes—as well as urge the U.S. to release the “Blind Sheikh” and terrorist mastermind, Omar Abdul Rahman.

In March 2013, I wrote about how Morsi, during his Pakistan visit, had reportedly met with Ayman Zawahiri  and made arrangements to smuggle him back to Sinai.  According to a Pakistan source, the meeting was “facilitated by elements of Pakistani intelligence [ISI] and influential members of the International Organization, the Muslim Brotherhood.”

The gist of the next two calls between Morsi and Muhammad Zawahiri was that, so long as the former is president, he would see to it that all released jihadis and al-Qaeda operatives are allowed to move freely throughout Egypt and the Sinai, and that the presidential palace would remain in constant contact with Zawahiri, to make sure everything is moving to the satisfaction of both parties.

Zawahiri further requested that Morsi allow them to develop training camps in Sinai in order to support the Brotherhood through trained militants. Along with saying that the Brotherhood intended to form a “revolutionary guard” to protect him against any coup, Morsi added that, in return for al-Qaeda’s and its affiliates’ support, not only would he allow them to have such training camps, but he would facilitate their development in Sinai and give them four facilities to use along the Egyptian-Libyan border.

That Libya is mentioned is interesting.  According to a Libyan Arabic report I translated back in June 2013, those who attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, killing Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were from jihadi cells that had been formed in Libya through Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood support.  Those interrogated named Morsi and other top Brotherhood leadership as accomplices.

More evidence—including some that implicates the U.S. administration—has mounted since then.

Next, Watan makes several more assertions, all of which are preceded by “according to security/intelligence agencies.”  They are:

• That Morsi did indeed as he promised, and that he facilitated the establishment of four jihadi training camps.  Morsi was then Chief in Command of Egypt’s Armed Forces, and through his power of authority, stopped the military from launching any operations including in the by now al-Qaeda overrun Sinai.

• That, after Morsi reached Pakistan, he had a one-and-a-half hour meeting with an associate of Ayman Zawahiri in a hotel and possibly spoke with him.

• That, after Morsi returned to Egypt from his trip to Pakistan, he issued another  list containing the names of 20 more convicted terrorists considered dangerous to the national security of Egypt, giving them all presidential pardons—despite the fact that national security and intelligence strongly recommended that they not be released on grounds of the threat they posed.

• That the Muslim Brotherhood’s international wing, including through the agency of Khairat al-Shater, had provided $50 million to al-Qaeda in part to support the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

One of the longer conversations between Morsi and Zawahiri reported by Watan is especially telling of al-Qaeda’s enmity for secularist Muslims and Coptic Christians—whose churches, some 80, were attacked, burned, and destroyed, some with the al-Qaeda flag furled above them, soon after the ousting of Morsi.  I translate portions below:

Zawahiri: “The teachings of Allah need to be applied and enforced; the secularists have stopped the Islamic Sharia, and the response must be a stop to the building of churches.” (An odd assertion considering how difficult it already is for Copts to acquire a repair permit for their churches in Egypt.)

Zawahiri also added that “All those who reject the Sharia must be executed, and all those belonging to the secular media which work to disseminate debauchery and help deviants and Christians to violate the Sharia, must be executed.”

Morsi reportedly replied: “We have taken deterrent measures to combat those few, and new legislative measures to limit their media, and in the near future, we will shut down these media stations and launch large Islamic media outlets.  We are even planning a big budget from the [Brotherhood] International Group  to launch Islamic and jihadi satellite stations  to urge on the jihad. There will be a channel for you and the men of al-Qaeda, and it can be broadcast from Afghanistan.”

Undeterred, Zawahiri responded by saying, “This [is a] Christian media—and some of the media personnel are paid by the [Coptic] Church and they work with those who oppose the Sharia… secularist forces are allied with Christian forces, among them Naguib Sawiris, the Christian-Jew.”

Morsi: “Soon we will uphold our promises to you.”

In fact, there was a period of time when the secular media in Egypt—which was constantly exposing Brotherhood machinations—were under severe attack by the Brotherhood and Islamists of all stripes (comedian Bassem Youssef was the tip of the iceberg).  In one instance, which I noted back in August 2012, six major media stations were attacked by Brotherhood supporters, their employees severely beat.

The last call recorded between Muhammad Morsi and Muhammad Zawahiri took place on the dawn of June 30, 2013 (the date of the June 30 Revolution that ousted Morsi and the Brotherhood).  Morsi made the call to Zawahiri in the presence of Asad al-Sheikha, Deputy Chief of Presidential Staff, Refa’ al-Tahtawy, Chief of Presidential Staff, and his personal security.

During this last call, Morsi incited Zawahiri to rise against the Egyptian military in Sinai and asked Zawahiri to compel all jihadi and loyalist elements everywhere to come to the aid of the Muslim Brotherhood and neutralize its opponents.

Zawahiri reportedly responded by saying “We will fight the military and the police, and we will set the Sinai aflame.”

True enough, as I reported on July 4, quoting from an Arabic report: “Al-Qaeda, under the leadership of Muhammad Zawahiri, is currently planning reprisal operations by which to attack the army and the Morsi-opposition all around the Republic [of Egypt].”  The report added that, right before the deposing of Morsi, Zawahiri had been arrested and was being interrogated—only to be ordered released by yet another presidential order, and that he  had since fled to the Sinai. 

Also on that same first day of the revolution, Khairat al-Shater, Deputy Leader of the Brotherhood, had a meeting with a delegate of jihadi fighters and reiterated Morsi’s request that all jihadis come to the aid of the presidency and the Brotherhood.


As Morsi’s trial continues, it’s only a matter of time before the truth of these allegations—and their implications for the U.S.—is known.  But one thing is certain: most of them comport incredibly well with incidents and events that took place under Morsi’s government.

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  • Jason P

    We need the MSM to pick up this story. This is too big to be buried in the archives of FPM, which it will be in a few days.

    • T-Rex

      That is highly unlikely. They will avoid this like the plague. With what little we already know about this trial you can bet as even the slightest connections between our State Dept., Morsi, the blind sheik, Bengazi, Syria, illegal gun running and monetary support for the MB surface there will be a concerted effort by the MSM to keep this trial out of the public eye. Can you think of any other reason the attack on the Bengazi consulate was painted as an isolated incident carried out by a couple of “rogue” terrorist wannabe’s? Below the surface of the mud is more mud and the MSM has no intention of allowing any of it to get on their Messiah, the Obama.

      • blert

        These revelations will bounce back to their patron diva: Hillary.

        The MSM will fold up into catatonia.

    • alericKong

      They probably will when Egypt hangs Morsi

      • kikorikid

        What I’m hopeing is that there will be some “paperwork”
        that falls out of the fog of the Morsi Trial that implicates
        Obama thru his multi-dimension support of the
        Muslim Brotherhood while the MB was carrying out
        pogroms on the anti-Morsi protestors. 50-50?

  • Maggie

    Makes one wonder when the Obama administration was aware of this connection.. and if they knew about it when they sent Morsi fighter jets.. aiding and abetting the enemy

  • nopeacenow

    Let’s discuss the Muslim Brotherhood – White House connection? That is more interesting and a more important topic that should be discussed in detail.

  • kikorikid

    Well argued,exquisitely timed!
    Like,Sayyid Qubt, Morsi is looking at the end of a traitors rope.
    What is interesting is that Obamas name is on the list of those
    who facilitated the suppression of anti-Morsi demonstrators, killing
    hundreds. The irony here is staggering The Holyland Foundation
    Trial,Dallas(07-08) left over three hundred organizations and individuals
    as “Unindicted Co-Conspirators”. They are part of or actively supporting
    the Muslim Brotherhood. Obama has appointed many, many Muslim
    Brotherhood operatives throughout his administration. Obama is
    openly furthering the interests of those who want to destroy us.

    • blert

      In doing so, Barry seems to be echoing his inner FDR, who is now known to have inserted Reds all over his administration — from the outset.
      The NKVD/ nee KGB have fingered Harry Hopkins as their agent of influence — a ‘Valerie Jarrett’ of his time.
      History records that he was hyper-active and more than you might believe running signifcant affairs of government.
      De facto, FDR ‘gave him his pen’ — permitting Hopkins the ability to sign off on all manner of aid to Stalin. This aid included shipping the Hanford plant blueprints to Moscow – – PLUS sample of the essential high tech materials: the carbon blocks, the neutron shim, control rod metal… the works. That Russia did receive these items is made apparent by LendLease records divulged after the end of the Cold War.
      Those publishing the stats didn’t even comprehend the significance of what they were tallying: civilians don’t even know what neutron shim is! It’s not something bandied about in the popular press — ever.

  • wileyvet

    While Egypt is trying to rid themselves of this pestilence, Obama welcomes MB members to the White House. This is scandalous. He needs to be called out on this by the Washington Press Corps. I’d like to see how Jay “Baghdad Bob” Carney spins it.

  • PatriotInk

    Obloody should be arrested and handed over to the Egyptians for crimes against humanity.

  • DontMessWithAmerica

    Let us pray that out of this trial will come proof of Obama’s intimate connections to the MB and his treasonous help to them – also the truth behind Benghazi which involved gun running, the WH, Morsi and the MB.

  • USARetired

    These are the vermin Obama and McCain and Hillary were, and maybe still, Support.

  • Richard

    It is astonishing to hear msm reporters remark that these revelations are simply points of view as if there are never any facts, just opinions of facts. They refuse to ask even basic questions to establish fact, this is the true manipulation of the public. There is no doubt that the Obama Administration is up to its ears with the MB – the question becomes – what’s the endgame for O? If nothing else, is he a Shiite or Sunni? At this point, given Iran, he must be a Shiite. Now what?

    • blert

      Barry was instructed in the philosophy of Islam by a Wahhabist imam while in Indonesia.
      Wahhabists are considered deviant-hard line Saudi supremacists even by other Sunnis.
      The Shi’ite leaning whiz kid is Valerie Girl: Jarrett.
      Plainly, Barry figures he’s above the world… and can straddle these two tigers.
      More fundamentaly: he’s against the status quo, pretty much anywhere.
      Hence his dictat: “Change!”

  • stringman

    The most promising theory of what happened in Benghazi is that the facility that was attacked and destroyed, killing four Americans, was not even officially designated. Its purpose was to buy up armaments in the area thereby reducing violence in the region. The Obama administration made these efforts in secret to support its campaign assertion that everything was under control, al Qaeda was beaten and on the run. So, naturally (and ironically) when the terrorists attacked, Obama and Clinton’s first move was to try and sweep the whole affair under the rug, not mount a military rescue that would make front page news next day. Obviously, no one involved in this operation is anxious to break their oath of secrecy. Not only would it be an act of treason but, they would be doubly hung out to dry by their fellow operatives and Obama’s minions.

    This all took place while Obama was running for his second term. We can’t have a little flap with terrorists and a few dead Americans making the anointed one look bad… can we. The DC moto is similar to that of Vegas: “What goes under the rug, stays under the rug.”

  • semus

    I hope they expose Obama’s culpability in all of this. His strange support of Morsi. The Muslim Brotherhood connection all of it.

  • Lanna

    Egyptians wanted no more of what the Brotherhood was dishing out..Sharia was not welcome, and neither were the connections to Obama!

  • Brettwashere

    Hmm… The Ikhwan (Brotherhood), HAMAS and al-Qaeda have the same goals: to re-establish the Calipha. Does it make any sense that they wouldn’t be working together?

    When Gemel Abdel Nasir settled with Israel the Ikhwan attempted his assassination. The subsequent crackdown on the Brotherhood led to the execution of their ideologue, Said Qotb. (Incidentally, the ideologue of Bin Laden).

    When Anwar Sadat made a truce with Israel, Omer Abdel Rahman issued a fatwa to kill Sadat. It would be the repeat of a big mistake to be identified with the Muslim Brotherhood – so they needed the name Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ).

    Omer Abdel Rahman is spending a life sentence for his involvement in the 1993 WTC Bombing and his Captain, Dr. Ayman Zawahiri, succeeded in 2001.

    This came full circle in Benghazi, When the Turkish Brotherhood envoy met with US Ambassador Stevens. How did Ansar al-Shari’a know he was going to be in Benghazi just then? Wasn’t it a rarity for Stevens to be there?

    Compounded by reports that a gunman was heard to be saying “Mahadesh! Diktoor Morsi ba’etna!” (Don’t shoot! Dr. Morsi sent us!).

    Compounded by Morsi’s speech, on the floor of the UN, where he refers to “The Free World” as Darul Harb (Dominion of War).

    I’m sorry, all these names: HAMAS, al-Qaeda, ISIL, Ansar al-Shari’a, or whatever name they are using this week, all sounds like an exercise in plausible deniability.

    Are we that dense that we don’t recognize the obvious?