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WASHINGTON – Apparently, the Muslim Brotherhood disrupts even Islamic nations.
Saudi Arabia, which has been providing the bulk of the financing to those trying to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, is distressed over the efforts by Turkey and Qatar to provide aid to the Muslim Brotherhood, according to report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
The Saudis oppose this move, since the Muslim Brotherhood opposes the Saudi monarchy, a development that is of less concern to Qatar which has shown vigorous support for the Brotherhood.
The schism from within the ranks of countries seeking al-Assad’s ouster was revealed recently when, sources say, Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was made aware that the al-Qaida-affiliated group, Jabhat al-Nusra, had prepared three car bombs to detonate inside Turkey, but said nothing.
Sources say that Turkish intelligence was aware of the plot.
According to these sources, Erdogan wanted to blame Syria for the explosions – in his ongoing effort to oust al-Assad. He also wanted to use it as a basis for possible intervention from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The three car bombs were detonated on May 11 in the Turkish town of Reyhanli not far from the Syrian border. The blasts killed 51 people.
For some time, Erdogen has been pushing a Muslim Brotherhood agenda and would like to see the Brotherhood take over in Syria.
After the election of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Muhammad Morsi as president of Egypt, Erdogen made an effort to meet with him and attempt to forge an alliance with him. At the same time, the Saudis were leery of Morsi’s election, concerned with the Brotherhood’s position of backing an Islamist caliphate to substitute for the monarchy in Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf Arab countries.
Now, the Saudi kingdom does not want to see the Brotherhood take over Syria.
It wants to see more of a Sunni Wahhabi takeover, along the same lines that al-Nusra has been pushing, which is why the Saudis have been financing and funneling arms to them.
While the Brotherhood similarly wants to set up a caliphate in Syria under Shariah law, the al-Qaida groups are under orders to stay out of the kingdom and promote their cause elsewhere. So far, that has worked.
The purpose of Riyadh financing al-Nusra and other Islamist jihadists ultimately is to maintain political influence in Syria and then into Lebanon once the Syrian civil war spills over there.
Now, however, the Saudis are concerned with Erdogen’s support for the Brotherhood and have begun to channel arms more through Jordan than Turkey, a development which may account for some of the recent defeats of the Syrian opposition along the Syrian-Lebanese border.
With little apparent faith in Ankara, the Saudis once again have turned to Washington to help organize the opposition.
Sources say that there appears to be a competition between the Saudis and Qataris as a result of their perspectives on the Brotherhood.
Turkey always has sided with Qatar while the Saudis have sided with Jordan and United Arab Emirates – all monarchies which are concerned about the rise of the Brotherhood in their respective countries.
Sources say that it was Qatar that coordinated the transfer of Yemeni jihadists into Syria after they reportedly were trained by U.S. Special Forces there.
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