The spectacle, which took place in Raqqa central Clocktower Square, attracted a crowd of adults and children who are using their cell phones to take pictures of the man.
No information as to whether the victim was a Christian or not. He reported was shot in the head before being crucified.
Egypt and Saudi Arabia have also publicly declared the Muslim Brotherhood to be a “terrorist organization.” Looks like the only supporters of the Brotherhood remain in Qatar, the U.S. and the U.K.
Global MB Watch (h/t wirlwin69) Bahraini media is reporting that the country’s foreign minister has said that “Bahrain backs Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in confronting the plans of the ‘Muslim Brotherhood.” Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE have recalled their envoys to Qatar, accusing the Qataris of not living up to their security agreements in connection with the prosecution of a Qatari citizen.
According to a report by the Bahrain News Agency: Foreign Affairs Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa has stressed that Bahrain backs Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in confronting the plans of the ‘Muslim Brotherhood’. Shaikh Khalid said that Bahrain is facing the ‘Muslim Brotherhood’ group and its ‘clear terrorist threat’ to the stability of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE and considers such plans as a threat to its security, as well.
He affirmed that Bahrain will ‘deal with any threat from the Muslim Brotherhood group in Bahrain in the same way it deals with any other potential threat to its security and stability.’ The Foreign Minister emphasized that ‘whatever poses a threat to the security and stability of brotherly Saudi Arabia and the UAE affects directly those of Bahrain, and vice versa, and whoever holds hostility towards them is undoubtedly our enemy.’
Shaikh Khalid denied the media reports quoting him as saying that the Muslim Brotherhood was not a terrorist group, stressing that ‘each country deals with it according to what its followers do against it, while keeping unified stances on it.’
Increasing pressure faced by the Muslim Brotherhood in the Gulf countries include:
- The troubles of Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi who has been antagonizing Gulf rulers with his increasingly strident criticisms.
- The trials of Muslim Brotherhood leaders and cadre in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
- The actions taken by Saudi Arabia of late against the Muslim Brotherhood.
- The increasingly difficult situation faced by the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait.
Speaking from the UK, where the Muslim Brotherhood is warmly welcomed, Muslim Brotherhood spokesIslamist condemns Egypt and the Gulf States because they are “hurting democracy.” (LOL)
Press TV Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain are sponsoring the military rule in Egypt as the monarchies basically oppose all tenets of democracy, a Muslim Brotherhood leader says.
In a Friday interview, Muslim Brotherhood leader in the UK Mohamed Ghanem, pointed to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE’s opposition to Islamic Awakening and their insistence on the continuation of monarchy systems, adding, “They do not want any democracy, any free press neither any respect to human rights. That is why they support the coup.”
The Muslim Brotherhood leader pointed to the billions of dollars of aid provided by the three Arab monarchies to the military government in Egypt. The ouster of Mohamed Morsi – Egypt’s first democratically-elected (Islamofascist Muslim Brotherhood) head of state who was toppled after just one year in power by the military – sparked daily protest rallies and consequently plunged the country into relentless violence. (The only violence in Egypt is from a small minority of Muslim Brotherhood/Morsi supporters and their terror-linked allies from Sinai)
The BBC, known for its support of the terror-linked Muslim Brotherhood, seems reluctant to believe it.
Mohamed Yosri, security director of the Qalyoubia governorate, said that explosives experts have managed to diffuse two bombs planted by the attackers after the shooting occurred. The violence comes two days after another soldier was shot dead in an attack on an army bus in eastern Cairo.
Saudi Arabia has shuttered the local al-Jazeera office over its home country Qatar’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood. At the heart of the dispute, is Qatar’s affiliation with the terror-linked Muslim Brotherhood, also banned by Saudi Arabia last Friday, because of Qatari opposition to the likely future president of Egypt, Field Marshall Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who came to power in a peoples’ revolution which ousted Mohamed Morsi last summer.
UK Independent (h/t Jim Y) The Saudis, UAE, and Bahrain are in confrontation with Qatar over it’s support for jihadi rebels in Syria and its satellite television station’s willingness to provide a platform for critics of the Gulf monarchs and their allies. Saudi Arabia intends to close the local office of the Qatari-owned al Jazeera satellite television station in the latest episode in the escalating conflict in which the Saudis, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are in confrontation with Qatar, say local media.
Riyadh and Doha now differ on almost every aspect of foreign policy, notably Qatar’s support for jihadi rebels in Syria and al Jazeera’s willingness to provide a television platform for critics of the Gulf monarchs and their allies.
So far Saudi Arabia has not had any success in forcing Qatar to the same political line as the more conservative Gulf states. Gestures such as a withdrawal of the Saudi, Bahraini, UAE and Egyptian ambassadors from Qatar is likely to be ineffectual. Doha remains the base for the Muslim Brotherhood and its spiritual guide, Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi, who strongly criticised the UAE authorities after they had jailed dozens of Muslim Brotherhood members.
Qatar’s ruler, Sheikh Tamim al-Thani, is unlikely to bow to Saudi demands that would limit his country’s independence. But the Saudis have implied that they could step up the pressure on him by economic sanctions such as restrictions on use of air space and land borders.
It is unclear how far Saudi Arabia is reordering its foreign and domestic policy by opposing radical Islamic movements and labelling almost all of them as “terrorists”. Under a new decree, any Saudi who fights in a foreign conflict could face 20-30 years in prison as will those supporting them. There are believed to be between 1,000 and 2,000 Saudis fighting in Syria and it is unlikely they will all be detained when they return home.
The Saudi state is also engaged in a project to support a new offensive by rebels in southern Syria and is reported to be offering the rebel fighters anti-aircraft missiles.
Saudi policy remains ambivalent, despite the recent rush of repressive legislation at home and a greater emphasis on diplomacy over military action in dealing with Syria. Saudi preachers on satellite TV continue to call for anti-Shia jihad in Syria.
Fearing that they may be the next victims of a Muslim Brotherhood-takeover, the governments of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Egypt have withdrawn their ambassadors from Qatar, over its support for radical Islamists around the region, including the deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and his supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood.
(In a gesture of support for Qatar, we hear Barack Hussein Obama has offered to send 4 of his biggest campaign donors to take their places)
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh (L) and the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani are BFFs
NY Times After the withdrawal of envoys by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, Egypt’s statement formalizes a breach between Cairo and Doha that began shortly after the military ouster of Mr. Morsi last summer. Its move adds to Qatar’s sudden isolation in the region and reinforces the alliance binding Egypt’s new military-backed government to the other oil-rich Persian Gulf monarchies.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain were deeply apprehensive about the potential influence on their own populations of either democratic or Islamist leadership in Cairo. Since the Egyptian military removed Mr. Morsi, the conservative gulf states have donated billions of dollars to support the new government, just as Qatar had spent heavily to try to prop up the previous Islamist one.
Egyptian state news media declared Thursday that most of the Arab world had now repudiated Qatar, asserting that Doha must now decide whether it would stand on the side of “Arab solidarity” or against it.
Calling the withdrawal of the envoys a beginning attempt “to correct the path of the Qatari government,” the Egyptian government asserted that “Qatar’s problem is not with us but with the majority of the Arab countries,” state news media reported. Alluding to its struggle to suppress the now-outlawed Islamist opposition — characterized by the new government as terrorists — Egypt said Qatar must make a choice: Support Egypt against “the grave challenges it is facing” or “stand on the other side and bear the consequences.”
The contest for power in Cairo was already at the heart of the split between Qatar and the other Persian Gulf states. While the other gulf monarchies cheered the military takeover, Qatar continued to use its satellite news channel Al Jazeera to support the Brotherhood in Egypt and allied Islamists around the region. Doha has become a hub for Brotherhood figures in exile.
In an interview with Al Jazeera’s English-language network on Wednesday, Nasser bin Hamad M. al-Khalifa, a former Qatari ambassador to Washington, accused the other gulf states of lashing out over Qatar’s failure to back Egypt’s new military leader, Field Marshal Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi. “The whole issue is really about Sisi,” Mr. Khalifa said, calling him an old-style Arab dictator.