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Brotherhood Document Blames Israel, Iran, Gulf for Egypt Coup

An internal Muslim Brotherhood document blames external forces for Egypt's coup without noting a single error by Mohammed Morsi.
A member of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporter of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi rests at a field hospital in Rabaa Adawiya Square, where they are camping, in Nasr City, east of Cairo August 7, 2013. Egypt's interim prime minister Hazem el-Beblawi said on Wednesday the government had not retreated from its decision to break up two Cairo sit-ins by supporters of Mursi and its patience had nearly expired. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh  (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTX12CYT

Muslim Brotherhood supporters around the world are still in shock after a military coup in Egypt ousted the first Muslim Brotherhood president of the largest Arab country. One month after the group’s brief political experience in governance was brought to an end, the Brotherhood’s leadership and base have still not awoken from their stupor.

Al-Monitor obtained a copy of the group’s first internal analysis document, which the Brotherhood began to circulate in recent days. The document was written by 75-year-old Mohammed Ahmed Rashed, an Iraqi national who is considered the group’s top planner and theorist. Although he occupies no official post in the organization, Brotherhood members place him alongside Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Brotherhood’s spiritual father and reference. Rashed is also perhaps on par with Mohammed Badie, the organization’s supreme guide.

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