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Report: Morsi to smuggle Al-Qaeda’s Zawahiri into Egypt

Report: Morsi to smuggle Al-Qaeda's Zawahiri into Egypt

According to a new report from the Arabic-language website Misr al-Gidida [translated for this story by the author], during Egyptian president Muhammad Morsi’s recent visit to Islamabad, Pakistan, he secretly met with Ayman Zawahiri, the leader of the terrorist organization al-Qaeda, and promised to smuggle the Egyptian-born jihadi back home. The Arabic report cites a Pakistani source saying that the meeting was clandestinely arranged, away from the delegation accompanying Morsi, and “facilitated by elements of Pakistani intelligence (ISI) and influential members of the international organization, the Muslim brotherhood.”

Morsi himself is a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood; Zawahiri is a former member who grew impatient with the Brotherhood’s tactics of non-violent patience and perseverance, eventually quitting the organization and joining the jihad, becoming its current leader. (See “Ayman Zawahiri and Egypt: A Trip through Time” for an expose on Zawahiri and his decades-long connections to Egypt, the Salafis, and the Muslim Brotherhood.)

The Pakistani source adds that “the meeting lasted 45 minutes, during which Egyptian president Muhammad Morsi promised to make preparations for Ayman Zawahiri to return soon to Egypt, indicating that some Muslim Brotherhood members would handle the operation, by first smuggling the al-Qaeda leader to a Gulf nation, likely Qatar, and then easily transferring him to Egypt—on condition that Zawahiri disappear lest he embarrass Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood with its American ally, whose security and intelligence agencies consider Zawahiri most wanted.”

Although this report cannot be independently verified, any number of indicators support its veracity. Among other things, the ever-vocal Salafi faction of Egypt, which all but venerates al-Qaeda, have been incessantly calling for Egypt’s native son Zawahiri—the “hero” who gave America a bloody nose via the strikes of 9/11—to return. Aboud al-Zomor, for instance, the Egyptian jihadi who was implicated for the assassination of Sadat but released after the ousting of Hosni Mubarak and who is now a leading member of the new Egyptian parliament—has called for the return of Zawahiri to Egypt, “with his head held high and in safety.”

Muslim Brotherhood leader President Morsi himself—who was also imprisoned and released during the “Arab Spring”—has already released any number of other jihadis, including some who were on death row in Egypt for the deaths and terrorism they committed. He is also trying to release the “Blind Sheikh”—an early mentor turned competitor of Zawahiri—from the U.S where he is currently serving a life sentence for his connection to the 1993 World Trade Center bombings.

The report further suggests that Zawahiri will likely disappear in the increasingly lawless Sinai, where al-Qaeda is already active under the leadership of Zawahiri’s brother, Muhammad Zawahiri—another jihadi who was imprisoned under Mubarak only to be released under Morsi. Interestingly, when asked in a recent interview with CNN if he is in touch with his al-Qaeda leader brother, Muhammad only smiled and responded, “of course not.” In retrospect, it appears the smile was based on the sheer naivety of the question.

Raymond Ibrahim, a Middle East and Islam specialist, is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum. Pre-Order his forthcoming book Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians

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  • psadie

    Well, isn’t that just great. Go ahead Obama, give the Muslim Brotherhood more of our millions so they can buy anything they want to destroy us!

  • Roger Sunderlin

    why smuggle him out obama gave enough of our childrens future tax money for him to fly back first class.

  • Dencal26

    If that happens Egypt becomes an enemy of the United States

  • globalcrap

    Where is our American F B I, C I A, Military,Congress,somebody please if you love America ,step up to the plate,and stop this madness.

  • DanB_Tiffin

    Certainly! I bet that after that, they would like us!

  • Fred Schneider

    Another friend of Obama’s probably. Since Barry just gave the MB 250 million and Abbas of Hamas 500 million , maybe he’ll give Al-Qaeda a few hundred million too and a medal. Barry doesn’t like his Muslim friends to feel left out .

  • Fred Schneider

    Not with Obama in office.

  • George Rice

    Somebody said it, it must be true!

  • Niniane

    I would say it is DRONE TIME for all of them…

  • bubba_shawn

    Egypt will have another military coup d’etat. The military is pro American and West Point educated.

  • Local_Ale

    Romney, McCain, Lindsey Graham all support this policy of working with radical jihadists including Al Qaeda when it comes to Syria.

  • Local_Ale

    Mitt Romney supported the policy of working with radical jihadists in the last election, and John McCain, Rubio, Graham (the Amnesty Trio) all support the same policy.

    I wouldn’t expect to hear much from Republicans.

  • Dustoff

    oops, sorry. You are SO right.

  • Bildo1

    It’s all falling into place for the ‘Bama and all of his America hating buddies.

  • Shyla James

    until I saw the bank draft saying $9009, I didnt believe that…my… brothers friend could actualy erning money in their spare time from there pretty old laptop.. there neighbour started doing this for only about 16 months and recently repayed the loans on their house and bourt a brand new Toyota. read more at, .

  • Altosackbuteer

    Flagged as spam.

  • Altosackbuteer

    And he uses each and every one of them with his wife, the lovely and talented widow of the heir to the Heinz 57 varieties of ketsup. But being the most successful gigolo in World History, the equally lovely and talened Liveshot Kerry is “up” to the task, in a manner of speaking.

  • Altosackbuteer

    And not only that; their military is also halfway rational and SANE.

  • daibutsu

    The author is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and he’s selling a new book on how islam is targeting Christians, too. Oy vey.

  • Michael Shreve

    WE give more money and arms to Israels’ enemies that to Israel, AND U.S. Jews support the policy.

  • Michael Shreve

    True, International Diplomacy IS another word for cop-out.

  • Michael Shreve

    That’s FOOD money.

  • Michael Shreve

    BUT outnumbered by jihadists.

  • Michael Shreve

    So is Charles Manson compared to a Jihadist.

  • Michael Shreve

    HOW??? do you verify a SECRET meeting? Leaks are what investigative journalism is SUPPOSED to be about.

  • cliff2008

    Another example of leading from his behind.

  • Dustoff


  • Altosackbuteer

    Do you DOUBT whether M00-slums are targeting Christians? I personally know Christian coptic refugees from Egypt who could tell you all that that.

  • 1Mojo_Risin9

    If this is true and I do believe it, it’s proof positive the Brotherhood and Morsi have absolutely no intention of co-existing with Israel and will only intensify until there’s an existential showdown!!! One side has to win this and it better not be Islam!!!

  • DBGS

    Quick! Someone tell Obama and Kerry! They may want to send another quick $250million, a few F-16′s and a few Abram M-1 Tanks to keep Morsi happy and ever so loyal to the America that just keeps on giving!

  • Turbo_lancer

    The photo is from a training session of insurance underwriters

  • BC1335

    “Because we have acted in the great liberating tradition of this nation, tens of millions have achieved their freedom. And as hope kindles hope, millions more will find it. By our efforts we have lit a fire as well, a fire in the minds of men. It warms those who feel its power; it burns those who fight its progress. And one day this untamed fire of freedom will reach the darkest corners of our world.” — George W. Bush, from his second inaugural speech. That was George W. Bush talking, not Barack Obama. Get it now?