The Panama City Florida connections suggests a significant U.S. Muslim Brotherhood leadership element still operating in that area.
A recent report in the Al-Monitor advised that Syrian opposition lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill were “paying off”. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) now, “authorizes the Secretary of Defense to provide equipment, training, supplies, and defense services to assist vetted members of the Syrian opposition.”
According to the article:
“This is a momentous occasion,” Syrian National Coalition (SNC) adviser Oubai Shahbandar told Al-Monitor. “This is the first stop in clearly defining the convergence of American national security interests with strengthening the Free Syrian Army [FSA], which is actively fighting al-Qaeda and actively fighting Iranian-backed international terrorist forces in Syria.”
The details of the aid were not clear at the time the article was written.
The lobbying efforts mentioned come from a variety of Syrian special interest groups with strong U.S. Muslim Brotherhood ties:
National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces – This group includes the Syrian National Coalition as well as representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood controlled, Syrian National Council including Syrian-American Louay Safi. The U.S. lead representative is Najib Ghadbian. Ghadbian has been identified as having U.S. Muslim Brotherhood ties through his membership with the Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID) in Washington, DC, and the Syrian American Council (see below).
Syrian Support Group (SSG) – The group is licensed by the U.S. Government to provide a range of aid and support to moderate opposition in Syria. According to a report by The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch (GMBDW), SSG Chairman Mazen Asbahi has numerous ties to U.S. Muslim Brotherhood groups – strong enough to cause him to resign from then-Senator Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008. SSG Vice-Chairman Majd Abbar is reported by the Clarion Project to be associated with the Qatar Foundation, a group closely tied to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Syrian American Council (SAC) – One of the largest American based Syrian lobbying organizations. It’s president is Talal Sunbulli. Sunbulli is listed as the Syrian coordinator in the international phone book of Muslim Brotherhood members seized by federal investigators during the Holy Land Foundation investigation. SAC’s chairman, Hussam Ayloush, is the executive director of CAIR California. SAC Board member Mohammed Nahas (Dr. Mohammad N. Al-Nahhas) is a former board member of the Bay County Islamic Society (BCIS)**
Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF) – composed of Syrian American professionals from across the United States. SETF Director Mouaz Moustafa facilitated Sen. John McCain’s May 2013 trip to Syria. The GMBDW reported that of seven board members named, four are known to have a history of close ties to the US Muslim Brotherhood. SETF Board member Dr. Hashem Mubarak served as a past president of the Bay County Islamic Society (BCIS)**
In addition to the two doctors mentioned above, Panama City, Florida is home to Syrian-born Dr. Yahia Rahim (Y. Abdul-Raheem), identified as the economic head of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood from documents seized during the Holy Land Foundation investigation. As previously reported by Cultural Jihad, Dr. Rahim is currently listed as the NAIT contact for the Bay County Islamic Society and is a director of the the Panama City Advanced School Corporation. The school’s head, Rashid Karaman (Qurman), was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial, attachment A, part III, no. 46.
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: The Panama City Florida connections suggests a significant U.S. Muslim Brotherhood leadership element still operating in that area. As reported here, Tampa’s OakTree Institute, another Brotherhood affiliated group, also has a BCIS member on it’s Board of Directors – Ahmed Abobaker Mohamed. It would be a safe assumption that the above groups will have significant input with the vetting of Syrian opposition members receiving assistance under the NDAA.
GMBDR: U.S. Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas Support Leader Chosen By Syrian Opposition To Head Interim Government
“So far, U.S. media has completely failed to identify any of these positions held by Mr. Hitto who has now become the fourth U.S. Muslim Brotherhood figure to be identified as part of the Syrian National Council. According to an Al-Jazeera report, Hitto founded the Coalition of Free Syria activist group in 2011, and become a national board member of the Syrian American Council the following year. The same report says he is a member of the recently formed National Coalition.” – GMBDR,
The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report EXCLUSIVE:
U.S. Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas Support Leader Chosen By Syrian Opposition To Head Interim Government.
GlobalMB @ March 19, 2013
U.S. media is reporting that Ghassan Hitto, known to have been a leader in several U.S. Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas support organizations, has been elected by the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) as head of an interim government in Syria. …
At least half of the Board of Directors of the Muslim Legal Fund (MFLA) is comprised of individuals who are leaders in U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organizations including the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Islamic Association of North Texas (IANT) which operates the Dallas Central Mosque that has been known to be tied to Hamas support. Perhaps the most notable of the MFLA board members is Hatem Bazian, President of the American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) and also part of the U.S. Hamas support infrastructure, …
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: Having a member of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood (MB) to head the interim Syrian government seems to be a logical progression considering the lead taken by the MB in supporting the Syrian Revolution. Logistics, funding and lobbying efforts have been orchestrated by U.S. based MB organizations. The issue that probably had the most weight is the U.S. government decision to financially/militarily support the SNC directly, thanks to the influence of American MB members and affiliated groups with the current administration.
The failure of the U.S. media to report the controversial past positions held by Mr. Hitto is not surprising considering the PR spin efforts of Muslim advocacy groups to label any reports of links to MB activity and documented terror fund-raising efforts as being “Islamaphobia”. This has been very effective, greatly facilitating MB efforts to sway U.S. domestic and foreign policy decisions.. Take the recent example of former Bush AG Michael Mukasey speaking at CPAC regarding the threat of the MB in America. Left-wing media outlets and blogs quickly applied dismissive labels and apparently, at least one report had been prepared prior to the speech.
- How the Muslim Brotherhood Hijacked Syria’s Revolution (culturaljihad.wordpress.com)
- Rebels pick US citizen as Syrian prime minister (seattletimes.com)