Egypt Arrests Al-Qa'ida Infiltrators Seeking To Revive Activities There

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The media also recently reported that 350 Salafis surrounded a woman’s house in Sadat City in Menufiya, asking her to leave, accusing her of prostitution.

Salafis first made headlines prior to the January 25 Revolution, when Sayed Belal, a Salafi, was accused of being involved in the Alexandria Church bombing on New Year’s Eve and tortured to death by State Security.

[Description of Source: Cairo Daily News Egypt Online in English -- Independent, privately owned newspaper providing news and analysis, Egypt's only independent English-language daily. The paper is distributed in Egypt with the International Herald Tribune (IHT); URL:]

Egypt: Islamists Want US Embassy To Clarify US Stand on Abd-al-Rahman's Release

GMP20110420825013 London Al-Hayah Online in Arabic 20 Apr 11

[Report by Ahmad Mustafa in Cairo: "Al-Azhar Joins Those Demanding Umar Abd-al-Rahman's Release"]

Al-Azhar Shaykh Ahmad al-Tayyib has joined those demanding the release of Dr. Umar Abd-al-Rahman, the spiritual leader of the Islamic groups in Egypt, who is serving a prison sentence in the United States. Al-Tayyib talked yesterday about "serious steps for releasing him." Al-Hayah has learned meanwhile that the security organs have no reservations about Abd-al-Rahman's return.

Al-Tayyib said at a news conference yesterday that Al-Azhar "is interested" in Abd-al-Rahman's release and "has steps in that matter." He also asserted that the "coming days will see a breakthrough in this case" without giving any further clarifications.

On the other hand, Abd-al-Rahman's son Ammar said his family "held contacts during the past period with leaders in the (ruling) Military Council but we have not received any response yet to our demand for the Egyptian Government's intervention to prompt the US administration to release my father."

But informed sources disclosed to Al-Hayah that contacts were held during the past days through mediators "which concluded that the Egyptian security organs have no reservations about the return of the Islamic Group's amir" who is serving a life sentence on the charge of involvement in the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. Islamists staged several demonstrations during the past weeks outside the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces in Al-Qubbah neighborhood, east Cairo, to demand the army's intervention to release Abd-al-Rahman.

His son Ammar told Al-Hayah that "a gathering of members of Islamic groups will assemble opposite the US Embassy in Garden City (Cairo center) on Thursday and we will not leave the place before the embassy issues an official statement clarifying the US administration's stand on my father's release." He pointed out that a delegation from the "Islamist Lawyers Union" would leave for Washington "to activate legal proceedings there demanding my father's release", adding that "the defense will rely on the international human rights law which stipulates the release of prisoners when they become old and incapable of movement." He noted that Abd-al-Rahman's family "assigned Lawyer Muhammad Abd-al-Fattah al-Jindi, who has a law office in America and links with decision-making circles there, to file other legal proceedings."

[Description of Source: London Al-Hayah Online in Arabic -- Website of influential Saudi-owned London pan-Arab daily. URL:]

Hani Al-Siba'i Claims 'Martyrdom' of Al-Zawahiri's Brother-in-Law in Afghanistan

GMP20110418570010 Al-Maqrizi Center for Historical Studies in Arabic 18 Apr 11

[Statement attributed to Dr Hani al-Siba'i, Director of the Al-Maqrizi Center for Historical Studies; dated 18 April: "Martyrdom of Usamah Hasan, Dr Ayman al-Zawahiri's Brother-in-Law"]

Statement number 33 for the year 1432, corresponding to 2011

God says: "Think not of those who are slain in Allah's way as dead. Nay, they live, finding their sustenance in the presence of their Lord," [Koranic verse, Al Imran, 3:169].

The Martyrdom of Usamah Hasan, Dr Ayman al-Zawahiri's Brother-in-Law

Written by Dr Hani al-Siba'i

[Al-Siba'i's e-mail address is posted here.]

Director of the Al-Maqrizi Center for Historical Studies

Praise be to God. Prayers and peace be upon the Messenger of God, may God's prayers and peace be upon him.

The Al-Maqrizi Center has learned that the Islamist Usamah Hasan, the brother-in-law of Dr Ayman al-Zawahiri, was martyred in Afghanistan. Usamah's wife, along with some of his children, may have returned to Egypt around two weeks ago. We consider him a martyr; yet, we do not sanctify anyone before God.

The Al-Maqrizi Center has also learned that Usamah Hasan, may Almighty God rest his soul, had been imprisoned in Iran following the US aggression on Afghanistan in 2001. He was among more than one hundred Arab families, who were detained by the Iranian authorities in detention locations in three Iranian cities! Moreover, we have learned that the Iranian authorities had released Abu-Abd-al-Rahman (Usamah Hasan) around seven months ago, and then there were frequent news about his martyrdom in Afghanistan.

Biography of Martyr Usamah Hasan, May God Rest His Soul:

First: His name is Usamah Hasan Ahmad Muhammad Hasan, 47 years, from Cairo City. He was graduated from the Arabic language section, Faculty of Education, Ayn Shams University. He had worked as a teacher and then travelled to Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Pakistan, and other countries. In 1998 he requested political asylum in London.

Second: He, may God rest his soul, was charged in the case known in the media as the Albania Veterans, and in 1999 he was sentenced in absentia to five years in prison. Moreover, his father, Hajj Hasan Ahmad, was charged in the same case and he was sentenced to one year in prison.

Third: In 1998 Usamah Hasan was detained in London for a few months. Then, he was released and granted a temporary residence permit. Next, he suddenly disappeared. In 2001, he travelled with Shaykh Muhammad Khalil al-Hakaymah, may God rest his soul, to Iran and then to Afghanistan. No news was received about him during the period from 2001 to 2011 until we received the news about his martyrdom in Afghanistan.

Fourth: He was martyred, and he is survived by his wife and three children, Abd-al-Rahman, Ruqayah, and Sharif. We do not know whether he had more children or not. His daughter Ruqayah got married to Ja'far, the son of Shaykh Muhammad al-Islambuli, may God grant him recovery from illness. Regarding his son Abd-al-Rahman, he has been living with his grandfather in Egypt for several years.

Fifth: Despite he was a member in Al-Jama'ah al-Islamiyah [the Islamic Group], his two sisters were married to two leaders in the Egyptian Jihad group led by Dr Ayman al-Zawahiri. One sister is married to Shawqi Salamah, who was sentenced to life in prison in the Albania Veterans case. Salamah is still in jail, although many Islamist prisoners were released following the Egyptian revolution of 19 Safar 1432, corresponding to 25 January 2011. The second sister is married to Tariq Anwar, who was martyred in Khost area [Province] in Afghanistan in 2001.

Sixth: His sister, Umaymah Hasan, is the wife of the jihadist Shaykh Dr Ayman al-Zawahiri. She was the wife of Tariq Anwar Sayid Ahmad, the Special Operations commander in the Jihad group. Tariq studied in the Faculty of Engineering, Ayn Shams University. In 1987 he was arrested and charged with reviving the Jihad organization. Later, he was released and then travelled and settled in Afghanistan. In 1999 Tariq was sentenced [in absentia] to death in the Albania Veterans case. In 2001, Tariq was martyred in Afghanistan. Following Tariq's death, his widow Umaymah got married to Dr Shaykh Ayman al-Zawahiri, and she is still his wife. Less than two years ago, Al-Sahab Establishment [for Media Production] published a message by Umaymah, entitled "Message to Muslim Sisters," [OSC processed this message as GMP20091217099001]. The Al-Maqrizi Center had commented on this message on 29 Dhu-al-Hijjah 1430, corresponding to 17 December 2009. [OSC processed this comment as GMP20091219535001].

Seventh: His older brother Sharif Hasan, may God rest his soul, was one of the members of the Al-Jama'ah al-Islamiyah. He received a death sentence and was executed in 1992 in the Afghanistan Veterans case.

This how our brothers have been living subjected to pursuit, exile, prison, and then death in the cause of God!

What a good life this is, despite its harshness! What a happy life this is, despite its bitterness!

What a great way to be killed and to be granted martyrdom.

This is the path, and this is how we should march on it.

When one of us is killed, he is a martyr. When he returns, he is happy. When he is captured, he is rewarded by God. Our enemy is punished by God.

O Abu-Abd-al-Rahman congratulations on being in paradise! By God, I guess you have earned it.

[Start of poetic verses:]

"He, who does not fight for his dignity, will die in shame.

"Everyone will eventually die, therefore, always fight for your dignity and live in pride."

[End of the poetic verses.]

We offer our condolences to the family of the martyr as the separation from loved ones causes anguish and heartache. We say only what pleases God as in His words: "To God we belong, and to Him is our return," [partial Koranic verse, Al-Baqarah, 2:156].

At the same time, we congratulate the martyr's family as well as the ummah [the community of Muslims worldwide] for the martyrdom of Abu-Abd-al-Rahman, Usamah Hasan, yet, we do not sanctify anyone before God. We ask Almighty God to inspire his family patience and solace, and to grant him the highest Paradise, Amen.

Al-Maqrizi Center for Historical Studies,

15 Jumada al-Awwal 1432,

18 April 2011.

[A link to the official website of the Al-Maqrizi Center for Historical Studies is provided here.]

[To view the vernacular, click here.]

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Ayman al-Zawahiris Brother-in-law Reportedly Killed in Afghanistan

GMP20110420825005 London Al-Sharq al-Awsat Online in Arabic 20 Apr 11

[Report by Muhammad al-Shafi'i from London: "Al-Zawahiri's Brother-in-Law, Leader of the Egyptian Jihad, Was Killed in Operation in Afghanistan; Scotlandyard Arrested Usamah Hasan In Operation Challenge; Hasan And Al-Hakayimah Fled London To Iran"]

The London-based Al-Maqrizi Center for Studies has revealed that an Egyptian leader of the "Islamic Group" was killed in the ongoing fighting in Afghanistan. In a statement, a copy of which was received by Al-Sharq al-Awsat yesterday, the center, which is run by Egyptian Islamist Dr Hani al-Siba'i, said that "Usamah Hasan, brother of the wife of Ayman al-Zawahiri, Usamah Bin-Ladin's deputy, was killed in Afghanistan, and that his wife and some of his sons returned to Egypt from Iran nearly two weeks ago."

Dr Hani al-Siba'i told Al-Sharq al-Awsat that Usamah Hasan was imprisoned in Iran following the US aggression against Afghanistan in 2001, and that he was among more than 100 Arab families whom the Iranian authorities put in collective detention centers in three Iranian cities. Al-Siba'i said he learned that the Iranian authorities released Usamah Hasan, nom de guerre Abu-Abd-al-Rahman, approximately seven months ago. It was then rumored that he was killed in an operation in Afghanistan.

Usamah Hasan was arrested and imprisoned in the tightly guarded Belmarsh Prison in Operation Challenge in London, which was carried out by Scotland Yard against seven Egyptian fundamentalists in August 1998. Among those arrested were the late Ibrahim Aydarus, a leader of the Egyptian Jihad, who was also wanted by the United States, Dr Hani al-Siba'i, Sayyid Mu'awwad, Sayyid Abd-al-Latif, as well as Usamah Hasan. Hasan obtained a temporary residence permit after his release. He then disappeared and suddenly traveled to Iran and Afghanistan in 2001, along with the Egyptian Jihad leader, Muhammad Khalil al-Hakayimah, nom de guerre Abu-Jihad, who founded what came to be known as "Al-Qa'ida fi ard alkinanah" [Al-Qa'ida in Egypt].

Abu-Jihad was killed in a US drone raid on Pakistan's tribal region close to the Afghan border in August 2008. Toward the end of 1990s, Abu-Jihad, his wife, and his 10 children sought refuge in Britain. The British authorities arrested him on arrival for security reasons. He stayed in prison for several months before his release.

Following the 9/11 attacks in 2001, Britain enacted laws allowing the arrest of foreigners suspected of links to Al-Qa'ida or terror. Abu-Jihad feared being targeted and arrested by a vague British law and decided to leave Britain and traveled to Iran.

Sharif Hasan, eldest brother of Usamah Hasan, 47, who was one of the cadres of the Islamic Group, was sentenced to death and the sentence was carried out in the case of the "returnees from Afghanistan in 1992. He was born in Cairo and graduated from the Ayn Shams University, the Education College, the Arabic Language Department. He worked as a teacher for a time and then left for Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Pakistan and several other countries, and finally requested political asylum in Britain in 1998.

According to Al-Maqrizi Center, Usamah Hasan was accused in the so-called "the returnees from Albania" case. Both brothers --Ayman al-Zawahiri and Muhammad al-Zawahiri -- were on the top of the list of "the returnees from Albania" case. Hasan was sentenced in absentia for five years in 1999. Usamah Hasan's father, Al-Hajj Hasan Ahmad, was also indicted in the case of "the returnees from Albania" and was sentenced to one year in prison. Usamah Hasan's news ceased from 2001 to 2011, when the center learned of his martyrdom in Afghanistan, may God have mercy on his soul.

Usamah Hasan is survived by his wife and three children-- Abd-al-Rahman, Ruqayyah, and Sharif. His daughter Ruqayyah was married to Ja'far Bin-Muhammad al-Islambuli, the brother of the killer of the late Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat. Hasan's first son, Abd-al-Rahman, has been living in Egypt with his grandfather for years.

Although Usamah Hasan was a member of the Islamic Group, both his sisters were married to two leaders of the Egyptian Jihad, notably Ayman al-Zawahiri and Muhammad al-Zawahiri. Ayman al-Zawahiri married his second wife Umaymah after his first wife Izzah Nuwayr (U m Muhammad) was killed in Qandahar at the start of attacks in Afghanistan. Umaymah Hasan had earlier been married to leader Tariq Anwar, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2001 in the Khost area. The other leader of the Egyptian Jihad, Shawqi Salamah, who was married to Usamah Hasan's second sister, was sentenced for life at hard labor in the case of "the returnees from Albania." He is still in prison in Egypt although many Islamists were released in the wake of the Egyptian revolution

Dr Al-Siba'i told Al-Sharq al-Awsat that Mrs Umaymah, Ayman al-Zawahiri's second wife, was the wife of Tariq Anwar Sayyid Ahmad, commander of the Special Operations in the Egyptian Jihad. Ahmad studied engineering at Ayn Shams University and was arrested in 1987 on charges of attempting to reestablish the Egyptian Jihad. He was later released and traveled to Afghanistan where he settled. He had been sentenced to death in the case of "the returnees from Albania" in 1999, but was killed in Afghanistan in 2001. Ayman al-Zawahiri married Ahmad's wife, Umaymah, and she is still living with him. Two years ago, the Sahab Foundation published Umaymah's thesis entitled "a Letter to the Muslim Sisters."

[Description of Source: London Al-Sharq al-Awsat Online in Arabic -- Website of influential London-based pan-Arab Saudi daily; editorial line reflects Saudi official stance. URL:]

Forum Participant Tells Story of Mujahidins' Escape From Egyptian Famous Prison

GMP20110331836002 Ansar al-Mujahidin Network in Arabic 30 Mar 11

[Article attributed to Nidal al-Arabi, user number 21937, date not given: "Story of the Strictly Guarded Abu-Za'bal Prison -Escape Story"]

Glad Tidings for Publishing: Epic of Monotheism in the Strictly Guarded Abu-Za'bal Prison: Complete Story of the Heroic Escape of the Mujahidin

Story of Well-Guarded Abu-Za'bal Prison

Escape Story

Incidents of the strictly guarded Abu-Za'bal Prison of three wards began in Ward One, which was known for accommodating those, who accepted the initiative of stopping violence, but it was the will of destiny that some of the new comers could change its conditions. Brothers repented and they changed their minds, because of the obscurity and doubts of that initiative and because it was a part of a conspiracy against them. Moreover, there were other prisoners, who did not accept it from the beginning, and one of the most prominent characters in Ward One was Shaykh Abu-Ahmad Abd-al-Rahman al-Masri, whom the State Security Investigation took from the prison to its building to accuse him, along with a number of brothers, of the case of the Al-Qidisayn [Two Saints] Church.

Ward Two was the main ward in the prison, known as the ward of anti-initiative jihadists. There were 140 brothers in this ward, and they rejected the initiative and prevented anyone who accepted it to live in the ward. The ward also accommodated a number of old brothers in the Egyptian Jihad Group, who foiled the initiative in Abu-Za'bal. This ward was known for cohesion and obedience to the ward administration. It was almost an integrated community inside the Egyptian prisons and detention camps. All aspects of life in that ward were controlled by commands, prohibitions, and permissions. The brothers formed committees in the ward to run all the affairs of the brothers inside it, and these committees were similar to community management. It was a model of the Islamic society in running its affairs. It had Shari'ah, financial, resources, information, health, ration, dispute settlement, judiciary, communications, fact finding, education, sports, and social affairs committees. Each committee had a number of sub-committees, a general shura council, and a minor shura council similar to councils of religious leaders. They also formed many departments for running the affairs of the brothers in society that only needed freedom to become a real one.

The most prominent figures inside were:

1. Usama Abd-al-Qadir (Abu-Muhammad), 55 years old, a founding member of the Al-Qa'ida Organization in 1988, one of the closest people to Shaykh Usama Bin Ladin, and one of the participants in the famous Ma'sadat al-Ansar Battle, is under detention for 18 years in the case of Tala'i al-Fatah. He is one of the most prominent steadfast figures in Egyptian prisons, who rejected Sayyid Imam's initiative. He is also one of the main jihadist leaders in prisons, along with shaykh Ahmad Salama and Muhammad al-Zawahiri. He comes from Al-Minya Governorate. He was taken to the State Security Service several times under charges of foiling the projects of Sayyid Imam's initiative and the Islamic Group in 2006.

2. Ra'fat Tunisi (Abu-Sumayyah), 50 years old; is a Shari'ah scholar and he has been in prison since 1986. He is one of the leaders of the Egyptian Jihad Group and its most prominent Shari'ah leader.

3. Muhammad Abd-al-Halim, 22 years old, is the most prominent figure in the prison, being responsible for the ward and for negotiating with the State Security and the prison management on behalf of the brothers. He was accused of having an affiliation with the Al-Qa'ida in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb [AQIM]. The Algerian intelligence handed him over to the Egyptian State Security, probably in 2009, after arresting him when he was trying to climb to the mountainous area of the Tizi Ouzou Province in the eastern part of Algeria, probably in September 2008. Muhammad Abd-al-Halim, also known in Egyptian prisons as Abu-al-Hasan, is the youngest spokesman for detainees of jihadists, Salafi jihadists, and Al-Qa'ida in Egyptian prisons. He was responsible for dealing with the prison management and State Security due to his strong character, firmness, and successful management of the crises that occurred to the brothers in prison. He was on top of the list of the persons, who contributed in preventing the State Security from presenting the initiative project to the brothers directly, and thus caused its failure.

4. Ghunaym Zaki, 45 years old, is one of the prominent members of the Al-Jihad Organization, and one of the active participants in the Afghan jihad against the Russians and the Communists. He was a member in the Ahmad Ujayzah group, but was the kind of soldier, who would not obey his amir in disobeying God. Ujayzah was on top of the list of renegades, while Ghunaym Zaki was on top of the list of those who kept their word in Abu-Za'bal Prison. He was arrested on his way back from Jordan in 1997.

5. Ashraf Ghiryani, 55 years old, is one the jihadists in Bosnia.

6. Hasan Abu-Islam, 40 years old, is one of the members of the Shura Council of the Al-Tawhid Wa al-Jihad in the Sinai Peninsula, which carried out the attacks on Taba, Dahab, and Sharm al-Shaykh. He was released after the Sharm al-Shaykh incidents, and was re-arrested around a year ago.

7. Mustafa al-Rifa'i is a member of the Jundallah Group in Egypt, charged with attempting to blow up the US Embassy in 2002. He is one of the most prominent figures in the ward due to his role in running the affairs of the brothers. He was transferred from Turah Prison because he had rejected Sayyid Imam's initiative.

Ward Three

This ward is one of the perseverant wards in Egyptian prisons. But for the presence of some people of the Al-Takfir [Wa al-Hijra Group; an Egyptian terrorist group that held the society as infidel and isolated themselves from it] inside that ward, it would have had a different chapter in the history of struggle with the apostates over what has been known as the initiative of abandoning violence. The most prominent figures in that ward are:

1. Ibrahim Shakir is one of the leaders of the Bani Siwayf group of scholars, who foiled the initiative of Sayyid Imam.

2. Ahmad Zayid is one of the members of the Palestinian Al-Tawhid and Jihad Group, whose case was used by the Egyptian Intelligence to justify the construction of the separation wall with Gaza.

Incidents began in the prison on Tuesday, 25 January, when the heroic brothers in Ward Three declared their solidarity with the revolution and controlled the ward, shouting with supporting slogans, and exclaiming "God is Great" at the ward door. This panicked the prison management, which had to call the security battalion of the Abu-Za'bal Prison to secure the prison. Brigadier General Walid Faruq, State Security officer responsible for the prisons area, State Security Officer Major Ahmad Shuman, and State Security Officer Major Ashraf Marawan of Turah Prison, arrived at the prison.

In the beginning, Brigadier General Walid Faruq called Muhammad Abd-al-Halim, who was responsible for Ward Two, at a preliminary stage to deduce the intention of Ward Two, which is the main ward because of the large number of well-organized detainees and leaders of jihad inside it, so that he [Brigadier General Faruq] would determine what to do.

The responsible brother, may God protect him, managed his dialogue with the State Security leaders without giving them any frank or convenient answer that would clarify the real stance of the ward towards any incident that might cause harm to the brothers if revealed, except for issues of creed, in which case answers were clear and firm no matter what harm may result from them. He threatened the state security that all individuals in Ward Two would intervene, if the Central Security forces [Egyptian anti-riot police] broke into Ward Three or hurt any brother inside the prison.

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