Muslim Brotherhood America's Next Great Enemy?

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The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is on its heels after the recent military coup that displaced Mohammed Morsi as president and saw several Brotherhood leaders arrested.

Elsewhere, however, the Brotherhood continues to thrive. From Germany to Britain to America, the Brothers maintain a well-established network that seeks to undermine host societies and establish Islamic Sharia law.

Germany is the birth place of radical Islam in the West. It was at the Islamic Center of Munich that the Muslim Brotherhood first established a presence in the West and spread its tentacles throughout Europe and the United States.

CBN News recently spoke with two Muslim leaders in Europe with ties to the Brotherhood for their insight on how the group operates. Ibrahim el-Zayat has been closely involved with various Islamism organizations in Germany, while Anas al-Tikriti heads the Cordoba Foundation in Great Britain.

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Al-Tikriti's father, Osama, is the former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Iraq.

"The local Muslim Brotherhood movements in the various countries, they're extremely contextualized," al-Tikriti said. "They're very, very local thinking. They operate according to their local constraints."

In 2008, British Prime Minister David Cameron, then leading the British parliament, called the Cordoba Foundation "a front for the Muslim Brotherhood" in Great Britain.

Al-Tikriti denied the charge.

"The Cordoba Foundation isn't a front for the Muslim Brotherhood," al-Tikriti told CBN News. "We're an independent organization. My links to the Muslim Brotherhood are extremely well-known. "First of all, I'm the son of Osama al-Tikriti. He was, for many years, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Iraq."

El-Zayat has faced similar charges of Brotherhood involvement.

In 2005, a German parliamentarian called him a "functionary of the Muslim Brotherhood" - a claim also leveled by the Egyptian government under Hosni Mubarak.

 El-Zayat denied the connection but praised the Brotherhood as an Islamic reform movement. He told CBN News that Islamic nations should seek to gain more influence through the United Nations and other international bodies.

El-Zayat worked toward that agenda for years as part of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe, widely considered as the Muslim Brotherhood's European lobbying arm.

CBN News visited the group's headquarters in a run-down neighborhood of Brussels only to be told that no one from the organization was there who could talk to us. It's another piece of the Brotherhood's often murky puzzle.

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Erick Stakelbeck

Erick Stakelbeck

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Erick Stakelbeck is a sought after authority on terrorism and national security issues with extensive experience in television, radio, and print media. Stakelbeck is a correspondent and terrorism analyst for CBN News.  Follow Erick on Twitter @Staks33.