The White House is finally making a move towards designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group. After a majority vote and permission from the Senate to pass a bill, Donald Trump would be in a position to sign the dotted line which will approve a law that will classify the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group.
However, the Pentagon has its reasons to not be happy with the decision. Many US lobbyists and political analyst believe that this decision could complicate America’s relations with all those countries that show a supportive sentiment to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Qatar has been known to have funded terrorist groups and extremists, leave alone hold the Muslim Brotherhood is high esteem. Its cushy relations with the US have been a point of concern for many think tanks in the US itself. Undeniably, the relationship with Doha has long been ruled by interests. But if Trump decides to classify the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, he will not be able to win favor for Qatar any more.
Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates had classified the Muslim Brotherhood as a banned terrorist organization for a year. In special focus is Ankara, a key ally of Washington, especially as the Turkish leadership is led by the Islamist Justice and Development Party.
Consequently, the New York Times had earlier reported that Senator Ted Cruz and MP Mario Diaz Ballart instead were pushing a bill that would include the Ikhwan group on the list of the terrorist organization. A spokesman for Turkey’s ruling AK Party has reportedly expressed concerns over the designation and said that “this move would hinder democratization efforts in the Middle East and provide a boost to other militant groups in the region.’
The White House has already hit Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) with the same designation. This is for the first time the US has labeled another nation’s military as a terrorist organization.
The Muslim Brotherhood, founded in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna, was a movement initially intended to spread only Islamic morals and good values, is now being seen as a body that is encouraging extremism and terrorist-driven activity in the name of Islam.