Egypt Brotherhood Threatens 'Intifada' amid Clashes

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CAIRO -- The Egyptian military released video Tuesday it said supported its claim that members of the Muslim Brotherhood fired on its soldiers in an attack that left 50 dead and hundreds wounded.

"We were assigned to secure the Republican Guard headquarters and suddenly early morning we found motorcyclists firing at us and some of us were hurt," an Egyptian military commander explained.

But the Muslim Brotherhood says the army planned the assault to break up their protests to reinstate Mohammed Morsi. The group threatened to launch an intifada (armed uprising) in reaction to the violence.

Whatever happened in Monday's incident, some fear the clashes between the Muslim Brotherhood and the army might be just the first of many.

It's unlikely Morsi will ever be reinstated and the Muslim Brotherhood will not give up their goals. But for most Egyptians, after one year of rule under the Muslim Brotherhood, they saw a different future.

"They saw a black future, I believe so," Freddy Benjamin, leader of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, told CBN News. "They saw the future of Afghanistan. They saw the future of Pakistan."

Benjamin says the Muslim Brotherhood has its own agenda.

"The Muslim Brotherhood mainly, they are based on a very rock solid ideology, which is building the Islamic caliphate, okay," he said. "This is their main strategy and their main target.  It will never change."

"The tactics may change to achieve this goal, but the strategy will never change," he explained. "They are intolerant. They will use democracy to kill democracy." 

The Muslim Brotherhood began in 1928 and spawned most of today's major terror groups, including al Qaeda and Hamas.

Benjamin says just one year of rule under the Muslim Brotherhood sent 33 million Egyptians to the streets on June 30, the biggest political protest in human history. He says that's why many want to send a message to the Obama administration who they believe has supported the Muslim Brotherhood.

"Brother Muslims are completely against democracy.  They are against human rights (and) woman's rights," Dr. Emad Nasr Zikri, an Egyptian physician, told CBN News. "They don't believe in freedom of speech, freedom of belief, freedom of religion. They don't believe all this. That's what many Egyptians want to convey to the Obama administration." 

Many Egyptians feel the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood is a key part of the global war on terror.
Meanwhile, the White House says it will not cut off aid to Egypt and here in Egypt, the interim government says new elections are planned for next year.

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