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Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi and Islamic State in Sinai

by Oui Sat Feb 17th, 2024 at 05:46:54 PM EST

Triggered by a "revelation" @TikunOlam I disagreed with, I took time to do some research in history of Hamas caught between PA, Israel, ISIS terror and Egypt's struggle with terror in the Sinai. Through the years I had written a lot on these topics.

A historical summary of events as I understood them at the time. Part of Obama-Biden-HRC foreign policy on the Middle East was an extended hand to Erdogan and the Muslim Brotherhood. I never quite understood this choice as it undermined relations with the Arab Gulf states which had banned the Brotherhood due to extreme terror activities in their country after the Muslim Brotherhood was ousted under a reformist government of Gamal Nasser  of Egypt.

Egypt balances politics and policy | The National UAE - 1 Aug. 2012 |

Egypt's new cabinet, whenever it is announced, will need to be a mix of politicians and technocrats if the government of Mohammed Morsi is to be effective.

If there is one characteristic that defines Egypt today, it is frustration. One month after the inauguration of a new president, the economy is still flagging, workers' salaries go unpaid and basic services such as electricity and water remain sporadic.

Tomorrow's unveiling of cabinet ministers, if it proceeds as planned, has been anxiously awaited. Cairo's next administration will be crucial in shaping Egypt's moribund economy and fragile stability. At the same time, failure to forge an inclusive mix of politicians will lead to just more wrangling. President Mohammed Morsi needs a team of politicians that keep the parties happy, as well as technocrats to actually get things done.

Egyptians have expressed little confidence that a new cabinet will strike that balance. On Saturday, a group of pro-democracy advocates, the National Front Alliance, accused Mr Morsi of creating "a clouded political scene". The criticism was especially significant because the alliance's members include secularists and moderate Islamists, blocs that are critical to the government's fortunes.

Mr Morsi's selection of an untested former water minister, Hesham Kandil, as prime minister last week underscored the difficulty. Does Egypt need technocrats or political heavyweights? Forging a new political order in a post-Mubarak Egypt must consider that experienced leaders will probably have been, at some point, tied to the old order. But one only needs to recall the disaster of Iraq's de-Baathification to understand that excluding every member of the old regime would be folly.

Backlash Muslim Brotherhood and Kerry's Role in Peace Talks | by Oui - July 30th, 2013 |

... Original post @ Booman's Pond

Recent developments are a major blow to the Muslim Brotherhood in the region. The 2nd revolution and the overthrow of MB in Egypt, the link and support of MB for Hamas leadership in Gaza, emir of Qatar abdicates throne to son Shaikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Saudi monarch King Abdullah regains upperhand in GCC states and downgrading foreign policy role of Erdogan in Turkey. May John Kerry take advantage of these developments in the difficult task mediating the IP peace talks.

Gulf News – Al Qaradawi role in Tamim’s Qatar sparks debate

Read my recent diaries:

  • Qatar Fail in Arab Spring and Loss to Saudi Diplomacy
  • Obama Administration Backed Muslim Brotherhood
  • MB Axis Egypt – Turkey – Qatar Faces Defeat

Top News: Egypt Government Takes Shape, ElBaradei Sworn in as Vice President | Atlantic Council - 15 July 2013 |

Former director of the UN's nuclear agency Mohamed ElBaradei was sworn in as vice president of international relations on Sunday before Egyptian interim President Adly Mansour at presidency headquarters in Cairo. Egypt's new prime minister is putting the finishing touches on a cabinet that he says will be finalized by mid-week. 


Egypt government takes shape, ElBaradei sworn in as vice president

Former director of the UN's nuclear agency Mohamed ElBaradei was sworn in as vice president of international relations on Sunday before Egyptian interim President Adly Mansour at presidency headquarters in Cairo. Egypt's new prime minister is putting the finishing touches on a cabinet that he says will be finalized by mid-week. Hazem el-Beblawi said on Saturday that the new administration will be made up of thirty members, as well as two deputies for economic and security affairs, according to MENA state news agency. Some current ministers will maintain their posts in the new cabinet, he said. Hisham Zaazou was appointed as tourism minister, a position he had filled from 2012 to 2013. Beblawi named another liberal economist, Ahmed Galal as finance minister. However, government sources also told Reuters that Beblawi will offer the finance ministry to Hany Kadry Dimian, formerly the official who oversaw Egypt's negotiations for a rescue with the International Monetary Fund. Former ambassador to the United States, Nabil Fahmy, accepted the post of foreign minister, after Egypt's current Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr decided not to continue in his post.

Post-Morsy Egypt forging government of technocrats | CNN News - 15 July 2013 |

Egypt's new temporary government began to take shape on Sunday, with reformer and Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei sworn in as the country's interim vice president for foreign relations.

Nabil Fahmy, former Egyptian ambassador to the United States, accepted the post of foreign minister, he told CNN.

Ahmed Galal, a liberal economist educated in the United States and a World Bank veteran, has been appointed as finance minister, and Hisham Zaazou will retain his post as tourism minister, the state-run MENA news agency said.

These are key first steps in establishing a civilian governance, after the military overthrew President Mohammed Morsy in a coup early this month.


Sinai: Tipping Point or Pretext for Ouster? | Middle East Institute - 12 Sept. 2013 |
by Sahar Aziz

Much of the analysis on the causes for the military's ouster of Mohamed Morsi focuses on the Muslim Brotherhood's performance, or lack thereof, in domestic affairs. Glaringly absent, however, is an examination of the preeminence of Sinai in the military's decision to intervene in otherwise civilian political disputes between the burgeoning liberal parties and the veteran Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist allies.

While Morsi made many mistakes to provoke a disillusioned and increasingly impoverished population to challenge his legitimacy, the rapidly deteriorating security situation in Sinai was a major impetus for his expedited ouster after merely one year in office. Morsi's refusal to employ heavy-handed tactics to stop the increasing flow of arms and militants into Sinai, as well as to avenge the deaths of soldiers, expanded his detractors to include the Egyptian military. With the tacit support of their wary Israeli and American military counterparts, the Egyptian armed forces took matters into their own hands to preserve their financial and military interests in the status quo.

The lawlessness in Sinai, which increased exponentially after the 2011 revolution under the rule of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and then Morsi, brought to the forefront Morsi's shift in foreign policy and national security--a shift that left the United States and its key regional ally, Israel, concerned with their geopolitical interests in the region, thereby placing pressure on their primary interlocutor, the Egyptian military, to intervene. As the Morsi regime's relations with Hamas strengthened, smuggling of goods and weapons from Sinai to Gaza intensified. Along with arms came militants from abroad with various political objectives ranging from staging attacks on Israel[4] to attacking Egyptian armed forces as part of their efforts to establish an Islamic state in Sinai.

The disastrous economic circumstances drove the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip into the hands of more extreme jihadists and the Islamic State, an offshoot of ISIS or ISIL rooted in Iraq and Syria (the Levant).

Gaza Jihadists undermine Egypt-Hamas cooperation | Atlantic Council - 22 Sept. 2017 |
by Ahmed Salam

Even the most pessimistic political leaders in Hamas could not have foreseen the repercussions of the involvement of Gazan Salafi jihadists in an Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh) operation targeting an Egyptian security checkpoint at al-Barth (south of Rafah in Sinai) on July 7, 2017. The timing is critical because Hamas-Egyptian relations are experiencing an unprecedented breakthrough by trying to enforce stricter procedures to control the borders with Egypt and has arrested dozens of pro-Islamic State Palestinians in Gaza. Additionally, Hamas responded positively to Egyptian efforts towards achieving national reconciliation with the Fattah movement. Furthermore, Hamas announced the dissolution of the administrative committee that it had formed to administer Gaza strip. It also stated its readiness to formulate a national unity government.  

The disclosure of Gazan-ISIS operatives killed in the operation provided a golden opportunity for those trying to question Hamas's intentions and undermine the credibility of its efforts to secure the Egyptian borders. Moreover, it strengthened the Israeli claim that Hamas has strong ties with ISIS' so-called Sinai Province, or Wilayat Sinai. To show its friendship to Egypt, Hamas erected mourning tents for the deceased Egyptian soldiers, published their pictures around key squares, denounced the attack, and emphasized its commitment to the promises it made previously in a series of meetings in Cairo.

The participation of Gazan Jihadists in the operation against the al-Barth checkpoint was no surprise. This lies in the fact that they escaped from the Gaza Strip and enrolled in ISIS just two months prior to the operation on May 1, 2017, according to a source in the Internal Security Agency in the Gaza Administration. This fact reinforces the premise that ISIS deliberately sent Palestinian fighters, despite being fresh recruits, to thwart rapprochement efforts between Egypt and Hamas that would consequently threaten its existence in Sinai.

Wilayat Sinai tried to put pressure on Hamas to foil any agreement with the Egyptian government. They strangled Hamas's economy by closing the underground tunnels that  constitute a lifeline for besieged Gaza. Additionally, ISIS instructed the Sinai Bedouin smugglers in December 2016 to stop trafficking any goods into Gaza Strip, threatening to punish violators. In an unprecedented move, ISIS published pictures on its media outlets of Gazan Jihadists and former al-Qassam Brigade fighters (IDQB) who recently joined ISIS or who were killed in action fighting on its side. This politically embarrassed Hamas at a time when it was trying to improve its relations with Egypt and demonstrate its commitment to securing the borders, going after pro-ISIS jihadists in Gaza and trying to prevent their infiltration into Sinai.

Warning: read at your own risk The Henry Jackson Society in London ...

Egypt, Hamas and Islamic State's Sinai Province | HJS by Tom Wilson - 2016 |

Hamas, the Islamic State, and the Gaza-Sinai Crucible | Middle East Analysis - 12 Jan. 2016 |

Hamas's economic predicament drives it to maintain ties with jihadi groups in Sinai even as it seeks to crack down on jihadi cells within Gaza.

The rise of the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria and Iraq further complicates the seemingly contradictory relationships among Hamas and Salafi-jihadi groups in the Gaza Strip and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. While the historically tense and often openly antagonistic relationship between Hamas and Gaza-based Salafi-jihadi groups is well known, several Israeli news articles over the past month have claimed that Hamas is in fact working with IS-linked factions in Sinai to bring weapons into Gaza and carry out attacks against Egyptian security forces. These reports are largely an over-simplification of the situation, which is contextualized by the political and economic realities in the strip.

After Hamas took over the strip in 2007, Gaza faced international isolation and dire restrictions on the inflow and outflow of goods and people. Gaza's relationship with neighboring Egyptian Sinai deepened as the latter became its only access to the outside world. The informal tunnel economy soon became essential to keep the strip and its economy afloat, while providing the Hamas government "tax" revenue and the group's military wing, the Qassam Brigades, a channel for both arms and cash. 

The tunnels also established extensive economic relations along the Sinai-Gaza border. Egypt's impoverished North Sinai governorate became a boomtown for traders in everything from consumer goods to medical supplies, construction materials, and fuel. Meanwhile, Bedouin smugglers and criminal arms dealers collaborated to send increasingly sophisticated weapons to Hamas--key militant leaders in Sinai, whatever ideology they claim to support, have financial interest in the perpetuation of this underground economy. 

Egypt has conducted an extensive crackdown on the Gaza-Sinai informal economy and tunnel system--since an August 2012 border attack, but especially following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. In addition to its decision essentially to seal the Gaza-Sinai border, this has only added pressure to both the humanitarian situation in Gaza and the Hamas government. Recent public opinion polls show that the overall level of satisfaction with conditions in the strip stands at 15 percent.

Israel's declaration Hamas is ISIS


Tikun Olam ran with this article ... I didn't buy into this Israel narrative and did above research to prove the point ... Ahmed Salam is director of London based SFHR and has a history writing for the Atlantic Council ... there is no information on the donors or  a state funding for this NGO exposing "human rights abuse" by the military regime of Sisi in Caïro.

BREAKING: Egypt Agrees to Ethnically-Cleanse Gaza Refugees, Builds New Camp | Tikun Olam - 14 Feb. 2024 |

Betraying Gazans, it caves to Israel and US, accepting refugees fleeing IDF invasion

Read my comments @TikunOlam

Not coincidental ... first visit in 12 years by Erdoğan in Cairo ... time passed sinds Sisi's coup d'état to stop the Muslim Brotherhood with political support from Saudi Arabia. The Obama administration was taken by surprise. Türkiye and Arab States were (dis)united in the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad. Today united against Israel by the atrocities committed against Palestinians on occupied land.


One of six directors, or board members, associated with SFHR, based in London UK is Mohamed Soltan (Arabic: محمد سلطان, born 16 November 1987), an Egyptian American human rights advocate and former political prisoner in Egypt.


The originally sourced SFHR article (rather “story”) has a discrepancy in the Arabic version and the English version used by Richard Silverstein is headlined:

Egypt to create a gated high-security area in the reception of Palestinian refugees from Gaza

The Sinai Foundation obtained information through a relevant source that indicates that the construction work currently taking place in eastern Sinai, is intended to create a high-security gated and isolated area near the borders with Gaza strip, in preparation for the reception of Palestinian refugees in the case of the mass exodus of the citizens of Gaza Strip.

I’m aware google translation is far from perfect, but the SFHR article is followed up by WSJ writing and later Reuters covered the item. The Israeli tabloid i24 stays away from disinformation and gives a political shout-out. Arabic version:

The Egyptian authorities are beginning to build a security buffer zone surrounded by walls to receive the Palestinians of Gaza.

The Sinai Foundation obtained information from a relevant source stating that the construction work currently underway in eastern Sinai is to create an isolated security zone with the border with the Gaza Strip, with the aim of receiving refugees from Gaza in the event of a mass exodus of residents of the Gaza Strip.

Video coverage by France24 Arabic – source SFHR ☹

Breaking: Egypt has flatly denied these claims by western media …

Egypt denies building shelters for Palestinians, stresses rejection to any displacement attempt | Anadolu Agency |

Wall Street Journal says Egypt building enclosure near Rafah that could house more than 100,000 Palestinians who may flee Israeli attack on Rafah

Original publication in Arabic – Aawsat

مصر تنفي إقامة منطقة على حدود غزة يمكن استخدامها لإيواء لاجئين فلسطينيين


Egypt's preparedness for the possible influx of refugees from Gaza and possible reactions | i24 - 16 Feb. 2024 |

Egypt is preparing to receive Palestinian refugees: construction of an area close to the Gaza border and official statements clarifying precautionary measures

According to a Reuters news agency report issued today (Friday), Egypt intends to prepare an area near the Gaza Strip border to receive Palestinians in the event of an influx of refugees as a result of a possible Israeli military operation in the Rafah area.

According to one source, there is optimism in Egypt that talks aimed at achieving a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas may be able to prevent a refugee influx scenario from occurring as a result of a potential military operation, but the move by Egypt in building the complex is considered a precautionary measure. The Wall Street Journal reported last night that the Egyptian authorities are building a complex in the Sinai desert capable of accommodating more than 100,000 refugees. Egyptian officials indicated that Egypt will work hard to reduce the number of refugees to the smallest possible number.

Today, the Washington Post newspaper showed satellite images taken days apart, one on February 5 and the other on February 14, which clearly shows the evacuation of areas near the border with the Gaza Strip. An Egyptian official confirmed in response that Egypt has full sovereignty over its territory, but as a result of the Israeli action in Rafah, thousands of refugees have entered Egypt, and therefore they will not become targets for Egyptian soldiers, and therefore Egypt is acting in a calculated manner and preparing for all eventualities.

The Governor of North Sinai denied on behalf of Egypt that they had established a security zone in preparation for the possibility of a mass escape from Rafah to Sinai in the event that the Israeli army carried out a ground maneuv. The governor explained that in Egypt there is the Rafah crossing, which was subjected to a siege, and houses were demolished due to the war in the region, which shows the sensitivity of the situation and its possible repercussions.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 17th, 2024 at 08:46:36 PM EST
Video coverage by France24 Arabic - source SFHR ☹

Egypt has begun preparing a fenced camp in the Sinai Peninsula in anticipation of the possibility of receiving Palestinian refugees from the Gaza Strip, which is besieged and bombed relentlessly by Israel, according to an American media report. The article published by the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, in which it relied on statements by Egyptian officials and security analysts, comes after a human rights organization said that Egypt is preparing to "create an isolated security zone" in anticipation of the possibility of receiving Palestinian refugees.
#Walled_area #Egypt #Gaza

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 17th, 2024 at 08:47:12 PM EST
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Egypt constructs an isolated gated area to host possible Gazan exodus | MEMO - deleted? | [cached version]

February 17, 2024 at 4:02 pm

Footage emerging from Rafah city in Sinai shows the construction works levelling the ground and creating a gated area on the borders with Gaza in fear of mass exodus of Palestinian refugees from Gaza. Initial information suggests an area of 21 square km has been cleared of the rubble of the houses of the indigenous people of Rafah, who were displaced their houses demolished during the Egyptian war against terrorism. 7-meter-high cement walls are being built to surround the highly-secured construction site. While observers see such preparations as a sign of a possible displacement of the Palestinians from Gaza into Egypt, Egyptian authorities are asserting that these precautions are standard procedures in the protection of Egyptian sovereignty.

On its YouTube website, MEMO still has the SFHR video as disinformation ... how a single unverified source can entertain corporate media within a day or two 😡

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Feb 18th, 2024 at 04:14:56 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 17th, 2024 at 08:48:30 PM EST
Colman was spot-on in 2005 - Neocons Sighted on the Thames

The Henry Jackson Society and the Degeneration of British Neo-conservatism | MEMO - 11 June 2015 |

The Henry Jackson Society and the degeneration of British neoconservatism: Liberal interventionism, Islamophobia and the 'War on Terror'

The new report is sponsored by the Cordoba Foundation, a London-based research and advocacy group promoting religious and cultural understanding. It exposes the Henry Jackson Society's activities in pushing for liberal interventionism abroad, spreading Islamophobia and its stalwart support for the "war on terror".


The first part of the report sketches the political context and ideological roots that gave rise to the non-profit organisation back in 2005. The report portrays the organisation as a fluid movement capable of taking advantage of political ebbs and flows to further its own narrow agenda. It then takes us through the Cambridge Movement from 2004-2007 during which the HJS emerged as a leading institutional expression of British neo-conservatism, a novel creation of British intellectuals who shared the same concerns as the original American neo-conservatives in the face of an emerging popular anti-war movement in Britain.

Its flexibility is highlighted further in part three, in which the authors examines the internal coup followed by a sharp turn away from the pro-European style Atlanticism associated with its founders, such as the academic and historian Brendan Simms, towards a position more in line with the dominant Euro-scepticism of the British right.

It was during this period that the society aligned itself distinctly with illiberal anti-Muslim groups and figures like Daniel Pipes and Frank Gaffney, who worked previously under Richard Pearl. As the Henry Jackson Society's Zionist credentials were strengthened, many of its founders were replaced by key people from Just Journalism, a pro-Israel media watchdog.

The society entered a new phase after 2011. It purged some of its less xenophobic staff members and merged with the Centre for Social Cohesion (CSC); the latter's director, Douglas Murray, joined the Henry Jackson Society as an associate director. Its lurch to the right and metamorphosis into a leading proponent of Israel and vilifier of Islam was complete. The society consolidated itself ideologically, matured as an organisation and relocated to Milbank Tower, a building known for housing high-profile political organisations, including the Conservative Party.

Financially secure and ideologically confident, the HJS began to have noticeable influence in Westminster through all-party parliamentary groups: it operated as a secretariat for Homeland Security, for example, and Transatlantic and International Security. This is the subject of discussion in part five of the report, which goes on to detail the frenzied lobbying and lack of transparency in carrying out parliamentary affairs, including the organisation of briefings and seminars.

Part six provides an eye opener about the exponential growth in the group's funding levels which increased from a few thousand to over a million pounds. The sharp increase in donations in 2010 and 2011 appears to coincide with the period of the Henry Jackson Society's controversial merger with the CSC, a move that marked a definitive break with the more liberal aspirations of some of the society's early members.

An examination of known funding sources leads the authors to make two main conclusions. For a start, there has been a large overlap between the funders of the HJS and other pro-Israel groups in recent years. Secondly, the HJS's largest known donors include a number of prominent backers of the Conservative Party.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 17th, 2024 at 11:45:40 PM EST
Video of Egyptian President Nasser Mocking Mandatory Hijab Goes Viral | June 2017 |

The video captures part of a speech by the former Egyptian President in the 1950s where he spoke about meeting the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood.

"I met the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood and he sat with me and made his requests. What did he request?" says Nasser.

"The first thing he asked was to make wearing the hijab mandatory in Egypt, and demand that every woman walking in the street wear the scarf. Every woman walking!" says Nasser.

In response, the audience starts laughing before one audience member shouts out "Let him wear it!" to which Nasser smiles and laughs himself.

"[I told him] in my opinion," continued Nasser, "every person in their own house decides for themselves their rules."

How do you expect me to put the hijab on 10 million women on the street!

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 17th, 2024 at 11:50:23 PM EST
The Deep State Under JFK in 1963 | by Oui @BooMan on Jan 12, 2018 |

In 1963 Britain and Israel backed American intervention in Iraq, while other United States allies -- chiefly France and Germany -- resisted. But without significant opposition within the government, Kennedy, like President Bush today, pressed on. In Cairo, Damascus, Tehran and Baghdad, American agents marshaled opponents of the Iraqi regime. Washington set up a base of operations in Kuwait, intercepting Iraqi communications and radioing orders to rebels. The United States armed Kurdish insurgents. The C.I.A.'s "Health Alteration Committee," as it was tactfully called, sent Kassem a monogrammed, poisoned handkerchief, though the potentially lethal gift either failed to work or never reached its victim.

Then, on Feb. 8, 1963, the conspirators staged a coup in Baghdad. For a time the government held out, but eventually Kassem gave up, and after a swift trial was shot; his body was later shown on Baghdad television. Washington immediately befriended the successor regime. "Almost certainly a gain for our side," Robert Komer, a National Security Council aide, wrote to Kennedy the day of the takeover.

As its instrument the C.I.A. had chosen the authoritarian and anti-Communist Baath Party, in 1963 still a relatively small political faction influential in the Iraqi Army. According to the former Baathist leader Hani Fkaiki, among party members colluding with the C.I.A. in 1962 and 1963 was Saddam Hussein, then a 25-year-old who had fled to Cairo after taking part in a failed assassination of Kassem in 1958.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 17th, 2024 at 11:52:47 PM EST
Karim Qasim was an Iraqi military officer and nationalist who came to power when the Iraqi monarchy was overthrown during the 14 July Revolution. He ruled the country as the prime minister until his downfall and execution during the 1963 Ramadan Revolution.

Militarily, he participated in the suppression of the tribal disturbances in the Middle Euphrates region in 1935, in the Anglo-Iraqi War in May 1941 and the Barzani revolt in 1945. Qasim also served during the Iraqi military involvement in the Arab-Israeli War from May 1948 to June 1949.


Qasim soon withdrew Iraq from the pro-Western Baghdad Pact and established friendly relations with the Soviet Union. Iraq also abolished its treaty of mutual security and bilateral relations with the UK. Also, Iraq withdrew from the agreement with the United States that was signed by the monarchy during 1954 and 1955 regarding military, arms, and equipment. On 30 May 1959, the last of the British soldiers and military officers departed the al-Habbāniyya base in Iraq.[citation needed]

Qasim supported the Algerian and Palestinian struggles against France and Israel.[citation needed]

Fueling Middle East Conflicts--or Dousing the Flames | Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - 23 Oct. 2018 |

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Gaza: Israel's Unwinnable War | The Cairo Review - by Richard Silverstein |

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Influential Muslim Cleric Qaradawi Visits Gaza | Naharnet - 9 May, 2013 |

Influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi started his first visit to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, crossing into the Palestinian territory at Rafah, on the border with Egypt.

An Agence France Presse photographer said Egyptian-born Qaradawi, who is a citizen of Qatar and close to the Muslim Brotherhood, arrived in the territory shortly after 9:30 pm (1830 GMT).

He has said the aim of the three-day trip to Gaza is to "support its people and participate in lifting the (Israeli) blockade against them."

From the diaries @BooMan Progress Pond ...

Key word | Yusuf al-Qaradawi | and @EuroTrib | Yusuf al-Qaradawi |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 24th, 2024 at 01:36:27 PM EST
Emir Al Thani, Sultan Erdogan and HRC Foreign Policy of Revolutions | 16 Feb. 2016 |

Clinton also knocked Obama's famous non-interventionist doctrine:

"Great nations need organizing
principles ... 'Don't do stupid stuff'
is not an organizing principle,"

Clinton said.

As an interventionist hawk, Clinton later called for American ground forces in Syria.

The most stupid, insane arguments ever listed in any interview with Hillary Rodham Clinton, also known as HRC.

Hillary Clinton: 'Failure' to Help Syrian Rebels Led to the Rise of ISIS | The Atlantic by Jeffrey Goldberg |

Reference here @EuroTrib ...

Juan Cole avenges former IDF Corporal Jeffrey Goldberg | by shergald - 17 March 2010 |

Quite amazing ... for sure if Hillary hadn't lost the 2016 election, the illegal settlement on Syrian land would have been called: "Clinton Heights." What a missed opportunity for our progressive Democrats in US of A. Brrrr 🙁

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 24th, 2024 at 01:38:07 PM EST
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"The Obama Doctrine": The Atlantic's Exclusive Report on the U.S. President's Hardest Foreign Policy Decisions | 10 March 2016 |

In the April issue cover story, Obama says he's proud of not enforcing "red line" in Syria; rejects "the Washington playbook"; believes Middle East is unfixable, and Saudi Arabia needs to "share" the region with Iran; blames European "free riders" for mess of Libya; says Ukraine will always be vulnerable to Russian domination; and explains pivot to Asia and Latin America.

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