Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Terrorists escape Egyptian jails, Obama reaches out to Muslim Brotherood

Thousands of prisoners have escaped from jails across Egypt since anti-government riots broke out in the country last week, including Hamas detainees who found their way back to the Gaza Strip through underground tunnels between Gaza and Egypt.

According to ABC News, a senior official in the Hamas government confirmed that all eight escapees were on their way back to Gaza. Additionally, 34 members and leaders of the the banned Islamist group, the Muslim Brotherhood, manged to escape the Wadi Natrun prison. One of their lawyers told AFP that the thugs left the prison after guards there abandoned their posts. However, according to unconfirmed reports, commando forces, comprised of members of Hezbollah, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Hamas, stormed into the aforementioned jail and freed both the Muslim Brotherhood detainees and Hezbollah prisoners who were detained on charges of planning terrorist attacks last year.

The commandos exploited the current instability in Egypt and entered the country through the Sudanese border.

One of the escapees, Essam el-Erian, a senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, told the AP that he was heading to Tahrir (or Liberation) Square to meet with other opposition leaders Sunday.

“You can call this a revolution, you can call this an uprising,” he said.

Echoing el-Erian's sentiment, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Tuesday that the uprising in Egypt will help create an 'Islamic Middle East', the AFP reported.

"With the knowledge that I have of the great revolutionary and history making people of Egypt, I am sure they will play their role in creating an Islamic Middle East...", he said.

The Hezbollah leadership also praised the demonstrations.

And, in a related development, World Net Daily is reporting that "the U.S. embassy in Cairo secretly met with" El-Erian on Monday.

The meeting with El-Erian apparently afforded President Obama with a grand opportunity to fulfill his campaign pledge, namely that he would talk with, [i.e. appease], the bad guys, without preconditions....

El-Erian, who, as previously noted, escaped from an Egyptian prison last week, met with Frank Wisner, a former U.S. ambassador to Egypt, who was dispatched over the weekend by the Obama administration to report to the State Department and the White House about the current situation in Egypt.

The U.S. State Department would neither confirm nor deny the report to World Net Daily.

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