Jan
08

Kuwaiti MP Warns Of Muslim Brotherhood “Sleeper Cells”

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Gulf media is reporting on comments by a Kuwaiti MP warning of Muslim Brotherhood “sleeper cells.” According to a Gulf News report:

January 3, 2013  A Kuwaiti lawmaker has called upon the interior ministry to ensure that the country will not be used as a platform by Muslim Brotherhood sleeper cells. MP Abdullah Al Tamimi made the appeal days after authorities in the UAE said that they had uncovered an Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood cell recruiting members in the country and collecting sensitive military information. ‘We must be vigilant to ensure that we are immune to the threats of these cells,’ the lawmaker said. ‘Kuwait must not be turned into an open field for such cells, especially that we have a large community of Egyptians. They are our brothers, but we categorically reject all sleeping terror cells that might infiltrate the Kuwaiti society and state institutions,’ he said. Al Tamimi said that the arrest of three cells in the UAE meant that Kuwait was not immune to their presence in the country.”

post from last week reported that that the UAE had arrested 10 people described as the leadership of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in that country.

post from November 2012 reported on further comments by the Dubai police chief accusing the Muslim Brotherhood of creating unrest in the UAE. As noted in that post,  Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan also said that UAE Muslim Brotherhood members who had been arrested had met with Kuwaiti Brotherhood “mentors”  including Kuwaiti Brotherhood leader Tariq Al-Suwaidan. In March, a post reported that that Tariq Al-Suwaidan had added his voice to the conflict between the UAE and the Global Muslim Brotherhood by warning that if the UAE followed through on its threat to arrest Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi, “it would be a disaster” for the UAE.

A post from October reported on comments by the United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister in which he said that Gulf Arab countries should work together to stop the Muslim Brotherhood from undermining governments in the area. A post from late September reported that the Muslim Brotherhood in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had denied setting up an armed wing with the goal of seizing power. A post from late September reported on the trial in Abu Dhabi of what are described as “activists belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood” and who reportedly admitted that they have engaged in financial actives and communicated with “the international organisation of the Muslim Brotherhood and other bodies.” A post from April reported that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had detained six members of the local Muslim Brotherhood whose citizenship had been revoked on the basis of belonging to groups that fund terrorists. Earlier posts reported on allegations by the Dubai police chief that the Muslim Brotherhood is using social media to attack the UAE and his threat to arrest Qaradawi who criticized the UAE for revoking the visas of Syrians demonstrating against the regime in Damascus. Other posts have discussed comments by Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood leader Tariq Al-Suwaidan who appeared to threaten the UAE with “disaster” if Qaradawi was arrested.

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