Muslim Brotherhood Joins War in Syria
Israel may be faced with a choice of two evils if Assad falls: Al Qaeda or Muslim Brotherhood. Both groups have jumped into the war.
The fractious civil war in Syria has reinvigorated the country’s branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is supplying rebels with arms, according to the London Telegraph.
Arutz Sheva reported last week that the Muslim Brotherhood’s deputy leader vowed that Syria will become an Islamic state after the presumed fall of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Now, the Islamist terrorist political party, which won the elections in Egypt, is raising funds to arm Syrian rebels, who are fighting among themselves as well as against Assad.
The “Armed Men of the Muslim Brotherhood” has raised $40-50,000 to arm rebels who are not allied with the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the London newspaper stated.
The Muslim Brotherhood is exploiting a split between the Free Syrian Army, funded by Saudi Arabia, and the Syrian National Council, funded by Qatar and seen as close to the Islamist ideology and jihad trumpeted by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Israeli military officials have drawn up several scenarios of what will evolve in Syria. One is a fractured country, with Assad’s Alawite supporters ruling a small region and the rebels dominating the rest of the country. In the meantime, the IDF has deepened trenches and beefed up patrols aolng the border with the Golan Heights to prevent terrorist infiltrations.
The civil war has evolved into a race between terrorist groups trying to turn Syria into a new Islamist country, and Al Qaeda, which U.S. President Barack Obama has claimed is on the way to being destroyed.
Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, who succeeded assassinated leader Osama bin Laden, broadcast a videotape Saturday urging Muslim countries bordering Syria – Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey – to join the war against Assad’s “cancerous regime.”
Suicide bombings, likely carried out by Al Qaeda terrorists, have become more frequent in the raging war, which has claimed the lives of nearly 20,000 people in 18 months. Two suicide car bombers struck last week in Aleppo, where Assad has attacked rebels and civilians with aerial bombings.