Houthis Say Muslim Brotherhood In Yemen Cooperating With Al Qaeda; Important MB Leader In Yemen Was Close To Osama Bin Laden


Islamist media is reporting that the Shiite group in Yemen known as the Houthis has accused the Muslim Brotherhood of cooperating with Al Qaeda. According to a Middle East Monitor report:

March 11, 2015 The Houthi group in Yemen yesterday renewed their accusation that the Muslim Brotherhood is cooperating with Al-Qaeda, the Anadolu Agency reported.

Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi, the head of the group, said in a televised speech that Al-Islah Party, which represents the Brotherhood in Yemen, is involved with Al-Qaeda’s activities on the ground and in its media policy.

He also said that there is a joint coordination between field leaders from the Brotherhood and Al-Qaeda regarding fighting in the country.

In addition, he accused the Brotherhood of undermining the discussions and dialogue aimed at finding a solution to the ongoing impasse in the country. ‘In this regard, Al-Qaeda is carrying out attacks, killing and taking control of Yemeni cities, and the Muslim Brotherhood sustains it through its mass media,’ he said.

Anadolu was unable to obtain a comment from the Brotherhood.

Cooperation between Al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen does have historical precedent. The Al-Islah Party in Yemen is identified by an Israeli research center  as the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen and one of Al-Islah’s most important leaders leaders is Abdul Majeed al-Zindani.  The U.S. Treasury Department designated Zindani as a terrorist in 2004, describing him as a “loyalist” and “spiritual advisor” to Osama Bin Laden. 

GMBDW reporting on the conflict in Yemen has included:

  • The GMBDW reported in September 2014 in the takeover of the Yemeni capital Sana by Houthi militants
  • In November 2014, we discussed an article that looked at the losses suffered by the Muslim Brotherhood as a result of the Houthi offensive
  • In  December 2014, we reported that the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen had signed an agreement with Shiite Houthi militants to end the conflict between them.

For a report on the Houthis, go here.

Abdul Majeed al-Zindani
Abdul Majeed al-Zindani

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