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Muslim Brotherhood Charity Investing in Somalia

September 20, 2011

Or so it appears, according to this Kuwaiti media report:

Kuwait relief aid effort is continuing in Somalia despite the harsh conditions, said the head of the International Islamic Charitable Organization (IICO) Dr. Abdullah Al-Matouq on Wednesday. He told KUNA that the IICO delegation had returned to Somalia to deliver relief aid to some 200,000 Somalis affected by the drought and hunger hitting the Horn of Africa region.

The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report has a good narrative on the relationship between the IICO and the Brotherhood:

The IICO lists branches in the MIddle East, Africa, and in Asia and as late as 2008, the U.S. IICO branch was listed at the same address in Herndon, Virginia as the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), an important part of the US Muslim Brotherhood. An earlier post reported that the directors and advisors of IIIT attended a general Assembly meeting of the IICO.

The IICO’s Palestine Charity Committee sends its funds through “zakat committees” in the Palestinian territories, many of which are linked to Hamas. The Swiss office of the Islamic “charity” Human Appeal is also registered at the same address in Geneva as the IICO. Human Appeal has also been linked to Hamas funding and is one of the members, along with the IICO, of the Union of Good. The Union of Good is a worldwide coalition of charities headed by global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi which has been designated as a terrorist entity by the U.S.  and Israel in connection with its funding of Hamas.

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