The Muslim Brotherhood as a Supplement to the Pentagon and NATO’s Gladio

Thierry Meyssan

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In 1998, Saudi Osama bin Laden and his personal physician, the Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri, published the “World Islamic Front Against Jews and Crusaders”. This text was circulated by their London office, the Advice and Reformation Committee. Al-Zawahiri organized the assassination of President Sadat and then worked for the Sudanese secret services of Hassan al-Turabi and Omar al-Bashir. He now leads Al Qaeda.

5- Islamists taken in hand by the Pentagon

In the early 1990s, the Pentagon decided to incorporate the Islamists – which had previously depended solely on the CIA – into its activities. This is known as Operation Gladio B, in reference to NATO’s secret services in Europe (Gladio A[1]).

For a decade, all Islamist leaders – including Osama Bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawahiri – travelled on US Air Force aircraft. The United Kingdom, Turkey and Azerbaijan participated in the operation[2]. As a result, Islamists – who until now had been shadow fighters – were “publicly” integrated into NATO’s forces.

Saudi Arabia – both a state and private property of the Saudis – became the official company in charge of managing global Islamism. The King proclaimed a Basic Law in 1992, according to which “The State shall protect the Islamic faith and apply Sharia law. He imposes Good and fights Evil. He fulfils the duties of Islam. (…) The defence of Islamism, Islamic society and the Muslim homeland is the duty of every subject of the king”.

In 1993, Charles, the Prince of Wales, placed the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies under his patronage, while the head of the Saudi secret service, Prince Turki, took over as its director.

London became the nerve centre of Gladio B, so much so that we speak of “Londonistan”[3]. Under the umbrella of the World Islamic League, the Arab Muslim Brotherhood and the Pakistani Jamaat-i-Islami created many cultural and religious associations around the Finsbury Park Mosque. This system would make it possible to recruit many suicide bombers, from those who would attack the Russian school in Beslan to Richard Reid, the Shoe bomber. Londonistan was comprised mainly of numerous media, publishing houses, newspapers (Al-Hayat and Asharq Al-Awsat – both run by children of the current King Salmander of Arabia) and television channels (Prince Walid ben Talal’s MBC group broadcasts some 20 channels), which were not aimed at the Muslim diaspora in the United Kingdom, but are broadcast in the Arab world; the agreement between Islamists and Saudi Arabia having been extended to the United Kingdom – with complete freedom of action, but without interference in domestic politics. This group employed several thousand people and generated enormous amounts of money. It would remain publicly in place until the attacks of September 11, 2001, when it would become impossible for the British to continue to justify it.

Related imageAbu Musab “The Syrian” (here with Osama bin Laden) theorized in Islamic terms the “strategy of tension”. He has openly set up an agency in Madrid and London to oversee the attacks in Europe.

Abu Moussab “The Syrian” – a survivor of the aborted coup d’état of Hamah who became the liaison between Bin Laden and the Algerian Armed Islamic Group (GIA) – theorized the “decentralized jihad”. In his Appeal to Global Islamic Resistance, he set out in Islamic terms the well known doctrine of the “strategy of tension”. It was a question of provoking the authorities to induce a terrible repression that would lead the people to rise up against them. This theory had already been used by the CIA/NATO Gladio networks in manipulating the extreme European left in the 1970s and 1980s (Baader Gang, Red Brigades, Direct Action). Of course, there was no question of this strategy succeeding and the CIA/NATO knew that it had no chance of succeeding – it was never victorious anywhere – but it intended to use the repressive reaction of the State to place its men in power. “The Syrian” referred to Europe – and not the United States – as the next battlefield of the Islamists. He fled France after the 1995 attacks. Two years later, he created the Islamic Conflict Studies Bureau in Madrid and London, based on the Aginter Press model, which the CIA had created in Lisbon in the 1960s and 1970s. Both structures excelled in organizing false flag attacks (from the one attributed to the far left Piazza Fontana in 1969, to those attributed to Muslims in London in 2005).

Image result for Mahmoud Jibril el-WarfallyThe Muslim Brotherhood’s communication council, Mahmoud Jibril el-Warfally (left),trained Muslim leaders to use a democratic language. He reorganized Al-Jazeera, then became responsible for the establishment of US companies during the Gaddafi regime in Libya, and finally led the overthrow of the Gaddafi government.

At the same time, the Brothers developed a vast training program for pro-US Arab leaders. Libyan Mahmoud Jibril el-Warfally, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, taught them to use “politically correct” language. He trained emirs and generals from Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia (but also Singapore).  He trained emirs and generals from Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia (also Singapore). Combining public relations principles with the study of World Bank reports, the worst proponents were now able to discuss their democratic ideals as well as their deep respect for human rights with confidence and without mockery.

The war against Algeria was spreading to France. Jacques Chirac and his Minister of the Interior, Charles Pasqua, interrupted Paris’ support for the Muslim Brotherhood and even banned the books of Youssef Al-Qaradâwî (the Brotherhood’s preacher). For them, it was a matter of maintaining the French presence in the Maghreb, which the British wanted to eradicate. The Armed Islamic Group (GIA) took the passengers of the Air France Algiers/Paris flight (1994) hostage, detonated bombs in the RER and at various points in the capital (1995) and planned a massive attack – which would be foiled – during the World Cup (1998), including a plane crash into a nuclear power plant. Each time, suspects who manage to flee were granted asylum in Londonistan.

The war in Bosnia and Herzegovina began in 1992[4]. On instructions from Washington, the Pakistani Secret Service (ISI), still financially supported by Saudi Arabia, sent 90,000 men to participate against the Serbs (supported by Moscow). Osama bin Laden received a Bosnian diplomatic passport and became a military adviser to President Alija Izetbegovic, with Richard Perle (America) and Bernard-Henri Lévy (France) as diplomatic adviser and media advisor respectively. He formed the Arab Legion with veterans of Afghanistan and distributed funding from the World Islamic League. Whether through community reaction or in competition with Saudi Arabia, the Islamic Republic of Iran also supported the Muslims in Bosnia. Together with the Pentagon, it sent several hundred Revolutionary Guards and a unit of the Lebanese Hezbollah. Most importantly, it supplied most of the weapons used by the Bosnian army.

The Russian secret services, which penetrated Bin Laden’s camp, noted that the entire Arab Legion bureaucracy was based on English and that it received its orders directly from NATO. After the war, a Special International Tribunal was created. Although it prosecuted many fighters for war crimes, it did not prosecute any members of the Arab Legion.

Image result for Muhammad al-ZawahiriEgyptian Muhammad al-Zawahiri participated alongside his brother, Ayman (current head of Al Qaeda), in the assassination of President Sadat. He also participated alongside NATO in the wars in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. He commanded a unit of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).

After three years of calm, the war between Muslims and Orthodox resumed in former Yugoslavia, this time in Kosovo. The Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) consisted of mafia gangs trained in combat by the German Special Forces (KSK) at the Turkish base in Incirlik. Albanians and Muslim Yugoslavs belong to a Naqchbandie culture. Hakan Fidan, the future head of the Turkish secret service, is the liaison officer between NATO and Turkey. The former members of the Arab Legion joined the KLA, a brigade commanded by one of Ayman Al-Zawahiri’s brothers. It systematically destroyed Orthodox churches and monasteries and drove out Christians.

In 1995, resuming the tradition of political assassinations, Osama bin Laden tried to eliminate Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. He tried it again the following year against the Libyan Guide, Muammar Gaddafi. This second attack was financed to the tune of 100,000 pounds by the British secret services, which wanted to punish Libyan support for the Irish Resistance[5]. However, the operation failed. Several Libyan officers fled to the United Kingdom. Among them was Ramadan Abidi, whose son was charged years later, again by the British services, with carrying out an attack in Manchester. Libya transmited evidence to Interpol and issued the first international arrest warrant against Osama bin Laden, who still had a public relations office in Londonistan.

In 1998, the Arab Commission for Human Rights was founded in Paris. It was funded by the NED. Its president is the Tunisian Moncef Marzouki, and its spokesman is the Syrian Haytham Manna. Its objective was to defend Muslim Brotherhood members who were detained in various Arab countries because of their terrorist activities. Marzouki was a left-wing doctor who had been working with them for a long time and Manna, a writer who managed the placements of Hassan el-Tourabi and the Sudanese Brothers in Europe. When Manna retired, his partner remained the director of the association. He was replaced by the Algerian Rachid Mesli, who was his lawyer, and in particular Abassi Madani and the Algerian Brothers.

Image result for Necmettin Erbakan and Recep Tayyip ErdoganSpiritual son of Turkish Islamist Necmettin Erbakan (right), Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) led his secret action group, Millî Görüs. He organized the delivery of weapons to Chechnya and sheltered the main anti-Russian emirs in Istanbul.

In 1999 (after the Kosovo war and the Islamists’ takeover of Grozny), Zbigniew Brzezinski founded the American Committee for Peace in Chechnya with a cohort of neoconservatives. While the first Chechen war was an internal Russian affair in which some Islamists had interfered, the second was the creation of the Islamic Emirate of Ichkeria. Brzezinski, who had been preparing this operation for several years, was trying to replicate the Afghan experience. Chechen jihadists, such as Chamil Basayev, were not trained in Sudan by Bin Laden, but in Afghanistan by the Taliban. Throughout the war, they received “humanitarian” support from the Turkish Millî Görüs of Necmettin Erbakan and Recep Tayyip Erdogan and from the “IHH – Human Rights and Freedoms”. This latter Turkish association was created in Germany under the name of Internationale Humanitäre Hilfe (IHH).  Subsequently, these jihadists organized several major operations: against the Moscow Theatre (2002, 170 dead, 700 wounded), against a school in Beslan (2004, 385 dead, 783 wounded) and against the city of Nalchik (2005, 128 dead and 115 wounded). After the Beslan massacre and the death of the jihadist leader Chamil Bassaïev, Millî Görüs and the IHH organized a large funeral at the Fatih Mosque in Istanbul, without the body but with tens of thousands of people from militant groups.

Image result for the destruction of the United States Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on August 7, 1998,Presented as an “anti-American” attack, the destruction of the United States Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on August 7, 1998, left 85 injured and 11 dead… but no American victims.

During this period, three major attacks were attributed to al-Qaeda. However, as important as these operations were, they represented a setback for the Islamists who were integrated into NATO and were simultaneously reduced to the level of “anti-American” terrorists.

– In 1996, a truck bomb detonated an eight-storey tower in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, killing 19 US soldiers. First attributed to al-Qaeda, responsibility for the attack was shifted to Iran and then finally to no one.
– In 1998, two bombs exploded in front of U.S. embassies in Nairobi (Kenya) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), killing 298 Africans – but no Americans – and injuring more than 4,500 people. These attacks were claimed by a mysterious Islamic Army for the Liberation of Holy Places. According to the US authorities, they were allegedly committed by members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad in retaliation for the extradition of four of their members. Yet, the same authorities accused Osama bin Laden of being the sponsor and the FBI finally issued an international arrest warrant against him.
– In 2000, a suicide boat exploded against the hull of the destroyer USS Cole in the bay of Aden (Yemen). The attack was claimed by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQPA), but a US court will hold Sudan responsible.

These attacks occurred as collaboration between Washington and the Islamists continued. For example, Osama bin Laden maintained his office in Londonistan until 1999. Located in the Wembley district, the Advice and Reformation Committee (ARC) was established to disseminate Bin Laden’s statements and to cover Al Qaeda’s logistical activities, including recruitment, payments and equipment procurement. Among his collaborators in London were Saudi Khaled Al-Fawwaz, Egyptians Adel Abdel Bary and Ibrahim Eidarous, three men who are the subject of international arrest warrants, but have received political asylum in the United Kingdom. It was in perfect legality in London that Bin Laden’s office published in February 1998 his famous Appeal to Jihad against Jews and Crusaders. Bin Laden was seriously ill with kidney disease and was hospitalized in August 2001 at the American Hospital in Dubai. A Gulf Head of State confirmed to me that he had visited him in his room where his security was provided by the CIA.

6- The merger of the two ” Gladios ” and the preparation of Daesh

With the same logic, the Bush administration blamed the Islamists for the massive attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001 in the United States. The official version was imperative, although it included countless inconsistencies. The Secretary of Justice assured that planes had been hijacked by Islamists, even though according to the airlines, none of the suspects had been on board. The Department of Defense would publish a video in which Bin Laden claimed responsibility for the attacks, even though he had publicly rejected them and facial and speech recognition experts claimed that the man in the video was not Bin Laden. In any case, these events served as a pretext in Washington and London to launch the “Endless War” and attack their former allies, the Taliban in Afghanistan, and Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.

Image result for military hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.On 11 September 2001, Osama bin Laden was in no condition to lead any terrorist operation. He was dying on dialysis at the military hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Although he suffered from chronic renal failure, Osama bin Laden died of Marfan syndrome on 15 December 2001. An MI6 representative attended his funeral in Afghanistan. Subsequently, several more or less similar doubles kept his legend alive, one of which was himself murdered by Omar Sheikh in 2005, according to Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhuto.

In August 2002, MI6 organized a conference of the Muslim Brotherhood in London on the theme “Syria for All”. The speakers elaborated on the idea that Syria would be oppressed by the Alawite sect and that only the Muslim Brotherhood would offer true freedom.

After Sayyed Qutb and Abu Moussab “The Syrian”, the Islamists had a new strategist, Abu Bakr Naji. In 2004, this character, who seemed never to have existed, published a book on the Internet, The Management of Barbarity, a Theory of Chaos[6]. Although some people thought they recognized the style of an Egyptian author, this book was written in English, then enriched with superfluous Qur’anic quotations and translated into Arabic. “Barbarity” in the title of the book did not refer to the use of terror, but to the return to the state of nature before civilization created the state. It referred to sending Humanity back to the moment when “Man is a wolf for man”.

The strategy of chaos consisted of three phases:

– First, to demoralize and exhaust the State by attacking it on its least protected flanks. Secondary targets would therefore be chosen, often of no interest, but easy to destroy and disperse. It would appear to be a generalized uprising, a revolution.
– Second, once the state had withdrawn from the suburbs and countryside, it would conquer certain areas and administer them. Sharia law would be used to mark the transition to a new state. During this period, alliances would be forged with all those who opposed the government and who would not hesitate to be armed. At that point, there would be a war.
– Thirdly, to proclaim the Islamic State.

This treaty was based on contemporary military science. It attaches great importance to psychological operations, including the use of spectacular violence. In practice, this strategy had nothing to do with a revolution, but with the conquest of a country by external powers, because it required massive investment. As always in subversive literature, the most interesting thing is what was not said or only referred to incidentally:

– the preparation of populations to receive jihadists required the prior construction of a network of mosques and social works, as was done in Algeria before the “civil” war;
– the first military operations required weapons that would have to be imported beforehand. Above all, afterward, jihadists would have no way of obtaining weapons, let alone ammunition. They would have to be supported from the outside;
– the administration of conquered areas required pre-trained senior officials, such as those of regular armies responsible for “state reconstruction”;
– finally, the positional war required the construction of extensive infrastructures that would require a significant number of materials, engineers and architects.

In practice, the fact that the Islamists claimed to be using this book attests to their intention to continue to play a military role on behalf of external powers, but this time on a very large scale.

In 2006, the British asked Emir Hamad of Qatar to place his pan-Arab television channel, Al-Jazeera, in the service of the Muslim Brotherhood[7]. Libyan Mahmoud Jibril, who trained the royal family to speak in democratic language, was in charge of introducing his Brothers step by step into the chain and creating channels in foreign languages (English, and later Bosniac and Turkish), as well as a channel for children. Preacher Youssef Al-Qaradâwî became Al-Jazeera’s “religious advisor”. Of course, the channel would broadcast and validate the audio or video recordings of “Osama Bin Laden”.

At the same time, US troops in Iraq were facing a widespread uprising. After being devastated by the suddenness and brutality of the invasion (“shock and awe” technique), the Iraqis organized their resistance. The American ambassador in Baghdad, then director of national intelligence, John Negroponte, proposed defeating them by dividing them and turning their anger against themselves, that is, turning the Resistance to the occupation into a civil war. An expert in secret operations, he participated in Operation Phoenix in Vietnam, then organized the civil war in El Salvador and Iran-Contras in Nicaragua, which led to the collapse of the rebellion in Chiapas, Mexico. Negroponte called one of the men he had relied on in El Salvador, Colonel James Steele. He entrusted him with the task of creating Iraqi Shiite militias against the Sunnis and Sunnis against the Shiites. As for the Sunni militia, Steele uses the Islamists. From al-Qaeda in Iraq, he armed a tribal coalition, the Islamic Emirate in Iraq (future Daesh), under the cover of the Special Police (“Wolf Brigade”). To terrify the victims and their families, he trained the Emirate for torture using the methods of the School of Americas and the Political Warfare Cadres Academy of Taiwan, where he taught. Within a few months, a new horror descended on the Iraqis and divided them according to their religious affiliation. Subsequently, when General David Petraeus assumed command of U.S. troops in the country, he appointed Colonel James H. Coffman to work with Steele and report to him on the operation, while Brett H. McGurk reported directly to the President. The main leaders of the Islamic Emirate were recruited at the Bucca internment camp, but were conditioned at Abu Ghraib prison using the “brainwashing” techniques of Professors Albert D. Biderman and Martin Seligman[8]. Everything was supervised from Washington by the Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, to whom Steele reported directly.

In 2007, Washington informed the Brotherhood that it would overthrow the secular regimes of the broader Middle East, including those of Allied states, and that it must be prepared to exercise power. The CIA organized alliances between the Brothers and lay personalities or parties from all the States of the region. At the same time, it linked the two branches of Gladio by forging links between Western Nazi groups and Eastern Islamist groups.

These alliances were often flawed, for example at the “National Conference of the Libyan Opposition” in London, where the Brothers only managed to unite the Islamic Group fighting in Libya (Al Qaeda in Libya) and the Wahhabi Brotherhood in Senousia around themselves. The programmatic platform proposed to restore the monarchy and make Islam the state religion. More compelling was the formation of the National Salvation Front in Berlin, which formalized the union of the Brothers and the former Syrian Baathist Vice-President Abdel Halim Khaddam.

Yarosh steps down from Right Sector leadership / Photo from UNIANDmytro Iarosh attended the Congress of the Anti-Imperialist Front in Ternopol (2007). He was to join the Nazis of Gladio A and the Islamists of Gladio B, and then became Deputy Secretary of the National Security Council of Ukraine after the “colour revolution” of EuroMaidan (2014).

On May 8, 2007, in Ternopol (western Ukraine), Nazi and Islamist groups created an anti-imperialist Front to fight Russia. Organisations from Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine and Russia participated, including Islamist separatists from Crimea, Odyssey, Dagestan, Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachayevo-Cherkessia, Ossetia, Chechnya. Unable to visit because of international sanctions against him, Doku Oumarov – who abolished the Chechen Republic and proclaimed the Islamic Emirate of Itchkeria – had his contribution read out. The Front was chaired by Nazi Dmytro Iarosh, who would become Deputy Secretary of the National Security Council of Ukraine during the Kiev coup d’état in February 2014.

In Lebanon, in May/June 2007, the national army undertook the siege of the Palestinian camp of Nahr el-Bared, after members of Fatah el-Islam had withdrawn there. The fighting lasted 32 days and cost the lives of 76 soldiers, about 30 of whom were beheaded.

Image result for El Mehdi El Hamid El Hamdi known as "Mahdi Al-Harati",The Turkish-Irish El Mehdi El Hamid El Hamdi known as “Mahdi Al-Harati”, a CIA agent present in the Freedom Flotilla, kisses President Erdogan who came to visit him in the hospital. He later became number 2 in the Free Syrian Army.

In 2010, the Brotherhood organized the Freedom Flotilla through the IHH. This was officially to defy the Israeli embargo and provide humanitarian aid to Gazans[9]. In reality, the first ship of this fleet changed its flag during the crossing and continued under the Turkish colours. Many spies were involved in the expedition’s peaceful activists, including an Irish CIA agent, Mahdi Al-Harati. Falling into the trap set by the United States, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu attacked the ships in international waters, killing 10 people and injuring 54. The world condemned this act of piracy under the sneering eye of the White House. Israel, which provided weapons to jihadists in Afghanistan and supported the creation of Hamas against Yasser Arafat’s PLO, turned against Islamists in 2008 and bombed them and the Gazan population. Netanyahu was thus paying for Operation Cast Lead, which he conducted with Saudi Arabia against the advice of the White House. Ultimately, the passengers of the Flotilla were liberated by Israel. The Turkish press then showed Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visiting Mahdi Al-Harati in hospital.


[1] NATO’s secret armies : operation Gladio and terrorism in Western Europe, Daniele Ganser, Foreword by Dr. John Prados, Frank Cass/Routledge (2005). Version française : Les armées secrètes de l’Otan, Demi-Lune (2017).

[2] Classified Woman : The Sibel Edmonds Story : A Memoir, Sibel Edmonds (2012).

[3] Londonistan, Melanie Phillips, Encounter Books (2006).

[4] Wie der Dschihad nach Europa kam, Jürgen Elsässer, NP Verlag (2005) ; version française : Comment le Djihad est arrivé en Europe, préface de Jean-Pierre Chevénement, Xenia (2006). Intelligence and the war in Bosnia 1992-1995 : The role of the intelligence and security services, Nederlands Instituut voor Oologsdocumentatie (2010). Al-Qaida’s Jihad in Europe : The Afghan-Bosnian Network, Evan Kohlmann, Berg (2011).

[5] « David Shayler : « J’ai quitté les services secrets britanniques lorsque le MI6 a décidé de financer des associés d’Oussama Ben Laden » », Réseau Voltaire, 18 novembre 2005.

[6] The Management of Savagery : The Most Critical Stage Through Which the Umma Will Pass, Abu Bakr Naji, Harvard University (2006). Version française : Gestion de la barbarie, éd de Paris (2007).

[7] « Wadah Khanfar, Al-Jazeera et le triomphe de la propagande télévisuelle », par Thierry Meyssan, Réseau Voltaire, 23 septembre 2011.

[8] « Le secret de Guantánamo », par Thierry Meyssan, Оdnako (Russie) , Réseau Voltaire, 28 octobre 2009.

[9] « Flottille de la liberté : le détail que Netanyahu ignorait », par Thierry Meyssan, Réseau Voltaire, 6 juin 2010.