Isn’t this grand. The UK Muslim Brotherhood leader Anas Al-Tikriti came along in the delegation of the Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives and met with the President and Vice President, among others, in the White House.
Of course this is no surprise, just more affirmation of what we already know:
GMBDW – UK Muslim Brotherhood leader Anas Al-Tikriti, who once supported the Iraqi insurgency against the US, has been part of a White House meeting held last week with an important Iraqi leader. A photo available on the White House Flickr feed shows Mr. Al-Tikriti standing to the right of Osama Al-Nujaifi, Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, as al-Nujaifi is shaking hands with President Obama.
Al-Nujaifi is often described as “the most senior and important Sunni leader” and has been mentioned as a possible future candidate for Iraqi President. According to media reports, during his Washington visit al-Nujaifi held a series of meetings that included:
- January 21 Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel (Pentagon)
- January 22 Secretary of State (unknown location)
- January 22 Vice-President Joe Biden (White House)
- January 24 Brookings Institute
One source reported that during his visit, Nujaifi met President Barrack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden twice, as well as senior US officials.” The date and location of any second such meeting is not known nor is it known if Al-Tikriti accompanied al-Nujaifi during his other meetings in Washington. Reports from Iraq suggest that Al-Tikriti’s presence in the delegation has stirred up significant controversy.
Anas Al-Tikriti is the son of Osama Al-Tikriti, one of the leaders of the Iraqi Islamic Party representing the Muslim Brotherhood in that country. Anas Al-Tikriti is one of the leaders of the British Muslim Initiative (BMI), part of the UK Muslim Brotherhood. He formerly was a leader in the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) which had for many years been the most active organization in the UK Brotherhood but he and other leaders of the MAB left in 2007 to form the BMI. One of the other leaders of the BMI is Mohammad Sawalha, a former Hamas commander. Anas Al-Tikriti also heads the Cordoba Foundation, a UK lobby group for the Muslim Brotherhood purporting to be an independent research center.
In April 2004, Al-Tikriti gave an interview with Islam Online, at that time associated with Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi, in which he said while he hoped that nobody would be killed he supported the right of Iraqis to use “any means and methods” to expel the “occupation”:
(h/t: Free Beacon)