SHAFAQNA – Nafeez Ahmed a PhD, investigative journalist, international security scholar and bestselling author who tracks what he calls the crisis of civilization, wrote a report earlier in February in which he slams the British Intelligence services for playing both sides of the river.Looking at the rise of radicalism in the UK and the MENA region – Middle East and North Africa – Ahmed explains how the British government played radicalism as a weapon to serve ulterior geopolitical agenda.It is important to note that such warnings and accusations have often been voiced by the Iranian authoritoes since 2011.
In several instances, Grand Ayatollah Ali Khameini urged Muslims to be wary of foreign powers as they attempt to hijack Islam and derail its teachings to better expand their covert imperial agenda in the lands of oil and gas.
A few years ago, BBC Newsnight proudly hosted a “debate” between Maajid Nawaz, director of counter-extremism think-tank, the Quilliam Foundation, and Anjem Choudary, head of the banned Islamist group formerly known as al-Muhajiroun, which has, since its proscription, repeatedly reincarnated itself.
Ahmed claims both men, whose links with terror and radicalism remain at best questionable were groomed by MI5, enabled and propped up to become the figures they are today.
Ahmed wrote, “‘Jihadi John’ was able to join IS for one simple reason: from Quilliam to al-Muhajiroun, Britain’s loudest extremists have been groomed by the security services.”
He further noted, “Both Nawaz and Choudary have received huge mainstream media attention, generating press headlines, and contributing to major TV news and current affairs shows. But unbeknown to most, they have one thing in common: Britain’s security services. And believe it or not, that bizarre fact explains why the Islamic State’s (IS) celebrity beheader, former west Londoner Mohammed Emwazi – aka “Jihadi John” – got to where he is now.”
According to Dr Noman Hanif, a lecturer in international terrorism and political Islam at Birkbeck College, University of London, and an expert on Hizb ut-Tahrir, the group’s presence in Britain likely provided many opportunities for Western intelligence to “penetrate or influence” the movement.
Dr Hanif, whose doctoral thesis was about the group, points out that Husain’s tenure inside HT by his own account occurred “under the leadership of Omar Bakri Mohammed,” the controversial cleric who left the group in 1996 to found al-Muhajiroun, a militant network which to this day has been linked to every major terrorist plot in Britain.
Bakri’s leadership of HT, said Dr Hanif, formed “the most conceptually deviant period of HT’s existence in the UK, diverting quite sharply away from its core ideas,” due to Bakri’s advocacy of violence and his focus on establishing an Islamic state in the UK, goals contrary to HT doctrines.