Could the Muslim Brotherhood be designated the latest terrorist organization?
According to a New York Times article, Trump administration advisors are in the process of reviewing the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp. and Quds Force, for designation as terrorist organizations.
The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928 in Egypt and its ancillary groups are located in the middle eastern countries of Turkey and Tunisia.
The Muslim Brotherhood preaches a society where Islamic law rules and it is this philosophy that has the Trump administration concerned.
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Republicans are also pushing for the Iranian groups’ designations as terrorist organizations as a way of sending a strong message to Iran. This potential action is being met with more positive feedback than is the push for the Muslim Brotherhood designation.
The National Security Council and some State Department officials said the administration should be careful in its attempts to classify the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, stating a “lack of legal basis” and the possibility that such a move might strain relations in the Middle East.
President Trump’s close advisor, Steve Bannon called the group “the foundation of modern terrorism” in a 2007 film on radical Islam, according to The Washington Times last week.
H/T: The Hill
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