Daily Archives: December 18, 2013

Senate Egypt bill could ease US aid after coup | The Back Channel

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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to introduce an Egypt aid bill Wednesday that if passed could set a precedent for loosening current restrictions on US assistance to post-coup countries, Congressional sources tell Al-Monitor.

Sen. Robert Menendez  (D-NJ), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is expected to introduce the bill, called the Egypt Assistance Reform Act of 2013, at a SFRC business meeting or Wednesday.  The bill is listed as the first item on the published agenda  for the committee meeting.

A senior US administration official, speaking not for attribution Tuesday, said the bill is expected to pass, but it isn’t clear that Menendez has a vehicle to bring it to the floor before the end of the week, after which Congress is expected to go on break. The real test will be the continuing resolution or the omnibus in early January, the official said.

The bill, while geared to Egypt, could have wider implications for US defense/security and economic assistance to post coup countries universally, one Congressional staffer, speaking not for attribution, said. If passed, it would virtually eliminate the restrictions of Section 7008, which currently prevents aid to post coup countries, by offering a framework for a waiver, which could be renewed. The Congressional staffer suggested the Obama White House had been closely involved in drafting the text of the legislation with the SFRC.

“We are continuing to work with the Congress to ensure we obtain the funding and authorities necessary to provide assistance for Egypt, consistent with the approach we outlined earlier this year,” Bernadette Meehan, spokesperson for the National Security Council, told Al-Monitor Wednesday.

A spokesman for the SFRC majority staff contacted by Al-Monitor Tuesday evening said he may not be able to get guidance on the matter before Wednesday.  A spokesman for ranking SFRC Republican Bob Corker of Tennessee could not immediately be reached Tuesday.

The proposed bill would provide “the administration a legislative roadmap forward for U.S. assistance to continue to Egypt despite current legal restrictions on aid to countries where a military coup d’état has taken place,” a summary of the draft bill provided to Al-Monitor states.

“Though a number of requirements for continuing assistance under the waiver are specified, the bill removes standing legislative restrictions on U.S. assistance in cases of military coups and sets a potentially dangerous precedent for ad-hoc legislative waivers to be obtained by the administration in the future, should it desire,” the summary continues.

Under the proposed legislation, the “Secretary of States could waive such an aid suspension for 180 days after consultation and upon providing Congress a detailed justification and report which certifies ‘that providing such assistance is in the vital national security interests of the United States’ and that the government “is committed to restoring democratic governance and due process of law, and is taking demonstrable steps toward holding free and fair elections in a reasonable time frame,’” the summary states. “The waiver could be extended by additional 180-day periods following the same process.”

Senate Egypt bill could ease US aid after coup | The Back Channel.

 

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مرسى يواجه الاعدام – إحالة مرسي للجنايات بتهم التخابر والتجسس والارهاب وتسريب اسرار الدفاع والامن القومى لدول اجنبيه ومنظمات حماس وحزب الله والحرس الثورى الايرانى

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قرر النائب العام في مصر الإربعاء إحالة المعزول محمد مرسي ومرشد جماعة الإخوان المسلمين محمد بديع وآخرين إلى محكمة الجنايات بتهمة التخابر مع جهات أجنبية  والتجسس والارهاب وتسريب اسرار الدفاع والامن القومى لدول اجنبيه ومنظمات حماس وحزب الله والحرس الثورى الايرانى

وقال بيان صادر عن النيابة تلقت سكاي نيوز عربية نسخة منه إنه تقرر إحالة مرسي وبديع ونائبي مرشد الإخوان خيرت الشاطر ومحمود عزت ورئيس مجلس الشعب السابق محمد الكتاتني و عدد من قادة الجماعة من بينهم محمد البلتاجي وعصام العريان إلى محكمة الجنايات لارتكابهم ايضا أعمال إرهابية داخل البلاد

وأضاف البيان أن التحقيقات في القضية كشفت أن التنظيم الدولي لجماعة الإخوان المسلمين قام بتنفيذ أعمال عنف إرهابية داخل مصر لإشاعة الفوضى العارمة بها وأعد مخططا إرهابيا كان من ضمن بنوده تحالف قيادات جماعة الإخوان بمصر مع بعض المنظمات الأجنبية مثل حركة المقاومة الإسلامية حماس وحزب الله اللبناني لأقتحام السجون وتهريب مرسى وقيادات الجماعه من السجون المصريه

 

Egypt’s Ousted Morsi To Be Tried For Conspiracy with foreign Countries & organisations, espionage ,terrorism and revealing defence secrets

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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt state media is reporting that the country’s top prosecutor has referred ousted Mohammed Morsi to trial for conspiring with foreign  organisations, countries, espionage
and carrying out terrorist operations in the country.

The state news agency reported Wednesday that Morsi and 35 others, including the Muslim Brotherhood‘s top three leaders, are charged with revealing state secrets to a foreign country, sponsoring terrorism and carrying out military training and other acts that undermined Egypt’s stability and independence.

If found guilty, they could face the death penalty.

Morsi is already under investigatation over allegations he and the Brotherhood worked with the Palestinian militant group Hamas on a prison break that freed him and other members of the group during Egypt’s 2011 uprising. That attack killed 14 inmates.

Morsi is already on trial on other charges.

الرئيس الطفس – المعزول محمد مرسي ضرب فتة وبط بالفريك بـ14 مليون جنيه

الخبر يفسر للمصريين لماذا يرتدى مرسى السلطانيه

الخبر يفسر للمصريين لماذا يرتدى مرسى السلطانيه

القاهره : أكد مصطفى بكري، الكاتب الصحفى، إن الرئيس المصري المعزول محمد مرسى كان ينفق مليونًا، وربع شهريًا على الأكل، بإجمالي 14 مليون جنيه سنويًا، لافتًا إلى أنه كان يأكل هو وجماعته الفتة مع المشايخ في قصر الاتحادية على سجاجيد الرئاسه التى تقدر الواحده منها بـ3 ملايين دولا
وأكد بكري، أن الدكتورة باكينام الشرقاوى مساعد رئيس الجمهورية السابق كانت يوميا أمام الحرس الرئاسى تطالبهم بتجهيز “سمك مخصوص”، وكانت تقول: “إنها ليست فاضية لزوجها فأخذ الأكل منها”، حيث كان يتم العبث بمقدرات القصر الرئاسى، حيث إن مرسى طلب تغيير السجاد العجمى ومكتب الرئيس حسنى مبارك وأشار إلي أن المبالغ التى صرفت على المأكولات فى عهد الرئيس السابق “الجمبرى والبط والفراخ والاستاكوزا” والفتة التى كانت أسبوعية، ثم تحولت إلى يومية وكان يدعى لها قادة مكتب الإرشاد والفصائل الإسلامية ومساعديهم، حيث كانت تأتى الخراف بشكل كبير ومبتذل وكثير جدا كلفت الرئاسة مليونا وربع شهريا 14 مليون جنيه سنويا، وكان هذا من ميزانية رئاسة الجمهورية
كما أكد “بكرى”، خلال مداخلة هاتفية مع الإعلامية دعاء جاد الحق في برنامج “آخر النهار”، عبر فضائية “النهار” مساء اليوم، أن المعزول، عين مساعدين له من الحاصلين على دبلوم الصنايع، موضحاً أنه تم إهدار الميزانية المخصص لرئاسة الجمهورية على مكافآت العاملين التابعين لجماعة الإخوان داخل الرئاسة. وطالب الكاتب الصحفي، بالتحقيق مع نجل الرئيس المعزول لإهدائه سيارة لخطيبته من السيارات التابعة للرئاسة، موضحاً أنه تم تدمير هذه السيارة وتم استبدالها بأخرى جديدة
أكد الكاتب الصحفي مصطفى بكري، أن الدكتورة باكينام الشرقاوى مساعد رئيس الجمهورية السابق كانت يوميا أمام الحرس الرئاسى تطلبهم بتجهيز “سمك مخصوص”، وكانت تقول: “إنها ليست فاضية لزوجها فأخذ الأكل منها”، حيث كان يتم العبث بمقدرات القصر الرئاسى، حيث إن مرسى طلب تغيير السجاد العجمى ومكتب الرئيس الأسبق حسنى مبارك.وأشار إلي أن المبالغ التى صرفت على المأكولات فى عهد الرئيس السابق “الجمبرى والبط والفراخ والاستاكوز” والفتة التى كانت أسبوعية، ثم تحولت إلى يومية وكان يدعى لها قادة مكتب الإرشاد والفصائل الإسلامية ومساعديهم، حيث كانت تأتى الخراف بشكل كبير ومبتذل وكثير جدا كلفت الرئاسة مليونا وربع شهريا 14 مليون جنيه سنويا، وكان هذا من ميزانية رئاسة الجمهورية – See more at: http://www.el-balad.com/751947#sthash.92mh6xhl.dpuf
أكد الكاتب الصحفي مصطفى بكري، أن الدكتورة باكينام الشرقاوى مساعد رئيس الجمهورية السابق كانت يوميا أمام الحرس الرئاسى تطلبهم بتجهيز “سمك مخصوص”، وكانت تقول: “إنها ليست فاضية لزوجها فأخذ الأكل منها”، حيث كان يتم العبث بمقدرات القصر الرئاسى، حيث إن مرسى طلب تغيير السجاد العجمى ومكتب الرئيس الأسبق حسنى مبارك.وأشار إلي أن المبالغ التى صرفت على المأكولات فى عهد الرئيس السابق “الجمبرى والبط والفراخ والاستاكوز” والفتة التى كانت أسبوعية، ثم تحولت إلى يومية وكان يدعى لها قادة مكتب الإرشاد والفصائل الإسلامية ومساعديهم، حيث كانت تأتى الخراف بشكل كبير ومبتذل وكثير جدا كلفت الرئاسة مليونا وربع شهريا 14 مليون جنيه سنويا، وكان هذا من ميزانية رئاسة الجمهورية – See more at: http://www.el-balad.com/751947#sthash.92mh6xhl.dpuf
أكد الكاتب الصحفي مصطفى بكري، أن الدكتورة باكينام الشرقاوى مساعد رئيس الجمهورية السابق كانت يوميا أمام الحرس الرئاسى تطلبهم بتجهيز “سمك مخصوص”، وكانت تقول: “إنها ليست فاضية لزوجها فأخذ الأكل منها”، حيث كان يتم العبث بمقدرات القصر الرئاسى، حيث إن مرسى طلب تغيير السجاد العجمى ومكتب الرئيس الأسبق حسنى مبارك.وأشار إلي أن المبالغ التى صرفت على المأكولات فى عهد الرئيس السابق “الجمبرى والبط والفراخ والاستاكوز” والفتة التى كانت أسبوعية، ثم تحولت إلى يومية وكان يدعى لها قادة مكتب الإرشاد والفصائل الإسلامية ومساعديهم، حيث كانت تأتى الخراف بشكل كبير ومبتذل وكثير جدا كلفت الرئاسة مليونا وربع شهريا 14 مليون جنيه سنويا، وكان هذا من ميزانية رئاسة الجمهورية – See more at: http://www.el-balad.com/751947#sthash.92mh6xhl.dpuf

الأيام البحرينية:مصطفى بكري: الرئيس المعزول محمد مرسي أكل فتة بـ14 مليون جنيه

البلد: مصطفى بكري: “الفتة” كانت متواجدة في الاتحادية خلال عهد مرسي.. والمأكولات كلفت الرئاسة 14 مليون جنيه

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The Middle East’s Snowstorm, Viewed From Space

Heavy rain and snow hit the region—from Lebanon down to Egypt.

We’ve seen the amazing photos of the uncharacteristically early and intense snowstorm that blanketed the Middle East last week (and if you haven’t, head on over to In Focus), but sometimes you just can’t beat the view from 440 miles above Earth’s surface. On Monday, NASA released the image below, taken by Terra, a more than 11,000-pound satellite roughly the size of a small school bus.

The satellite, the agency notes, took the image of the snow on Sunday, after clouds over the region dissipated. The “snow is confined to higher elevations in Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel and the West Bank, and Jordan,” NASA writes, though some “lower-elevation desert regions in Syria are also snowy.” Lower elevations near the coast have instead received heavy rain, resulting in deadly flooding. “The floods are not visible at this scale, but tan and green plumes of sediment are visible along the Mediterranean Sea coast,” the agency adds.

A zoomed-out map, showing more of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the Mediterranean Sea, gives you a sense of just how far the wintery weather reached:

via The Middle East’s Snowstorm, Viewed From Space – Uri Friedman – The Atlantic.

بلاغ للنائب العام المصرى يفضح العلاقات الخاصه بين زوجة المعزول مرسى وهيلارى كلينتون وعشيقتها هوما عابدين

مرسي-وكلينتونذكرت عدة مواقع اخباريه منها موقع ” دبليو إن دي” الأمريكي وموقع الورلد برس اليوم، أن هناك تهديدا كبيرا يواجه وزيرة الخارجية السابقة “هيلاي كلينتون” إذا أصحبت رئيسة الولايات المتحدة في عام 2016، حيث ستكون غير مرغوب فيها في مصر، نظرا لخطواتها في دعم جماعة الإخوان المسلمين التي تعمل الحكومة المصرية الآن على وضعها ضمن قوائم المنظمات الإرهابية

وأضاف أن الأسبوع الماضي تم تقديم شكوى للنائب العام المصري “هشام بركات” تتهم “كلينتون” بتعاونها مع “نجلاء محمود” زوجة الرئيس المعزول “محمد مرسي” في دعم التمرد ضد وزير الدفاع المصري “عبد الفتاح السيسي”، وأكد الباحث الفلسطيني والعضو السابق في منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية “وليد شعيبات” على مدونته أنه تم بالفعل توجيه التهم الجنائية لزوجة “مرسي” ووزيرة الخارجية السابقة

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كلينتون وعشيقتها هوما عابدين

وأوضح الموقع أن “كلينتون” تربطها علاقة وثيقة بـ”هوما عابدين” وهي عضو في جماعة الإخوان المسلمين، ولدت في أمريكا بولاية ميتشجان، وانتقلت وعمرها سنتان مع عائلتها إلى جدة في السعودية، وشاركت والدة “هوما” “صالحة عابدين” في كلية دار الحكمة بالسعودية وهي أول كلية للبنات في السعودية، كما أنها عضوه في المنظمة الدولية للمرأة، وهو تنظيم الأخوات المسلمات الذي يمثل الفرع النسائي من جماعة الإخوان المسلمين، وهي نفس المنظمة التي تنتمي إليها زوجة الرئيس المصري المعزول “محمد مرسي” والتي عملت في المركز الإسلامي التابع لتلك المنظمة عندما كان زوجها يعمل بأمريكا

وهناك أفراد من عائلة “هوما عابدين” لهم علاقات تجارية مع أعضاء التنظيم الدولي مثل شقيقها “حسن عابدين” الذي عمل مع الشيخ “يوسف القرضاوي” و “حسن نصيف” القيادي بتنظيم القاعدة

وتوطدت علاقات السيناتور “هيلاري كلينتون” قبل أن تصبح وزير للخارجية بمسئولي الإخوان في مصر وأمريكا، لدرجة حرص السفارة الأمريكية على بعث مندوبين لها لحضور محاكمات لقادة الإخوان في التسعينيات بل شارك في جلسات المحاكمة أيضا وبدعم من السفارة الأمريكية محامون إنجليز

وقال الموقع الأمريكي إن “هوما” استطاعت من خلال علاقتها الخاصة بهيلاري كلينتون التوغل داخل البيت الأبيض وزرع عدد من الإخوان المسلمين داخله ، ومن بينهم “داليا مجاهد” والتي عملت داخل البيت الأبيض كمستشارة لـ”أوباما”

وذكر أنه في أغسطس الماضي تم اتهام شقيق الرئيس الأمريكي “باراك أوباما” بانتمائه لجماعة الإخوان المسلمين، وهناك مزاعم بتورط “أوباما” في دعم منظمات إرهابية في السودان وكذاك جماعة الإخوان في مصر

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The Islamic Front ‘will not fight the al Qaeda organization’

While denying rumors of a purported meeting between the US and the newly formed Islamic Front, a Syrian jihadist group that cooperates with al Qaeda’s branches in Syria, US Secretary of State John Kerry said today that such a meeting is possible. From Reuters:

“The United States has not met to date with the Islamic Front but it’s possible it could take place,” Kerry told a news conference in Manila where he is visiting.”There is an effort afoot among all of the supporting nations of the Syrian opposition to want to broaden the base of the moderate opposition and broaden the base of representation of the Syrian people in the Geneva two negotiation,” he added.

Meanwhile the Islamic Front was also busy denying it met with US officials. And a member of the “political bureau” said that the group would not fight al Qaeda. From Asharq Al Awsat:

Meanwhile, an official of the Islamic Front’s political bureau, Abdallah Al-Hamawi, denied the reports and said they were “lies, and their objectives were clear, and we will not allow them to cause sedition”.He added on his Twitter account that the Islamic Front “will not fight the al Qaeda organization because it [Islamic Front] was founded to form a link for jihadists”, and that it would not fight a proxy war or cause division between the jihadists.

Take all of that in, and then go read Thomas Joscelyn’s report on Abu Khalid al Suri (or Mohamed Bahaiah), a senior leader of Ahrar al Sham, a large brigade in the Islamic Front that routinely fights alongside al Qaeda’s branches in Syria. Bahaiah previously served as Osama bin Laden‘s courier and now serves as Ayman al Zawahiri’s personal representative in Syria (he is mediating a dispute between the leaders of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and the Al Nusrah Front).

Should the US consider the Islamic Front to be part of what Secretary Kerry calls the “moderate opposition”?

The Islamic Front ‘will not fight the al Qaeda organization’ – Threat Matrix.

Syrian rebel leader was bin Laden’s courier, now Zawahiri’s representative

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A senior al Qaeda operative known as Abu Khalid al Suri is a leading figure in Ahrar al Sham, a Syrian extremist group that is part of the recently formed Islamic Front. Al Suri’s real name is Mohamed Bahaiah.

Bahaiah is a longtime al Qaeda operative who worked as a courier for the terror network. Spanish authorities think he may have delivered surveillance tapes of the World Trade Center and other American landmarks to al Qaeda’s senior leadership in Afghanistan in early 1998.

In addition to being a senior member of Ahrar al Sham, Bahaiah today serves as Ayman al Zawahiri‘s representative in the Levant.

Ahrar al Sham is not one of al Qaeda’s two official branches inside Syria, which are the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, or Levant (ISIS) . But Ahrar al Sham has closely cooperated with the al Qaeda affiliates on the battlefield even while engaging in a very public dispute with ISIS.

Bahaiah’s role in Ahrar al Sham has been confirmed by two US intelligence officials contacted by The Long War Journal. One official noted that while Bahaiah is not the emir or overall head of Ahrar al Sham, he is considered a central figure within in its ranks and plays a significant role in guiding the group.

Other al Qaeda operatives hold key positions within the extremist organization as well, according to the US officials.

In an article earlier this month, As-Safir, a Beirut-based publication, reported that Bahaiah “has played a prominent role” in Ahrar al Sham since its founding and “has sought to to cooperate and consult with prominent al Qaeda figures regarding the best methods of jihadist work in Syria.” The publication cited a “source in the Ahrar al Sham movement.”

The Daily Beast reports that Bahaiah is “overseeing the relationship between the al Qaeda affiliates and the Islamic Front.”

Bahaiah has kept his role within Ahrar al Sham out of the spotlight. US officials say that he is part of a secretive al Qaeda cadre that has sought to influence or co-opt parts of the Syrian insurgency that are not official al Qaeda branches.

A courier for Osama bin Laden

European officials first gathered evidence connecting Bahaiah to the al Qaeda network as early as the 1990s. Spanish investigators identified Bahaiah as one of Osama bin Laden’s most trusted couriers.

Bahaiah “is the person who was totally trusted by many different people in the various countries and was able to coordinate and transmit orders from bin Laden,” a Spanish judicial official told The New York Times in December 2003. This same official said that Bahaiah “was also being investigated for helping to finance an unsuccessful plot in 1997 to kill the prime minister of Yemen.”

Spanish court records reviewed by The Long War Journal cite Bahaiah’s longstanding relationship with Imad Yarkas, a fellow Syrian who headed al Qaeda’s presence inside Spain prior to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Spanish officials found, for example, that Bahaiah delivered money from Yarkas to Abu Qatada, an al Qaeda-affiliated ideologue, in London.

Bahaiah’s brother-in-law is Mohammed Galeb Kalaje Zouaydi, a Syrian businessman who was arrested on terrorism charges in 2002. The United Nations has described Zouaydi as “a suspected financier of al Qaeda’s worldwide terrorist efforts.” Zouaydi would say, according to Spanish court documents, that Bahaiah’s “mission had been to establish contacts at the international level.”

One of Zouaydi’s employees, a fellow Syrian named Ghasoub Al Abrash Ghalyoun, traveled to the US in 1997. During his trip, Ghalyoun made suspicious videos of the World Trade Center and other American landmarks. Ghalyoun would later claim that the videos were simply the work of an eager tourist. Spanish authorities, who tied Ghalyoun to Yarkas’ operations, had a different view.

In July 2002, after arresting Ghalyoun for a second time, Spanish police released a statement regarding the videos. “The style and duration of the recordings far exceed touristic curiosity,” the statement reads, according to an account by the Associated Press. “For example, two of the tapes are like a documentary study, with innumerable takes from all distances and angles of the Twin Towers in New York.”

In addition to the World Trade Center, Ghalyoun made recordings of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Sears Tower, and the Statue of Liberty, as well as theme parks. The Golden Gate Bridge’s “suspension pillar” was “given substantial attention,” according to the police statement.

Spanish investigators believed that Ghalyoun’s videos were delivered to senior al Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan. The allegation was contained in a Sept. 17, 2003 indictment detailing the layers of evidence amassed against Yarkas’ al Qaeda network.

“The Spanish indictment alleges that an al Qaeda courier was in Ghalyoun’s town in Spain shortly after the trip and that the courier probably delivered the tape to al Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan,” the 9/11 Commission reported.

According to the Spanish government, that courier was Bahaiah.

The story of Ghalyoun’s videos remains one of the enduring mysteries of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Spanish investigators became convinced that it was more likely than not that the videos were part of al Qaeda’s attack planning and that the Yarkas cell had supported the plot.

However, the 9/11 Commission concluded that the evidence was not strong enough to say that al Qaeda’s Spanish cell was directly involved in the attack. The commission came to this conclusion despite the fact that Yarkas apparently had some foreknowledge of the attack. In August 2001, Yarkas received a call from a fellow operative who said he had entered “the field of aviation” and would be “slitting the throat of the bird.”

In any event, the Spanish government amassed a wealth of evidence concerning Bahaiah’s al Qaeda role.

Close ally of prominent al Qaeda ideologue

Bahaiah was a close aide and ally to Mustafa Setmariam Nasar (a.k.a. Abu Musab al Suri), an influential al Qaeda ideologue whose work is regularly cited in jihadist literature, including al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s Inspire magazine. In his seminal work, The Global Islamic Resistance Call, Nasar describes Bahaiah as “my brother and friend, my companion throughout my life.”

Both Bahaiah and Nasar had been imprisoned in Bashar al Assad‘s Syria and were freed in the wake of the uprisings.*

In his biography of Nasar, Architect of Global Jihad: The Life of Al Qaeda Strategist Abu Musab al Suri, Brynjar Lia summarizes Bahaiah’s relationship with Nasar and the al Qaeda network in Europe.

As Lia also recounts, Bahaiah and Nasar had their disagreements with al Qaeda’s senior leadership, including Osama bin Laden, prior to Sept. 11, 2001. But this did not stop Bahaiah from serving as a trusted al Qaeda courier. And Nasar mended his own the relationship with bin Laden after 9/11. When Nasar was designated a global terrorist in 2004, the US State Department noted that “in the wake of the [9/11] attacks [Nasar] pledged loyalty to Osama Bin Laden as a member of al Qaeda.”

Nasar had his own ties to al Qaeda operatives throughout Europe. And his name surfaced as a suspect in both the Mar. 11, 2004 Madrid train bombings and the July 7, 2005 London bombings. While Nasar certainly had ties to the networks that executed those attacks, his specific ties to the plots, if any, are uncertain. Nasar previously denied any direct role.

While it is unknown what role Nasar plays today, Bahaiah is now Zawahiri’s man in the Levant.

Zawahiri’s main representative and mediator

Earlier this year, Zawahiri named Bahaiah as his chief representative to settle an ongoing leadership disagreement between al Qaeda’s two official branches.

The dispute erupted in April when Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, who heads the ISIS, tried to fold al Qaeda’s operations in Iraq and Syria into a single organization. Al Baghdadi’s attempt to make the Al Nusrah Front subordinate to his command was rejected by Abu Muhammad al Julani, who heads Al Nusrah.

Zawahiri’s ruling on the disagreement came in a letter that was authored in May and published by Al Jazeera in June.

In the letter, Zawahiri appoints Bahaiah as his mediator. Zawahiri describes Bahaiah as “the best of men we had known among the Mujahidin.” Zawahiri writes that Bahaiah has been empowered to make sure that his orders are carried out and to resolve “any dispute” between the two emirs “arising from the interpretation of this ruling.” If necessary, Bahaiah can “set up a Sharia justice court for giving a ruling on the case.”

Bahaiah’s role in Ahrar al Sham is not mentioned in Zawahiri’s letter. But US offficials say it helps to explain why Zawahiri thought that Bahaiah was well-positioned to settle the dispute. Ahrar al Sham’s leaders command a large and effective fighting force that has participated in key battles alongside al Qaeda’s two official branches.

To date, Bahaiah has not been able to end the leadership dispute. Ahrar al Sham and ISIS have had their own sometimes contentious disagreements as well.

US officials point out, however, that al Qaeda’s senior leadership was clever enough to place multiple bets within the Syrian insurgency.

In late November, Ahrar al Sham was one of several groups that announced the formation of a new Islamic Front, which has been billed as an Islamist or jihadist alternative to al Qaeda. But al Qaeda’s presence within Ahrar al Sham ensures that it maintains some degree of influence within the new coalition, the US officials point out.

Ahrar al Sham holds some of the Islamic Front’s key posts.
*Note: In April 2012, The Wall Street Journal reported that Nasar (Abu Musab al Suri) had been freed from prison. There are conflicting accounts about Nasar’s current status.

Syrian rebel leader was bin Laden’s courier, now Zawahiri’s representative – The Long War Journal.

 

فضيحة زوجة المخلوع مرسى وقناة الاناضول التركيه – زوجة مرسي تعترف بأنه جاسوس

علق الإعلامي “نصر القفاص” في برنامجه “مصر كل يوم”، على فضائية “المحور”، على حوار السيدة نجلاء محمود، زوجة الرئيس المعزول محمد مرسى، مع وكالة الأناضول التركية، ساردًا حديثها بالتفصيل مع الوكالة وما به من تصريحات مثيرة للدهشة

فقف

المعزول فى اميركا اثناء تجنيده

وقال القفاص إن زوجة الرئيس المعزول قالت في حوار لها مع الأناضول، إنها تملك بين أصابع يديها خزينة أسرار البيت الأبيض الأمريكي، وأن هيلاري كلينتون تخشى غضبها
وعن علاقتها بهيلاري كلينتون وزيرة الخارجية الأمريكية قالت زوجة المعزول مرسي، إن هناك روابط صداقة عائلية تربطها بهم، منذ سنوات طويلة، حيث أنهم عاشوا في الولايات المتحدة وتلقى أبنائها التعليم هناك، مؤكدة أن العلاقات توطدت أكثر حينما أصبح زوجها رئيسًا شرعيًا للبلاد
وعلق القفاص على تصريحاتها قائلًا: “هذا يثبت أن مرسى طول عمره عميل”
وأكدت زوجة مرسي أن اتصالاتهم لم تنقطع عن أمريكا، معترفة بوجود بيزنس مشترك بين الجماعة وأمريكا، قائلة أن هيلاري كيلنتون تعتمد عليهم في إنجاحها في الانتخابات القادمة، مضيفة: “كما فعلنا ذلك مرتين مسبقًا مع باراك أوباما”
وأوضحت أن علاقتها بميشيل أوباما طيبة ولكنها لم ترتقي لدرجة الصداقة، موضحة أنها من تقود الجهاد هي وزوجات فضليات من نساء الجماعة وبعضهن زوجات مختطفين من الجماعة
ووجهت زوجة المعزول رسالة لنساء قيادات الجماعة قائلة: “أقول لهن اصبرن على الحرمان من حقوقكن الشرعية لأن لكم عظيم الأجر ولو استشهد أزوجاكن سنزوجكن بمجرد انتهاء فترة العدة، وسننفق على أبنائكن”
وأشارت زوجة المعزول أن القوات المسلحة تخشى التعرض للنساء، واصفة إياهم بـ”سلطات الاحتلال”
وبسؤالها عن ضخامة أموال الجماعة قالت زوجة المعزول: “الجماعة في حالة حرب وجهاد ولنا الغنائم”، واستطرد القفاص معلقاً على قولها: “انتوا بتشتغلوا مع كفار قريش ولا إيه”
وقالت إن الجماعة تنفق بسخاء من أجل رفعة راية الإسلام، خاصة بمجرد تطبيق الحدود على الكافرين
وأضافت أن لديها إلمام بكل أدوات الحرب القديم منها والحديث، ولكنها ستحتفظ لنفسها بالتفاصيل لأن الحرب خدعة، مستطردة: “لن يهدأ بالي إلا بعد أن يعلق الخونة جميعهم علي المشانق”
وعلق القفاص على تصريحاتها تلك قائلًا: “يا جامد يا أم أحمد ده أنت بتتكلمي أحسن من جوزك”، مضيفًا أن مسيلمة الكذاب بجوارهم عبيط

بالفيديو.. زوجة المعزول: أملك بين أصابعي خزينة أسرار البيت الأبيض.

Egypt & Russia: Cold War Alliances Revived

2russia-biggest-deal-egypt.siEgyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy (R) and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov give a press conference on November 14, 2013 in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.U.S. support for the Muslim Brotherhood and the nuclear deal with Iran is propelling the Arab world into the arms of Russia. The Egyptian government, formerly a U.S. ally, will buy $2 billion in arms from Russia, signaling a strategic realignment in the Middle East that leaves Putin in control.

Egypt’s open embrace of Russia started immediately after the Obama Administration suspended some military aid to the Egyptian government in response to the overthrow of President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. While American aid continued unabated after the Islamists took over, it was cut after they were overthrown.

Support for America and President Obama in particular collapsed in Egypt in response. Only a single percent of Egyptians have confidence in the U.S. and three percent have confidence in Obama. The U.S. support for the Brotherhood has made it a casualty of the regional backlash against the Muslim Brotherhood.

Saudi Arabia is embarking on a similar course. Saudi officials now openly talk to reporters about how their country will be more independent in reaction to U.S. policy. Reports about the acquisition of Pakistani nuclear weapons are met with non-denials. The Saudis offered Russia a strategic alliance and major oil partnership if Putin abandons the Assad regime.

“We’ve seen several red lines put forward by the president [Obama], which went along and became pinkish as time grew, and eventually ended up completely white,” said Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former director of Saudi intelligence.

The Royal Family of Bahrain, a foe of Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood, feels the same way. Crown Prince al-Khalifa recently said, “America seems to suffer from schizophrenia when it deals with the Arab world.”

He compared the U.S. unfavorably to Russia; a shocking assessment considering Bahrain’s hostility to Putin.

“The Russians have proved that they are reliable friends,” he explained.

This trend didn’t start after the Arab Spring brought the Muslim Brotherhood to the forefront. It started shortly after President Obama took the oath of office. By June 2010, Egyptian and Jordanian officials were privately fretting about American diplomacy, specifically how the administration was reaching out to Syria.

“Only if you’re tough with America and adopt an anti-U.S. stance will the U.S. have a more flexible attitude and pay you,” an Egyptian official anonymously stated.

Similarly, a Jordanian official said the U.S. “sold out the Christians and Druze in Lebanon, sold out the Kurds in Iraq and abandoned the Hariri probe,” referring to the investigation into the assassination of Lebanon’s former Prime Minister. Syria, Iran and Hezbollah are widely thought to be the perpetrators.

It is mostly forgotten that the Iraqi government was confronting the Syrian regime (and therefore, Iran) back in 2009. The Iraqis were threatening retaliation for Syrian support of terrorism, releasing incriminating intelligence proving Syria’s complicity and trying to rally international support for a U.N. tribunal to prosecute terrorism-supporting Syrian officials.

When the Iraqi government asked for U.S. backing, the administration declared it would not get involved and that Iraq and Syria should solve their differences diplomatically. An Iraqi official claimed that the U.S. privately fought Iraq’s plans for a tribunal. Iraq is now in Iran’s orbit and is an ally of Bashar Assad.

This is great news for Vladimir Putin, who said in 2005 that “The collapse of the Soviet Union was the biggest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.”

“Today, Russia is returning to a number of regions lost during the 1990s,” Mikhail Margelov, chairman of Russia’s Foreign Affairs Committee, proudly stated when talking about the arms deal with Egypt.

Similar statements are coming from the Egyptian side.

“We want to give a new impetus to our relations and return them to the same high level that used to exist with the Soviet Union,” Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said.

The Middle East is now divided into three alliances.

The first alliance is Turkey, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Qatar and Tunisia. The Obama Administration is most favorable to this one, going so far as to use taxpayer money to spread Turkish and Qatari Islamism.

The second alliance is Iran, Hezbollah and Iraq. The administration is trying to build a better relationship with this bloc.

The third alliance is Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait. The Gulf country of Oman is trying to stay out of the confrontation with Iran. This bloc is the one most favorable to Israel and the one most vocally disappointed with U.S. policy.

The first two alliances are coming together against the third. Turkey and Iran want to achieve a ceasefire in Syria and their senior officials say they want to “join hands” to become the “backbone of regional stability.” Earlier this month, Hamas announced it resumed relations with Iran.

Russia is now in an ideal position where its friendship is craved by both sides in the Middle Eastern power struggle. Putin is the one with the options.  He can pick the Iranian/Turkish side, pick the Saudi/Egyptian side, or play them against each other to his benefit.

It’s an embarrassing moment in history when the Middle East would rather bring back the Soviet Union than rely on today’s United States.

Egypt & Russia: Cold War Alliances Revived | FrontPage Magazine.