‘Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS Are Connected’

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Ali Kamal, a former ISIS fighter in Libya (Photo: video screenshot)

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A former ISIS fighter confirmed the links between the brutal terror group Islamic State and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.  Ali Kamal, young man from Egypt, joined ISIS in Libya. He spent two years with the group between 2012 and 2013 before escaping and fleeing back to his native country.

In an extensive interview on an Egyptian satellite TV channel, Kamal spoke about his experiences with ISIS.

He related that Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) sent $100,000 to Egypt to lure new recruits to fight for the terror group. Once recruited, they would be shipped off to Syria through Turkey to fight for ISIS there. The money was sent through private individuals (who often delivered it with their own cars) as well as money changers that belonged to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Kamal noted the close relationship between ISIS jihadis and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. For example, when word got out that the Egyptian authorities wanted to arrest prominent Muslim Brotherhood preacher and political agent Safwat Hegazi, ISIS fighters tried to help Hegazi escape Egypt.

Hegazi was eventually tracked down, identified (despite being disguised) and arrested on the Egyptian-Libyan border.

Sheikh Salam, the “emir” of ISIS’ Abusalim Battalion that controlled the eastern Libyan port city of Darna, was personally waiting for Hegazi on the Libyan side of the border.

Kamal added that Hegazi was responsible for transferring weapons from Libya to the jihadis in Syria.

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Ran Meir

Ran Meir is Clarion Project's Arab affairs analyst and a Shillman Fellow. He can be reached at [email protected]

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