Bin Laden dossier: Muslim Brotherhood plans to sow rifts between Saudi, Egypt

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Despite the ideology of the radical armed groups calling to dismiss anything that has to do with the "homeland" and the "nationality" in the pursuit of the claims of the same nation, the leaders of the extremist organizations and their theorists did not overlook the importance of taking advantage of the impacts that can be employed through "nationality" whether for security or political purposes, as was the case with the perpetrators of the September 11 attacks. Al Qaeda chose 15 Saudi Nationals out of the 17 suicide bombers.

The "nationality" returned to the front immediately after the bloody attack carried out by a group of gunmen on al Rawdah mosque in the city of Arish in northern Sinai in Egypt, after a rumor spread through social media, stating that the suicide bomber, Khaled Mohamed Ayed Al-Wahbi is of Saudi descendent; yet Al-Wahbi, who is an ISIS fighter, was the suicide bomber who died in an attempt to blow up the Anoud mosque in the city of Dammam, east of Saudi Arabia, in 2015.


The objectives of this rumor, which was quickly promoted through social media, as monitored by, were clearly highlighted in one of Abbottabad’s documents by Osama bin Laden, al Qaida leader.

According to the document, the organization was aware of the importance of enhancing the impact of terrorist operations through the "nationality" of the perpetrators in order to influence bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

THUMBNAIL_ السعودية: انتحاري جامع العنود اسمه خالد الوهبي الشمري
THUMBNAIL_ السعودية: انتحاري جامع العنود اسمه خالد الوهبي الشمري

The document was a letter written by the Egyptian national Haj Salim, nicknamed Harun or Abdul Hakim al-Afghani, dating to 4th of Safar 1429, and a close associate of bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri, who fought alongside al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and took shelter in Iran after the events of September 11. Through initial analysis, it would appear that the letter is likely addressed to the current leader of al Qaeda, Zawahiri.

Abdul al-Hakim al-Afghani spoke in his letter about al-Qaeda's plan to carry out operations on Egyptian territory from Yemen, on condition that the perpetrators be from Saudi Arabia or from one of the Gulf states, according to the directives of Nasser al-Wahishi, nicknamed Abu Bassir, al-Qaeda leader in Yemen.

According to the details of the terrorist plot, which is based on the organization of three groups, “the first group will conduct recruitment and search for new energies that can be used and send those who can be sent to us here. The second group will conduct monitoring, surveillance and intelligence after giving them the necessary courses”.

While the third group is constituted of “non-Egyptians and nationalities that are not audited at Egyptian airports, such as Saudis and Gulf nationals in general, and are charged with the implementation of the plot, after ‘military special operation preparations’, especially assassination and sniping.”

The Egyptian national Abdul-Hakim al Afghani called to the need to completely separate the three groups, “Each group takes orders from outside and is unrelated to other groups. Communication with the officials of the first and the second group shall be done through one of the Egyptian brothers of the veterans of the Brotherhood in Yemen who already established channels of communication with Sheikh Ahmed Al-Maqaleh.”

The third group entrusted with the execution should be among the elements trained in military operations, adding that: “The priority will be for those who can travel from Turkey and then to Egypt during the summer, God willing.”

Nasser al-Wahishi and Egyptians

The search for Egyptian cadres was one of the tasks of Abdul Hakim al-Afghani, especially after the Egyptian authorities stopped a number of his contacts in Egypt. The letter had a special note to the presence of his fighters inside Egypt in the mountains (a reference to the Sinai), pointing at the same time that Nasser Al-Wahishi is securing a group of highly trained Egyptians stationed in Yemen. According to his letter on his perception of the terrorist operations in Egypt, he said: “we have established channels of communication with a group of brothers in Egypt, and our brother Abu Bassir, the Brotherhood’s chief in Yemen, is working to communicate with another group. He advised me to recruit them because of their efficiency and capabilities. They came to Yemen a while ago to enter Iraq, they waited six months but did not succeed. I asked one of the trusted Yemeni brothers, Sheikh Ahmad al-Maqaleh, to work on finding Egyptian brothers.”

أيمن الظواهري
أيمن الظواهري

As for the arrest of some members of his group inside Egypt, he said: “You may have followed what was published months ago that the regime arrested two groups of young people whom I was communicating with to find a way to move things there, and because of their reckless use of the Internet they were arrested despite my repeated warnings to their officials not to log in to Jihadist sites and forums or participate, "calling for the allocation of a special budget for the implementation of his operational project in Egypt through the guidance of financial officer nicknamed Haj Sultan”.

Haj Salim and Iran

According to the document, Haji Salim, the operational coordinator in Egypt, spent several years in Iran traveling between Tehran and Mashhad before returning to Egypt in the first installments allowed by the Iranian regime under former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Haroun said in his letter to the operations department inside Egypt that he was leaving Iran. “As for fleeing from Iranian intelligence, I felt very cautious during the last month as I felt I was being put under surveillance.

Larijani had traveled to Egypt in the same month and was received with great enthusiasm. After that, Mubarak called Ahmadinejad and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt underlined that the settlement of relations with Iran is dependent on the extent of cooperation in the security file between the two countries and issues related to symbolic relations.

With God’s guidance, I managed to escape surveillance, I kept praying whether or not to move to the capital until I got word while I was in Mashhad saying that Brother Abdul Hamid needs me so I decided to travel.”

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