EXCLUSIVE: Moroccan ex-Guantánamo Detainee Mohammed Mizouz Identified In Syria

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

So far I have identified two ex-Guantánamo detainees of Moroccan origin fighting in Syria under the banner of Harakat Sham al-Islam: namely, Abu Hamza al-Maghrebi (Mohammed al-‘Alami) and Abu Ahmad al-Muhajir (Ibrahim bin Shakaran). The latter is the leader of Harakat Sham al-Islam: a Moroccan-led mujahideen group operating primarily in Latakia and Aleppo governorates. The group recently played a role in the capture of al-Kindi hospital from regime forces alongside Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic Front.
Figure 1: Ibrahim bin Shakaran engages in outreach to children in Latakia village of Kafr Najah.

Now I have identified another Moroccan ex-Guantanamo detainee: Mohammed Mizouz, going under the alias of Abu al-Izz al-Muhajir. He appeared only many hours ago in a video where he makes a speech on the necessity for the unity of the mujahideen, appearing alongside fighters from both Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham and Jabhat al-Nusra in Latakia.
Figure 2: Screenshot of video of Abu al-Izz al-Muhajir’s speech. He is in the center under the Harakat Sham al-Islam flag with the Qur’an directly in front of him.

Besides being informed of the identity of Abu al-Izz al-Muhajir with Mohammed Mizouz by a Moroccan jihadi supporter, one should also note that we have other attestations to his appearance. Indeed, the identity is unmistakable.
Figure 3: Video of Mohammed Mizouz in March 2012 in Rabat, Morocco.

You can read more about Mohammed Mizouz here. Originally from Casablanca, he was transferred to Morocco after being released from Guantánamo on no charges.

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi is a Shillman-Ginsburg Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a student at Brasenose College, Oxford University. His website is http://www.aymennjawad.org. Email: aaj892@hotmail.com. Twitter: @ajaltamimi

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51. Uzair8 said:

An extremely worried shabeeha delegation rushed to Damascus for an urgent meeting with Assad. They left the capital reassured that steroid stockpiles were not part of the UN chemical weapons destruction process.

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January 1st, 2014, 1:16 pm


52. Uzair8 said:

Syria Op-Ed: Why Assad and Hezbollah Are in Trouble
December 30, 2013

written by Elias Frankel

Only a year ago, many Middle East experts were predicting the imminent demise of the Assad regime. In hindsight, those predictions were wildly unrealistic.

Or were they?


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January 1st, 2014, 1:39 pm


53. Alan said:

51. UZAIR8
Why do not you talk about the huge inventory of the various weapons of mass destruction owned by the State of Israel in the Middle East? Do you have a satisfying answer? I think that Mordechai Vanunu is more brave than you, without a doubt!!!


Get out of the predicament gives the experience, expertise and the intensity of valor!

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January 1st, 2014, 2:06 pm


54. Alan said:

Syria Insurgents are being Directed by NATO, Gulf Officers from a Secret Command HQ in Jordan

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January 1st, 2014, 4:03 pm


55. Alan said:

Jawad Al-Tamimi is broadcast at 20 Tweets on Twitter continuously! This reflects the nature of his work, such as conveyor belt and not as a researcher or student! Pathetic!

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January 1st, 2014, 4:17 pm


56. Andrew said:

Michel Kilo: It is time to take a stand


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January 1st, 2014, 9:17 pm


57. Alan said:

The Russian-Saudi Showdown at Sochi
……… / Putin warned Saudi Arabia of potentially severe consequences – suggesting military retaliation – if Bandar’s implied warning was followed up by actual terrorist attacks like the ones in Volvograd on Monday, killing more than 30 people./…
V.V.Putin : it is time for red card publication. Terrorism can be buried in his hometown.

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January 2nd, 2014, 6:46 am



curious to know if Matthew is banning email addresses or IP addresses as well.

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January 2nd, 2014, 3:24 pm


59. Tara said:

An explosion has taken place in Dahya today. Few were killed and many were wounded. HA should move out of residential areas and stop using human shield to protect its existence.

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January 2nd, 2014, 5:06 pm


60. Syrialover said:

UZAIR8 #52

Assad may still be managing to survive with the massive assistance of Iran and its militia groups. But he no longer prevails in the country he calls Syria and never will again.

Incidentally, the stinking disaster engineered by the Assad regime now has Shia foreign fighters allegedly outnumbering Sunni foreign fighters in Syria:


New slogan: “Assad AND his own personal brutal foreign extremists burn the country”

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January 2nd, 2014, 6:02 pm


61. Syrialover said:

ALAN you are on distraction overdrive! Anything but discuss what is happening in Syria.

So things are not going well there in your view – subject better avoided?

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January 2nd, 2014, 6:13 pm


62. Syrialover said:

Something is different here. Has ZOO taken early retirement, got a new role somewhere, or just taking a long happy Christmas holiday?

Either way, it’s hard on ALAN being left to do all the heavy lifting and distracting (plus all the spam thumbs up).

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January 2nd, 2014, 6:17 pm


63. Observer said:

I think this article from foreign policy is infinitely more accurate and scientific than any political pundit on Syria has ever said. Intervention no intervention right wrong legitimate illegitimate mumbo jumbo we read on this blog are nicely clarified by the following:

Very grim indeed. The best description is that of the DRC in Congo and its long civil war.

It is also clear that the regime is now acting fully as just another warlord and that the infighting is happening in both sides with difficulties between the regime and its supporters.

It is also clear that the war has now reached Lebanon and its Iraqisation is slowly evolving. As the traditional politicians end up unable to provide solutions the radicals take over just as the Mufti of Lebanon was heckled severely at the funeral of the young man killed at the Khashogi mosque and slogans for the election of Assir as Mufti were called in his presence; we have the extremist HA with its militant leader saying that its policies are essential for its existence and that at the expense of Lebanon if need be. Once again destroy the country to save the party; something the Baath did in both Syria and Iraq.

It is high time to stop banning on this blog it has become stale and to change the rules so that posts are not cut and paste but substantive arguments But it is essential to let everyone say whatever they want to say.

Happy New Year

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January 3rd, 2014, 9:13 am


64. Observer said:

Have fun

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January 3rd, 2014, 9:29 am


65. ghufran said:

Israel, Wahhabi militants and the GCC sheikhs are the real axis of evil. Majed almajed of KSA may provide evidence of deeper involvement of “the guided kingdom” in terrorism. I am afraid KSA ruling mafia will try to kill him or buy his release. On paper he is wanted by the Saudi police, in reality he is part of the ruling establishment in Sandy Arabia.
This is from The Telegraph:

Al-Qaeda leader held in Lebanon ‘raised funds for anti-Assad militants’:

Muhammad al-Majid, whose Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed a double suicide attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut last year, is believed to have been a key fundraiser for militants in Syria.

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January 3rd, 2014, 9:58 am


66. alan said:

Not bad if you feed this dish! Train may eventually have to replace Presenters TV !caricature in eye glasses

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January 3rd, 2014, 9:58 am


67. alan said:

After over a year of anti-Assad hype, lies, fiction peddled as truth, false flag events, manipulation of facts and photographic evidence, the west has gone suddenly silent on Syria. What is going on, and who or what is the west supporting? Those playing soccer with the heads of their victims?
who is responsible for these atrocities and upon what authority do the western powers, together with Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Qatar, intervene? Saddam al-Jamal, dead of the Eastern Front of the Free Syrian Army, has claimed that FSA representatives meet regularly with their peers from Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the USA, along with the Saudi Deputy Defence Minister Salman bin Sultan. Al-Jamal claims that a huge amount of money has been delivered to Syrian opposition forces by Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United States of America.

After reading these lines, perhaps those in charge of these countries should be held responsible for the actions of those they aid, abet, equip and finance

Terrorists in Syria play soccer with heads of civilians

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January 3rd, 2014, 10:19 am


68. elain said:

It was said previously, that the Syrian ground is nothing but a theater to collect all the terrorists from all over; perferrably the western world and also from eastern side and have them innhiliated in Syria.
Putin vows to do that in Russia! The USA is doing this on the Syrian ground, the only sad part that there are innocent people who are being the collectible damage and sometime the scape goat.
I am not against Obama having all this terrorists speeding up their journey to meet whores in the heaven but I am disgusted with the innocent people living situation.

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January 3rd, 2014, 11:17 am


70. alan said:

I hope that the international community, led by the Russian Federation in the Security Council to fulfill its obligations as a guarantor of peace in the world. to investigate a list of encourager, sponsor, trainer and exporter the terrorism in the region especially after that the terrorism has become a series of foreign policy of some countries in the Middle East

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January 3rd, 2014, 11:27 am


71. habib said:

45. Syrialover

I didn’t write #41.

In any case, the opposition’s/Saudists’s biggest problem in this conflict has been their own hubris and underestimating their enemies (as exemplified by the pompous propaganda by Syrialover and others, that never reflect facts on the ground).

That will be their downfall, no amount of dirty money and badly trained Salafists will change this.

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January 3rd, 2014, 4:25 pm


72. Uzair8 said:

I was reading a Salafi type forum yesterday and saw a lot of criticism and tough questions (theological, ideological etc) thrown at ISIS.

The one or two who tried to argue on behalf of ISIS really struggled.

Today the discussion has continued and it’s not looking good for ISIS.

People have questioned how the hell are they a ‘state’?

Also asking how they can proclaim a state without local consent?

Who gave them authority?

Their torture and killing of a rebel leader has been siezed on and ISIS defenders are struggling to make any defence.

It seems other rebel factions and protests are targeting ISIS and this could be the beginning of the end for them. I hope so anyway. Even heard they destroyed a Sufi shrine the other day.

The latest post on that forum from a user called Layth, who I believe is a moderator or admin says this (his previous comments in the recent discussion were pointing out how one ISIS critic talked most sense):

People are revolting against them. It seems that they have learned nothing from the past ten years, Allahul musta’aan.

[Al Jazeera link]


I post this as I’ve seen a tweet by Prof Landis to which Aboud responded. The tweet was about ISIS.


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January 3rd, 2014, 4:52 pm


73. Alan said:

Suleiman therefore is trying to “hoodwink” the people of Lebanon by signing a Faustian deal with twin forces that are supporting the demise of the rich mosaic of the Levant.

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January 3rd, 2014, 6:04 pm


74. Alan said:

” We bow our heads before the victims of the cruel terrorist attacks,” Putin said in the speech. ” We will continue fighting terrorists in a tough and relentless manner until they have been completely eliminated.”

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January 3rd, 2014, 6:36 pm


75. ghufran said:

The SNC decided not to attend Geneva2
قرر المجلس الوطني السوري اليوم الجمعة عدم المشاركة في اجتماع جنيف2 المزمع عقده في 22 يناير/كانون الثاني الحالي لمناقشة حل الأزمة السورية، وذلك في اجتماع عقدته أمانته العامة في مدينة إسطنبول التركية، وناقشت فيه موقف المجلس من المشاركة في الاجتماع المرتقب

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January 3rd, 2014, 8:28 pm


76. Sami said:

Map of Non-violence opposition inside Syria:

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January 3rd, 2014, 9:59 pm


77. Ghufran said:

A powerful description from al- Quran of people who behave at a lower level than animals when they fail to use the best gift of all : the human mind
قوله تعالى : أم تحسب أن أكثرهم يسمعون أو يعقلون إن هم إلا كالأنعام بل هم أضل سبيلا . أم ، في هذه الآية الكريمة هي المنقطعة وأشهر معانيها أنها جامعة بين معنى بل الإضرابية ، واستفهام الإنكار معا ، والإضراب المدلول عليه بها هنا إضراب انتقالي .
والمعنى : بل تحسب أن أكثرهم يسمعون أو يعقلون ، أي : لا تعتقد ذلك ولا تظنه ، فإنهم لا يسمعون الحق ولا يعقلونه ، أي : لا يدركونه بعقولهم : إن هم إلا كالأنعام ، أي : ما هم إلا كالأنعام ، التي هي الإبل والبقر والغنم في عدم سماع الحق وإدراكه ، بل هم أضل من الأنعام ، أي : أبعد عن فهم الحق وإدراكه .
[ ص: 60 ] وقوله تعالى في هذه الآية الكريمة : بل هم أضل سبيلا ، قال الزمخشري : فإن قلت : كيف جعلوا أضل من الأنعام ؟
قلت : لأن الأنعام تنقاد لأربابها التي تعلفها وتتعهدها ، وتعرف من يحسن إليها ممن يسيء إليها ، وتطلب ما ينفعها ، وتجتنب ما يضرها ، وتهتدي لمراعيها ومشاربها ، وهؤلاء لا ينقادون لربهم ولا يعرفون إحسانه إليهم من إسارة الشيطان الذي هو عدوهم ، ولا يطلبون الثواب الذي هو أعظم المنافع ، ولا يتقون العقاب الذي هو أشد المضار والمهالك ، ولا يهتدون للحق الذي هو المشرع الهني والعذب الروي ، اه منه .
وإذا علمت ما دلت عليه هذه الآية الكريمة ، فاعلم أن الله بينه في غير الموضع ، ; كقوله تعالى في سورة ” الأعراف ” : ولقد ذرأنا لجهنم كثيرا من الجن والإنس لهم قلوب لا يفقهون بها ولهم أعين لا يبصرون بها ولهم آذان لا يسمعون بها أولئك كالأنعام بل هم أضل أولئك هم الغافلون [ 7 179 ]
in that sense, Wahhabi Islam should be classified as psychosis with violent tendency which makes affected victims a danger to themselves and others, however, Wahhabi psychosis is untreatable.

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January 4th, 2014, 12:12 am


78. alan said:

what causes and what they have instead?

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January 4th, 2014, 5:08 am


79. Observer said:

Nice video today

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January 4th, 2014, 8:04 am


80. alan said:

why Saudi Arabia in its fight for the interests with Iran destroys Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, etc. .. ? time will come when KSA will pay!

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January 4th, 2014, 8:24 am


81. alan said:

*Nice video today*
visit the vegetable base, or village Friday trade Fair and there are more political elite orators for SC!

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January 4th, 2014, 8:38 am


82. Tara said:


Thank you for the link.

Long live the Palestinians! They could have sold out the People of Syria easily. They did not! They chose aerial bombardment, arrest, torture and starvation than to post pictures of Batta.

And that we shall never forget.

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January 4th, 2014, 9:38 am


83. Uzair8 said:

#71 Uzair8

‘The latest post on that forum from a user called Layth, who I believe is a moderator or admin..’


I don’t think he’s a mod/admin. I mixed him up with someone else.

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January 4th, 2014, 11:03 am


84. ghufran said:

I posted a piece on Majed Almajed the Saudi terrorist who was captured in Lebanon and was the head of a terrorist group that was involved in terror acts in Lebanon and Syria and I was worried that KSA may buy his release or even get him killed, and now this:
افادت الوكالة الوطنية للاعلام بانزعيم كتائب عبد الله العزام الارهابي ماجد الماجد قد توفي منذ بعض الوقت، اثر تدهور حالته الصحية، بعدما تم القبض عليه منذ ايام من قبل مخابرات الجيش اللبناني.
كما اكد مفوض الحكومة لدى المحكمة العسكرية القاضي صقر صقر ان زعيم عبد الله عزام ماجد الماجد توفي اليوم اثر تدهور حالته الصحية .
clearly, majed knew too much and he had to die.
On a positive note, Barzeh may now be ready to follow Muaddamiyyeh’s steps after rebels agreed to give their weapons in return for amnesty, I hope to hear good news that will give the good people of Barzeh a break in a day or two.
on your question about the SNC’s decision not to attend Geneva2, we need to remember that the SNC was never an independent national body, it is an extension of the MB which has decided to use violence in Syria, Egypt, Libya and other countries, those thugs do not have the word “compromise” in their dictionary.

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January 4th, 2014, 11:08 am


85. Uzair8 said:

Jad Bantha ‏@JadBantha 5h
#FSA takes over all ISIS bases in Maaert Numan and detain all their fighters #Idlib #Syria

Abdul ‏@al_7aleem 15h
Lol @ ISIS fans calling out IF and FSA leaders as “Shabiha”. Hahhaha.

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January 4th, 2014, 11:16 am


86. Juergen said:

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January 4th, 2014, 11:50 am


87. Sharialover said:

ناقش:: جلد أحد المتخلفين عن صلاة الجمعة في حي السكري حلب +18

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January 4th, 2014, 1:41 pm



Here you go, what a fraud

George Galloway paid £80k for joining ‘pro-Syria’ TV channel

Galloway, who once described President Assad’s regime as “the last bastion of Arab dignity”, has started presenting a fortnightly show, A Free Word, for the Beirut-based broadcaster al-Mayadeen.

According to the Register of Members’ Interests, Galloway will earn £3,000 an episode – or a yearly income of £78,000 – on top of his MP’s salary. The TV station will also cover the cost of regular trips to Lebanon to pre-record the programme.

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January 4th, 2014, 1:41 pm


89. ghufran said:

ISIS is under attack according to multiple sources:

قتل العشرات من عناصر “داعش” ومناصريهم خلال اشتباكات عنيفة جرت مع المعارضة السورية المسلحة في ريفي حلب وادلب شمال سوريا، حسبما افاد “المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان”، فيما اعلن “جيش المجاهدين” الحرب على “داعش” في سوريا.

وذكر مدير المرصد السوري رامي عبد الرحمن لوكالة فرانس برس ان ” 36 عنصرا من الدولة الاسلامية في العراق والشام ومناصريها قتلوا خلال اشتباكات جرت مع مقاتلي المعارضة السورية في ريف حلب الغربي وريف ادلب الغربي الشمالي”، مشيرا إلىالمعارضة المسلحة تمكنت من اسر ما لا يقل عن 100 من عناصر “داعش” خلال الاشتباكات المستمرة منذ فجر يوم امس الجمعة في المنطقة.
هذا اعلن “جيش المجاهدين” الذي تم تشكيله مؤخرا، الحرب على ما يسمى بـ”الدولة الإسلامية في العراق والشام” (داعش) التابعة لتنظيم القاعدة.
وذكر الاتحاد الذي يضم ثماني كتائب مسلحة “اسلامية وغير اسلامية” في بيان نشر الجمعة على موقع فيسبوك للتواصل الاجتماعي “نعلن نحن جيش المجاهدين الدفاع عن انفسنا وعرضنا ومالنا وارضنا، وقتال تنظيم دولة الاسلام في العراق والشام الباغي على حكم الله”.
واعلن الاتحاد الحرب على التنظيم “حتى اعلانه حل نفسه او الانخراط في صفوف التشكيلات العسكرية الاخرى او تركهم اسلحتهم والخروج من سوريا”.
واتهم الاتحاد في بيانه التنظيم “بالإفساد في الأرض ونشر الفتن وزعزعة الأمن والاستقرار في المناطق المحررة”، كما اتهم التنظيم بالقيام بعمليات سرقة وسطو وبطرد المدنيين من منازلهم “وخطفهم للقادة العسكريين والإعلاميين وقتلهم وتعذيبهم في أقبية سجونهم”.
The question is how the Assad regime will respond to calls for a power sharing agreement and an Assad-free Syria when all eyes are on Islamist terrorists and rebels are on the retreat. I think that a large segment of the opposition signed their own political death certificate when they chose to copy the regime’s violent methods and allowed foreign jihadists to desecrate Syria’s hospitable and beautiful land.

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January 4th, 2014, 1:43 pm


90. alan said:

Opposition Chaos Escalates in Syria

Syrian opposition groups attacked one another on both the battlefield and social media as a seething animosity that had been building for months burst wide open, further complicating the nearly three-year war to unseat the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. The conflict between rebels like the Islamic Front, a recent coalition of seven rebel groups, and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a more hard-line Al Qaeda affiliate, has escalated this week after the torture and death of a rebel Syrian doctor near Aleppo.
And the opposition groups are blaming the ISIS for his death.


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January 4th, 2014, 1:59 pm


91. alan said:

Are those thugs do not have the word “compromise” in their dictionary?

Obama administration has six “Brothers” , who managed two years to change U.S. policy and transform America ” in the largest and most important sponsor,” the Muslim Brotherhood ” .”
The administration work following representatives ” Muslim Brotherhood ” :

Arif Alikhan , Assistant Secretary of U.S. Homeland Security . Alikhan – one of the founders of the Islamic World , which the magazine called ” subsidiary ” Brotherhood ” .” Alikhan allegedly responsible for the ” Arab direction ” in the administration and the direct contact between the U.S. and the ” Arab Spring .”

Elibiari Mohammed , a member of the Advisory Council on National Security . Eliabari – known admirer of the founder of modern Muslim fundamentalist Sayyid Qutb , hanged by the Egyptians in 1966. The magazine claims that Eliabari ” merges ” secret database of the Ministry of National Security Islamists. Eliabari too – one of the creators of Counter-Terrorism Strategy Obama. Eliabari allegedly wrote that Obama’s speech , in which the U.S. president demanded the resignation of Hosni Mubarak.

Rashid Hussain, U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference . He has extensive ties with Muslim fundamentalist organizations in the United States . It is known that he participated in the American Muslim Council , who led a convicted terrorist financing Abdulrahman Alamoudi .

Salam al- Marayati , founder of the Muslim Council of Public Relations (MPAK). Al- Marayati – one of the most influential American Muslims . According to the magazine , it is closely connected with the ” Muslim Brotherhood .”

Imam Mohamed Magid , head of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). ISNA established members of the ” Brotherhood ” . In 2011, Obama appointed Majid Ministry of National Security Adviser . He also alleged the FBI and is an advisor to the State Department.

Eboo Patel , a member of the Presidential Council of Religious Cooperation. Patel – each Hani Ramadan , grandson of the founder of the ” Brotherhood ” Hassan al – Bana and a member of the Association of Muslim students that magazine calls ” large organization ” Brotherhood ” .”

The first reports in the Arab press that the U.S. and Islamists agreed , appeared in November 2011. More information can be found in the article ” Frankfurt Pact .”

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January 4th, 2014, 2:10 pm


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