al-Zawahri’s brother reportedly arrested in Egypt

posted at 1:01 pm on August 17, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

I suppose this is a fitting follow-up to our discussion this morning about Egypt looking at simply dissolving the Muslim Brotherhood as an NGO in their country. NBC News is reporting, with others offering confirmation, that the younger brother of Al Qaeda honcho Ayman al-Zawahri, Mohammed, a leader of the MB in that country, has been arrested by the Egyptian police.

The brother of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has been arrested by police in Egypt, security sources said Saturday.

Mohammed al-Zawahri, the younger brother of the terror network leader, was detained at a checkpoint in the Cairo suburb of Giza, the sources said.

He has been a vocal supporter of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement and the more extreme group to which he belongs, Al Gama’a Al Islamiya.

The arrest of the younger al-Zawahri came as more than 1,000 Brotherhood supporters and others opposed to the military’s overthrow of Islamist Morsi were detained Friday as mass protests turned violent.

I’ll say one thing for the Egyptian army and the current administration; they don’t seem to demonstrate any fear of the MB. Of course, the hornet’s nest had already been fairly well stirred up, particularly after al-Zawahri’s MB partner, Mohammed Badie, recently saw his son killed during a confrontation with authorities. The army has been essentially turning on the water hoses – if not the flame throwers – on MB protesters and looking for all the world like they plan to crush this revolt. Given their history, it’s probably not a bad bet. The military is recognized as a much more trusted entity of authority than the police or even the government by Egypt’s citizens.

One possible explanation for that might be that the Army hasn’t tried to turn any of these upheavals into a permanent military state under some sort of Generalissimo for Life. In a rather ironic twist, by largely staying out of the business of government and all the messy things that entails, the military has gained the trust of the people to run the government, at least on a limited term basis. This situation can’t remain in flux forever, though, or the most stable, powerful nation in the region will turn into a failed state. But I’ll still be hoping they can manage it without dragging the US into it.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Unleash the anti-American native backbiters.

Capitalist Hog on August 17, 2013 at 1:04 PM

If this is a good thing, Obama will somehow take credit for it.

The Rogue Tomato on August 17, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Arab Spring?

myiq2xu on August 17, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Send him to his virgins, after a short trial.

Plus, son of MB leader killed.

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Unleash the anti-American native backbiters.

Capitalist Hog on August 17, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Why are you sympathetic to the scum terrorists?

Why do you hate America?

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Yes. The poster a.k.a. “The Race Card” always has.

kingsjester on August 17, 2013 at 1:16 PM

This situation can’t remain in flux forever, though, or the most stable, powerful nation in the region will turn into a failed state.

More stable or powerful than the KSA?

Or Israel, for that matter…

JohnGalt23 on August 17, 2013 at 1:17 PM

The Race Card was banned…for racism.

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2013 at 1:17 PM

The old Catch and Release Program

faraway on August 17, 2013 at 1:24 PM

No virgins for Ayman al-Zawahri, Mohammed, unless he’s already raped those in Egypt.

DannoJyd on August 17, 2013 at 1:26 PM

The witch who lies as good as obama.

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Arresting Mohammed al-Zawahri now was a mistake. They should have waited until they had banned the MB, declared it a terrorist organization, defined it as an enemy of the state. Then they could have just shot him on sight.

Dusty on August 17, 2013 at 1:42 PM

This means less than nothing. There are millions more just like him.

echosyst on August 17, 2013 at 1:43 PM

If this is a good thing, Obama will somehow take credit for it.

The Rogue Tomato on August 17, 2013 at 1:08 PM

More likely, Teh SCOAMT will demand the brother’s release.

Steve Eggleston on August 17, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Isn’t this the guy that instigated the protest against the US embassy in Cairo that produced those stupid tweets from the embassy staff?

Mark1971 on August 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Looting

Blake on August 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM

From the DM link above:

Refuge: The siblings, who are on holiday in Egypt, sought refuge in the mosque after 80 people were killed during violent clashes between supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi and the security forces in Cairo yesterday

Yes, who doesn’t vacation in the middle of a a civil war. LOL

Blake on August 17, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Dusty on August 17, 2013 at 1:42 PM

They’re not a democracy. They can do whatever they want, just like the MB…which the ‘illustrious’ obama/Hillary and all their idiotic fools around here declared “a democracy”.

Teh-heh, the ‘Arab Spring’ blossoms, apace.

obama set it abloom, with his Cairo speech.

Has there ever been a more stupid leader of the world?

Wake up world, he is not who you thought he was. He loves his brotherhood and himself. That’s all he ever cares for.

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Looting

Blake on August 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Always a ‘perfect’ sign of ‘advanced’ societies…

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2013 at 1:51 PM

God, Allah, your choice, whoever – bless the Egyptian military for doing what should have been done generations ago.

As Kingjester said – The Brotherhood is body of the hydra. If this civil war is what it takes to course correct the damn region, then it’s about time.

Zawahiri’s brother should have been whacked by Mubarak after he helped kill Sadat. But this guy is only alive because we’ve tried the Kissinger policies for too damn long.

Too many innocent people have been killed or had their lives ruined due to this cult.

budfox on August 17, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Wake up world, he is not who you thought he was. He loves his brotherhood and himself. That’s all he ever cares for.

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2013 at 1:50 PM

But not in that order.

Liam on August 17, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Sow.

Bmore on August 17, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Lord of the Flies

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Prison break in 3..2..1….

DamnCat on August 17, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Cry me a River

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2013 at 2:14 PM

I wonder how many detained are from Iran?

ninjacoastie on August 17, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Unleash the anti-American native backbiters.

Low-IQ Bleu State Jerked Porky on August 17, 2013 at 1:04 PM

‘What,” Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani was asked, “is [Islam’s] judgment on sodomy and lesbianism?”

“Forbidden,” he curtly pronounced. “Those involved in the act should be punished. In fact, sodomites should be killed in the worst manner possible.”

So what does Barack Obama have to say about that?

Cynically mounting his high horse last week in the cozy confines of Jay Leno’s late-night TV comedy program — a venue popular with his ill-informed admirers, one where hypocrisy won’t be noticed, much less challenged — the president declaimed, “I have no patience for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgender persons in ways that intimidate or are harmful to them.”

Why do you hate America?

(Starts another sundial)

Del Dolemonte on August 17, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Unleash the anti-American native backbiters.

Capitalist Hog on August 17, 2013 at 1:04 PM

I believe everyone here would gladly pitch in to fly you to Egypt.

AllahsNippleHair on August 17, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Unleash the anti-American native backbiters.

Capitalist Hog on August 17, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Gay—or Left?

Resist We Much on August 17, 2013 at 2:26 PM

I’ll say one thing for the Egyptian army and the current administration; they don’t seem to demonstrate any fear of the MB.

They don’t seem to demonstrate any fear of the Obama administration either. They’ve refused to take dozens of phone calls from Obama, Kerry and others. They just don’t care nor are they afraid of the eunuchs in DC.

#SmartPowerFail

Resist We Much on August 17, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Looting

Blake on August 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM

If Obama had a son…

txhsmom on August 17, 2013 at 3:07 PM

You’re ( weatherboarding )table is ready, sir.

jaywemm on August 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

EVERYONE GO SEE “KICK ASS 2″ TONIGHT OR ELSE OPRAH WINFREY’S RACIST REWRITE OF THE REAGAN WHITE HOUSE, “THE BUTLER” WILL WIN THE MOVIE WEEKEND!!!!!!!!!!

“DON’T LET THE RACISTS WIN!!!!!!!!!!!”

williamg on August 17, 2013 at 3:33 PM

See the 5th one down – it’s a classic for the ages.

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2013 at 3:35 PM

If Obama had a son…

txhsmom on August 17, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Then he’d be just as worthless and selfish as the two mini-moochers that he and the shaved Yeti are raising.

SPOILER ALERT: The WaPo distributes the Sunday Supplements on Saturday. Parade Magazine this week has yet another gushing piece on the shaved Yeti. I didn’t read the article but it purportedly lets us know what is next for Let’s Move and what kind of parenting rules one sets in the White House.

My guess is that parenting in the White House is difficult. Things like just how to send back drawn butter for the lobster when it is too cold. Just how many military personnel in the White House Mess you can inconvenience before becoming rude. And, of course, teaching your brats just why they are entitled to the life they are living at taxpayer expense. Mark my words- there is no good in the Obama brats and never will be. They’ll eventually leave the White House (God willing), go off to college, and get a job as a “correspondent” for MSNBC or some other radical left propaganda outlet.

Happy Nomad on August 17, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Unleash the anti-American native backbiters.

Socialist Fog on August 17, 2013 at 1:04 PM

…maybe when you get your lounge out of our a$s…we’ll be able to start!

KOOLAID2 on August 17, 2013 at 4:03 PM

It is an outrage that this man has been arrested!

Why was he not shot on sight? They also need to parade Morsi out before the cameras and give him two to the head. What’s the downside? That these fat old men will become “martyrs” and inspire the violent, murderous Brotherhood to turn violent and murderous?

One of Bush’s worst foreign policy mistakes came in late 2002 when the Venezuelan military arrested Chavez and staged a coup. Bush sent word that the US would not look kindly on the new regime if Chavez were executed. They listened, his rabble supporters rioted, Chavez returned to power. All Bush had to do was keep his mouth shut, and the problem would have been solved.

Radicals never “evolve” into reasonable people. Be they communist or muslim extremists, the only safe way to deal with them is permanently.

Adjoran on August 17, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Idiots.

The point is that this arrest is a good thing. But most of you clowns can’t acknowledge that while a certain party is still in office.

Seems a few of you have taken to lying about my intent. I will meet you all on your level. Enjoy.

Capitalist Hog on August 17, 2013 at 5:37 PM

I will meet you all on your level. Enjoy.

Capitalist Hog on August 17, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Who wants to stoop that low?

Plus, quit threatening people.

They’ll cut your head off first, btw. See RWM’s link.

Schadenfreude on August 17, 2013 at 5:40 PM

“The point is that this arrest is a good thing. But most of you clowns can’t acknowledge that while a certain party is still in office.”

The arrest has many unecessary downsides. “Killed” would be the preferred report.

Meremortal on August 17, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Seems a few of you have taken to lying about my intent. I will meet you all on your level. Enjoy.

Socialist Fog on August 17, 2013 at 5:37 PM

….no one here lies…and you can’t get out of the septic field to get on our level.

KOOLAID2 on August 17, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Is it just me, or do all “Muslim Scholars” look like exactly like
the bums in SF, NY or LA???

shorebird on August 17, 2013 at 11:45 PM

….no one here lies…

Beginning your statement with ellipses might suggest otherwise.

Capitalist Hog on August 18, 2013 at 4:46 AM

Zawahiri had been under arrest prior to The MB gaining power. The MB released him and other Islamists. So yes his arrest is almost certainly a good thing.

Our support for the Arab Spring and whatever political systems that grew from it was the idiotic part of this equation. In Egypt we had a relatively benign Arab government under Sadat/Mubarack. Then Obama saw his chance to meddle and they got rid of that relatively benign military government. This revolt seems to be heading towards another military or military approved government so at best they may return to what they had before only with more anti Americanism.

jpmn on August 18, 2013 at 6:58 AM