The common cause between the U.S. and the Brotherhood sheds new light on the Obama administration’s support for the regime of Mohammed Mursi. National security investigations in Egypt discovered that under the regime of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt procured weapons after receiving them from Sudan and Libya before shipping them on to Syria to arm rebels.
Now evidence from Middle Eastern sources reveals common interests between the Barack Obama administration and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood regime with respect to weapons trafficking.
Previously, Shoebat.com reported that the U.S. presence in Benghazi was about weapons trafficking to Syria, and now, with an official ongoing investigation in Egypt the case is made that the Muslim Brotherhood regime there did as well.
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According to a report from Youm7, Khairat al-Shater, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Deputy Supreme Guide at the time – and the real power behind Mursi’s regime – is the one responsible for running that operation along with “some leaders” of the Muslim Brotherhood. For a time, al-Shater was the Muslim Brotherhood’s preferred choice for president in Egypt but he was disqualified for having been to jail too much and was ultimately replaced by Mursi, as Shoebat.com reported at the time.
In fact, a top Muslim Brotherhood figure who is referenced in the report – Safwat Hijazi – admitted that he was involved in shipping weapons to Syria. This claim is backed up by several videos that feature Hijazi making stating as much. In this example, Hijazi both admits to and reiterates that he had been doing just that (3:00 mark):
The claims relayed by Youm7 also bolster much of our earlier findings in investigations about Egypt’s involvement in the Benghazi attacks as well as why the Obama State Department seemed more interested in one particular Muslim Brotherhood leader than in President Mohammed Mursi.
Evidence from Libyan intelligence (EXHIBIT B of our exhaustive and ongoing report) reveals an Egyptian connection to the Benghazi attack. The Libyan Intelligence document dated a few days after the attack relays the accounts of six Egyptians arrested at the scene. Among the names of individuals identified by these Egyptians as having been behind it were President Mursi and Hijazi.
It was to Libya that Safwat Hijazi attempted to flee but was arrested and imprisoned after Mursi’s removal.
It was Safwat Hijazi who launched Mursi’s campaign in a fiery, anti-Semitic speech speaking of Jerusalem becoming the capital of an Islamic caliphate under Mursi.
(In the video above Mursi can be seen sitting behind Hijazi. Seated next to Mursi was al-Shater’s boss, Mohammed Badie)
Sudan’s involvement is significant. It is still designated as an official State Sponsor of Terrorism, though Obama has expressed a desire to ease these relations, as Shoebat.com has demonstrated.
An individual who could be implicated in such an operation is Obama’s brother Malik Obama, who works for al-Bashir’s Islamic Da’wa Organization (IDO).
In fact, in the weeks after Mursi’s removal from power, al-Shater’s son was arrested after reportedly making some bold claims about connections between his father and Barack Obama. As we relayed in Addendum F of our “Ironclad” Report, explosive claims of what Saad al-Shater told the Anatolia News Agency were revealed:
(Saad) said that his father had in his hand evidence that will land the head of United States of America, president Obama, in prison… (and that)… his father’s safety is more important to the Americans than is the safety of Mohammed Mursi.
An Associated Press article published a couple of weeks later backed some of this up by reporting that Egyptian officials acknowledged the younger al-Shater had threatened to release documents showing a connection between his father and Barack Obama.
The Anatolia Press report continued…
He (Saad) stressed that the senior U.S. delegation currently visiting Egypt, knows full well that the fate, future, interests and reputation of their country is in the hands of his father, and they know that he owns the information, documents and recordings that incriminate and would condemn their country.
The U.S. delegation Saad would have been referring to included Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, as well as Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns.
In the weeks after Mursi’s removal from power, McCain and Graham traveled to Egypt in an effort to negotiate the release of Muslim Brotherhood leaders. While there, they made the argument that unless this was done, there would be all out bloodshed in Egypt. It was clear the two Senators were trying to sow the seeds of panic and urgency in order to get Gen. Abdel Fatah el-Sisi to do what they wanted; that did not happen.
Here is a news report about the Senators’ visit and how their words angered Egyptians:
At about the same time, Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns was also in Egypt. One of the items on his agenda was to secretly meet with al-Shater. This was done under cover of darkness, according to ABC News as relayed by Shoebat.com. In addition to Burns’ meeting with al-Shater on a “late Sunday night” in “Tora Prison”, attempts were made by al-Shater’s then Chief of Staff – and former Clinton Foundation employee Gehad El-Haddad – to diminish the significance and duration of the meeting after attempts to say it didn’t happen at all, failed.
Within two weeks of these failed attempts to negotiate the release of Muslim Brotherhood leaders from prison, international media attention was shifted away from Egypt and toward Syria, when a chemical weapons attack occurred. Despite relentless efforts by the Obama administration and members of Congress – including McCain and Graham – to blame the attack on Syria’s Assad regime in order to justify air strikes intended to help the Syrian jihadists, evidence continued to mount that the jihadists themselves were responsible. We’ve chronicled much of this evidence at Shoebat.com.
According to the very credible veteran journalist Seymour Hersh (broke the My Lai massacre and Abu Ghraib scandals), the U.S. Mission in Benghazi was about procuring and shipping weapons to Syria through Turkey and that then CIA Director David Petraeus ran that operation. This would give Al-Shater and Petraeus common cause with respect to weapons trafficking. That is, until the Benghazi attacks, a consequence of which was the end of Petraeus’ operation. Hersh’s sources revealed that this greatly angered Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who urgently wanted an excuse for Obama to attack Assad.
That excuse came nearly one year later with the chemical attack and that Turkey was behind it; American politicians played along.
If Hersh is correct, Ergodan was getting increasingly desperate for U.S. assistance in his war against Assad after the Benghazi attacks. This desperation must have grown exponentially overnight with the removal of Mursi in Egypt. Less than two months later, the chemical attack happened in Syria.
Any role al-Shater had in shipping weapons from Sudan and Libya through Egypt to Syria would have come to a screeching halt with the ouster of Mursi. If the cessation of Petraeus’ operation in Benghazi angered Erdogan, the removal of the Muslim Brotherhood – to include al-Shater – from power in Egypt would have angered Erdogan for very similar reasons.
ben Barrack contributed to this article