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Muslim Brotherhood expands westward
by Magdi Abdelhadi
When Egyptian school teacher Hassan al-Banna founded the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928 to teach his fellow Egyptians how to re-discover their Muslim identity and fight British control, he probably never thought that 80 years later, his organisation would have the global reach it has today.
Al-Banna was assassinated in 1949 by government agents in retaliation for members of his group killing the prime minister.
A few years later, a failed assassination attempt on then President Gamal Abdel Nasser provoked a major crackdown on the organisation, forcing many of its members to flee Egypt.
Some went to the Gulf, others fled to the West.
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