Egypt has been battling a radical Islamic sect in North Sinai since former president Mohamed Morsi was ousted in July 2013. It turns out that this group is another ISIS franchise. The group calls itself Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Partisans of Jerusalem) and they were formed after the Muslim Brotherhood was kicked out of power by a popular uprising backed by the Egyptian Army. Are elements of the Muslim Brotherhood part of the new Ansar Beit al-maqdis organization? That’s almost a given and yet the MB group was once endorsed and supported by President Barrack Obama.
In 2011 this is what President Obama thought about the take over by the Muslim Brotherhood: “Obviously there’s still a lot of work to be done in Egypt . . . but what we’ve seen so far is positive. Egypt is going to require help in building democratic institutions and strengthening the economy ,” Obama told a White House news conference. “So far at least, we’re seeing the right signals coming out of Egypt.” Wrong, wrong, wrong. Totally wrong, as events in the coming months were to prove.
“[T]he organization of the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization, and anyone who asks either to reconcile with them, to join them or to ally with them is himself a terrorist.” — Refaat Saïd, leader of Egypt’s liberal socialist party, al-Tagammu’, and previously a close friend of former Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide, Mahdi Akef.
It should come as no surprise, then, that the motto of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis is also the verse singled out by Hassan al Banna: “Fight them until there is no fitnah [discord], and [until] the religion, all of it, is for Allah.” [Qur’an, Sura VIII, verse 39]
The link between the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas is clear, and confirmed by Article 2 of the Charter of Hamas, which reads: “The Islamic Resistance movement is one of the wings of the Muslim Brothers in Palestine”. Now they have a new affiliate, Ansar Beit al-maqdis (ABM for short).
The terrorist organization Boko Haram that operates in Nigeria Chad, Niger and Cameroon, announced last week that they were joining with ISIS.
Both the U.S. State Department and the British government included ABM in April 2014 on their list of terrorist organizations.
Dozens of security personnel have been killed in the unrest. Security forces say they have killed more than 172 Islamists since February in recent operations.
Expect to hear more on ISIS terrorism in Egypt, Libya, Chad, Sudan, Nigeria, Niger, Iraq and Syria. This is just starting and we can thank President Obama for most of it. He released ISIS leader al-Baghdadi from custody 3 years ago, despite knowing that he was at that time the head of Al Qaeda in Iraq.