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The Brotherhood

Spreading fundamentalist Islam - but does the Muslim Brotherhood also support terrorism?

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The Muslim Brotherhood is a secretive, international movement dedicated to the spread of a fundamental version of Islam throughout the world - but is it also offering support and encouragement to terrorists?

Award winning Newsweek journalists Mark Hosenball and Michael Isikoff investigate a movement that preaches peaceful co-existence but also supports suicide bombings in Israel and offers inspiration for many violent jihadi groups.

Hosenball and Isikoff travel to Germany – on the trail of Mamoun Darkazanli, a Brotherhood sympathizer who's been linked to two major terrorist attacks against the West, and to Osama bin Laden himself.  But he's still living freely in Hamburg.

They follow the terrorist money trail, meeting Youssef Nada, one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s most intriguing personalities. Nada once traveled the world meeting foreign leaders for the Brotherhood. Now he’s been condemned by President Bush as a terrorist financier. His businesses have been shut down, his assets frozen and UN sanctions prevent him from even leaving his country.

Mark Hosenball, Mike Isikoff with Youssef Nada

Mark Hosenball, Mike Isikoff with Youssef Nada

Back home in the United States, Hosenball and Isikoff uncover the secret life of Abdulrahman Alamoudi, an influential Brotherhood supporter described as an ‘expert in the art of deception’ by an FBI insider. Appearing as a radical to his supporters but a moderate to everyone else, Alamoudi succeeded in reaching the highest levels of the US Government: currying favors from US Presidents while attending meetings with terrorist leaders and getting involved in a political assassination plot.

In the end the question becomes – should the United States engage or shun the Muslim Brotherhood?

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