Brotherhood’s Istanbul Front Appoints Mahmoud Hussein as Acting Guide

Egypt’s national flag flutters in the wind from the top of a flag pole, in Tahrir square, central Cairo, February 3, 2015. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih
Egypt’s national flag flutters in the wind from the top of a flag pole, in Tahrir square, central Cairo, February 3, 2015. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih
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Brotherhood’s Istanbul Front Appoints Mahmoud Hussein as Acting Guide

Egypt’s national flag flutters in the wind from the top of a flag pole, in Tahrir square, central Cairo, February 3, 2015. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih
Egypt’s national flag flutters in the wind from the top of a flag pole, in Tahrir square, central Cairo, February 3, 2015. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

The Islamic Brotherhood’s “Istanbul Front” decided to appoint Mahmoud Hussein as the acting guide of the organization, to succeed Ibrahim Mounir, who passed away on Nov.4.

The move was seen by researchers in fundamentalism as “a challenge to the decision of the London Front, which was led by Ibrahim Mounir, and which had previously appointed Mohieddine al-Zayet, as a temporary acting guide.”

“The escalating conflict between leaders abroad will deepen during the coming period,” said Egyptian expert in the field of combating international terrorism, Colonel Hatem Saber.

The announcement of Mahmoud Hussein’s inauguration comes hours after the exchange of accusations between the Brotherhood leaders, following the “failure” of the demonstrations that were scheduled to be held on Nov.11 in Cairo.

Experts noted that every front was trying to blame the other for the failure of the Brotherhood’s call to protest on that date.

“The disputes between the Brotherhood’s fronts abroad is normal, because of their failure to hold the demonstration, which has revealed that the organization has no support in the Egyptian street,” Saber told Asharq Al-Awsat.

For his part, Egyptian researcher on fundamentalist affairs, Ahmed Zaghloul, said that the organization has been going through a crisis for years, adding that internal disputes escalated after the passing away of Ibrahim Mounir, and the Brotherhood’s failure to mobilize its supporters on Nov. 11.

Zaghloul told Asharq Al-Awsat that the conflict within the organization “will continue during the coming period, and may deepen, especially if the London front fails to formally choose an acting guide.”

“In the meantime, a new group may emerge to claim leadership of the organization,” he remarked.



Stockholm Accuses Iran of Using Criminals in Sweden to Target Israel

A police vehicle on patrol in Sweden. Reuters file photo
A police vehicle on patrol in Sweden. Reuters file photo
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Stockholm Accuses Iran of Using Criminals in Sweden to Target Israel

A police vehicle on patrol in Sweden. Reuters file photo
A police vehicle on patrol in Sweden. Reuters file photo

Sweden's domestic security agency on Thursday accused Iran of using established criminal networks in Sweden as a proxy to target Israeli or Jewish interests in the Scandinavian country.
The accusations were raised at a news conference by Daniel Stenling, the head of the SAPO agency's counterespionage unit, following a series of events earlier this year.
In late January, the Israeli Embassy in Stockholm was sealed off after what was then described as “a dangerous object” was found on the grounds of the diplomatic mission in an eastern Stockholm neighborhood. Swedish media said the object was a hand grenade.
The embassy was not evacuated and the object was eventually destroyed. No arrests were made and authorities did not say what was found. On May 17, gunshots were heard near the Israeli Embassy in Stockholm and the area was cordoned off. No one was arrested.
According to The Associated Press, Stenling said, without offering specifics or evidence to back up his assertion, that the agency "can establish that criminal networks in Sweden are used as a proxy by Iran.”
“It is very much about planning and attempts to carry out attacks against Israeli and Jewish interests, goals and activities in Sweden," he said and added that the agency sees "connections between criminal individuals in the criminal networks and individuals who are connected to the Iranian security services.”
Justice Minister Gunnar Strömmer and Hampus Nygårds, deputy head of the Swedish police's National Operations Department, were also at the online news conference with Stenling.
“We see this connection between the Iranian intelligence services, the security services and precisely criminals in the criminal networks in Sweden," Stenling said. “We see that connection and it also means that we need to work much more internationally to get to the crimes and be able to prevent them.”
Stenling and the others made no mention of the recent incidents connected to the Israel Embassy and stopped short of naming any criminal groups or suspects.
Sweden has grappled with gang violence for years and criminal gangs often recruit teenagers in socially disadvantaged immigrant neighborhoods to carry out hits.
By May 15, police have recorded 85 shootings so far this year, including 12 fatal shootings. Last year, 53 people were killed and 109 were wounded in a total of 363 shootings.