What a Coincidence?
The Muslim Brotherhood leader in Egypt, Mahdy Akef, said he was ready to send 10,000 fighters to Lebanon to combat Israel alongside Hezbollah.
Mohammed Mehdi Akef told AFP “I am ready to send immediately 10,000 mujahedeen to fight the Zionists alongside Hezbollah.”
Few days later, al-Qaeda's number two, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has announced that Gama'a al-Islamiya, the main militant group behind Egypt's bloody 1990s insurrection, has joined his global jihad.
He named six figures within Gama'a who he said were joining "in one front, facing their enemies in the most imperious crusade carried out against Islam in all its history".
Gama'a al-Islamiya leaders flatly denied they had joined al-Qaeda, in a statement on their website.
Egyptian authorities crushed a bloody insurgency by two main Islamist groups - Gama'a al-Islamiya and Islamic Jihad - by the late 1990s. But other, smaller groups have emerged since.
Previously: Muslim Brotherhood Leader Akef says “Fuck Egypt”