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Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Cell Reportedly Detained in UAE

An Egyptian boy holds a banner with Arabic that reads, An Egyptian boy holds a banner with Arabic that reads, "Muslim Brotherhood," in Cairo, Egypt, Nov. 15, 2012.
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An Egyptian boy holds a banner with Arabic that reads,
An Egyptian boy holds a banner with Arabic that reads, "Muslim Brotherhood," in Cairo, Egypt, Nov. 15, 2012.
 The United Arab Emirates has arrested an ``Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood cell'' that trained local Islamists in how to overthrow Arab governments, a Sharjah-based newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing an unnamed source familiar with the investigation.

The oil-rich Gulf state - of which Sharjah is one part - has previously voiced strong distrust of the Islamist political movement which after long years of being banned took power in free elections in Egypt last year.

The cell, of "more than 10 people'', had a defined organizational structure and was recruiting Egyptians in the UAE to join, al-Khaleej newspaper reported.

It said the cell had formed companies to send money illegally to Egypt.

Officials were not available to comment on the report on Tuesday due to a national holiday. A spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt was also not available for comment.

"The source confirmed the presence of close relations between the the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood organisation and leaders of the secret organisation in the Emirates,'' the newspaper reported, referring to detainees in another case.

In September Al-Khaleej, a privately-owned newspaper, reported that Islamists detained in the UAE had confessed to setting up an armed force that aimed to seize power and establish an Islamic state.

The brotherhood "gave a number of courses and lectures to members of the secret organization on elections and ways to change systems of government in Arab countries'', the newspaper reported.

Like some other Gulf states, the UAE is very wary of the Muslim Brotherhood, which it has accused of plotting to undermine governments in the oil-rich region.

"The Muslim Brotherhood does not believe in the nation state. It does not believe in the sovereignty of the state,'' UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan said in October.

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by: Naoaf from: VIXeqoZHwKtucK
January 17, 2013 3:21 AM
Your post has lefitd the level of debate

by: Monir Fatfat from: Egypt
January 02, 2013 2:53 PM
America, the Muslim Brotherhood has no need for your F-16... the war that they advocate is not that kind of war... their war is terrorism... coercion by fear... repression by fear... submission by fear... they do not need F-16 for that... they are already bargaining with China and Iran, Russia and North Korea for the latest American F-16 technologies for cash... they need money to consolidate their oppression on us Egyptians...

by: Salim Hateb from: Egypt
January 02, 2013 2:08 PM
under Obama, American stupidity has sunk to new depths... America, your beloved Israel is besieged by Al Qaida (Islamic Brotherhood) Hamas...
Israel, the only nation sanctified by solid ties to all humanity and the linchpin of Western rectitude, freedom of conscience and intellectual inspirations, is besieged by the forces of evil, that you (America) keep sponsoring... Egypt (just as Amina is saying) is officially an Al Qaida State now... Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Al Qaida are all the same... Obama, what are you doing???

by: Sensi
January 02, 2013 12:53 PM
Voice of America can be a tribune for the UAE dictatorship's propaganda. Congrats.
Someday the USA will have to explain how they used to support or put in place half of the dictatorships worldwide while still feigning publicly to have any higher moral ground than those they routinely vilify.

by: Anonymous
January 02, 2013 9:35 AM
Hey Obama.... the Muslim Brotherhood IS Al Qaida!!
well, maybe Obama doesn't care but - Hey American People Muslin Brotherhood IS Al Qaida!!!

by: Amina from: Egypt
January 01, 2013 12:12 PM
the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is Hamas... its an active terrorist organization... these are the scum that destroyed Syria... these are the scum that is trying to destroy Jordan... only the USA is trying to appease them... and now its official - Egypt is a Theocratic Islamic State just like Iran - complete with "Revolutionary Guards" torture rooms, rape rooms... where is the Leadership from the USA...???

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