By Souad Sbai
Cairo confirms that the Muslim Brotherhood is the cause of the explosion that took place on Monday, August 5 and that killed 22 people. The car bomb was driven by a man affiliated with Hasm terrorist group, a creature of the Muslim Brotherhood, that aims to damage the foundations of the president’s government, destabilizing the country through terrorism. Hasm served this purpose well enough to be trained by ISIS militias.
Confirmation has come from Cairo: the Muslim Brotherhood is responsible for the explosion that took place shortly after midnight on Monday, August 5, where 22 people were killed and 77 injured.
Egypt’s Interior Ministry revealed the result of preliminary investigations, according to which a member of the Hasm terrorist group – a creature of the Muslim Brotherhood – was driving the car that caused the explosion and collided with three vehicles in front of the National Cancer Institute.
The driver’s name is Abdel-Rahman Khaled Mahmoud Abdel-Rahman, aged 24 year old and wanted for being involved in another terrorist cases. He was identified thanks to fingerprints. The vehicle was stolen months before and carried a large quantity of explosives (300 kg).
“I suspect the driver of the car noticed enhanced security measures in Al-Qasr Al-Aini Street. He was driving a stolen car, laden with explosives, and in his panic tried to avoid the tightened security by driving the wrong way down the Nile Corniche,” Brigadier General Khaled Okasha told Al-Ahram Weekly.
Major General Fouad Allam, former head of the National Security Apparatus, says most likely the explosives were being moved to another location for a pre-planned attack. “It is a cause of great concern that such a large quantity of explosive material could reach the centre of Cairo, and in a stolen car, without being detected. We need to overhaul the ways in which stolen vehicles are traced and identified, even when their colour and plates have been changed,” Allam said.
Brigadier General Khaled Okasha, director of the Egyptian Centre for Strategic Studies (ECSS), agrees. Okasha speculates the terrorist operation for which the explosives were originally destined would have taken place in the next few hours or days. “Hasm would not venture to transfer this quantity of explosives unless the operation was going to be conducted within a few hours or days,” he says.
The investigations also led the authorities to the identification of the members of the Hasm terrorist cell that presided over the operation. Hossam Adel was arrested, while the driver’s brother, Ibrahim Khaled Mahmoud Abdel-Rahman and Abdel-Rahman Gomaa Mohamed were killed during an attempt to escape from the authorities while arresting them.
Ibrahim Khaled Mahmoud Abdel-Rahman has been designated as responsible for relations with the directors of the organization living abroad. During the interrogation, Hossam Adel admitted that he received instructions from militants based in Erdogan’s Turkey, writes Asharq Al Awsat, confirming that the Muslim Brotherhood is moving the threads of terrorism in Egypt, operating from Ankara and Istanbul where the Brotherhood found hospitality at Emirs Al Thani’s Court in Qatar.
The support offered by Turkey and Qatar to the subversive cause of the Muslim Brotherhood throughout the Middle East has never diminished, despite the failure of the Arab Spring. Media and cultural propaganda never rests. It is not only about Al Jazeera and the Brotherhood television channels based in Turkish territory; It is not only about the “electronic armies” present on the Internet and on social networks: the objective of overthrowing the governments of the countries that were once part of the Ottoman Empire to install fundamentalist dictatorships governed by the Muslim Brotherhood, is also registered in the textbooks chosen by Erdogan for public schools throughout Turkey.
These textbooks, explains Nordic Monitor study center, describe Arab countries as devoid of independence and hungry for democracy: a way to promote the narrative with which the Brotherhood continues to stand as a democratic force and a popular alternative to the status quo in the area. In Tunisia, the Muslim Brotherhood can look to the imminent presidential and parliamentary elections of the post-Essebsi to advance in the conquest of power by taking advantage of the spaces offered by democracy; however, in Egypt they face the impassable barrier built by Al Sisi.
In addition to demonizing the Egyptian president, the goal of the Muslim Brotherhood is to damage the foundations of its government, destabilizing the country through terrorism. Hasm serves exactly for this purpose. The use of terrorism is consistent with the doctrine and practices followed by the Muslim Brotherhood from the origin of the terrorist organization. Historically, the ideologues and militants of the Brotherhood were the ones who launched the radicalization that has created both Al Qaeda and ISIS. Therefore, it is not surprising that Hasm has intertwined its clandestine activities with the terrorist groups of Al Qaeda and ISIS, active in Egypt and especially in Sinai.
“When the organization (the Muslim Brotherhood) thought about reviving the armed action, it established (Hasm) and selected its elements with physical and psychological qualities that enable them to plan and implement specific terrorist operations,” said Security and Strategic Expert Brigadier General Abdul Mohsen to Al Ahram. Hams gave the first signs of life in 2016 operating in the provinces of Cairo and Giza. Designated as a terrorist organization in 2017, Hasm initiated a growing interaction with ISIS that contributed significantly to strengthening its capabilities, training its members to use weapons and make bombs. The car bomb exploded on August 5, observes Okasha, is a sign that Hasm is copying the style of operations carried out by ISIS and that the organization is ready to carry out large-scale terrorist attacks.
Therefore, the war of the Muslim Brotherhood against the institutions, the police, the armed forces and the Egyptian people is destined to continue. But it is not just an internal conflict. The red line of jihad that aims to tighten Cairo in its grip starts from Turkey and Qatar. That is where the sources that feed the terrorism that continues to torment Egypt, Libya and Syria are located, while maintaining the prospects of stabilizing the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern region in a state of uncertainty.