Islamist media is citing Turkish media sources in reporting that the “Muslim Brotherhood” has issued a statement rejecting foreign intervention in the Middle East. Without identifying the Brotherhood branch who made the statement, the Middle East Monitor report says the Brotherhood has rejected foreign intervention on the basis that is is a “new attempt to divide the Middle East”:
The Muslim Brotherhood has rejected foreign intervention in the Middle East under the pretext of confronting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, saying the intervention is nothing but ‘a new attempt to divide the Middle East’, Anadolu news agency reported.
The agency cited a statement issued by the Muslim Brotherhood on Tuesday saying: ‘A large number of regional extremist organisations have recently emerged possessing advanced weapons and huge sums of money to attract young enthusiastic Muslims who lack sufficient knowledge about Islam. These organisations exercise extremism, cruelty and brutality in the name of Islam, not only distorting the image of Islam, but also giving its enemies a pretext for a new intervention in Islamic countries to sabotage and kill its people.’
The statement noted that: ‘This is what has happened after the emergence of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, which defeated two armies with such power and seized swathes of territory and cities in the two countries while killing its opponents without mercy.’
It continued: ‘Now the US calls for an international alliance to fight this organisation after Secretary of State John Kerry met in Jeddah with nine Arab countries, as well as Turkey, to confront this serious terrorist threat, all the while we the people of the region do not even know who stands behind it and who supports it.’
The Muslim Brotherhood warned of a ‘fierce war where Muslims fight each other, with thousands of victims falling and huge sums of money wasted, creating new divisions in the region.’
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The GMBDW reported earlier this week on Twitter comments by Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi in which he also rejected US intervention on the basis that “the US follows its own interests, not Islamic values. “