How The CIA Supported the Rise of The Muslim Caliphate and Antichrist

By Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack

Over the last two decades, every U.S. military intervention has been justified by humanitarian concerns. These occurred in areas that had been part of the Ottoman Empire and where secular regimes were replaced by Islamist ones. From bombing Serbia in support of Izetbegovic’s Muslim Regime in Bosnia in 1995 up to the so-called “Arab Spring”, none would have succeeded without American intervention. Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Iraq and Egypt, had also been part of the Ottoman Empire, and also ended up with Islamist influence or complete dominance as a result of U.S. policies.

Today, there is much talk about the rise of the Muslim Caliphate and the CIA; the latter’s former members are not immune from blame. We can even take former CIA Director James Woolsey (1993-95) as an example of someone spreading a disinformation campaign.

I met Woolsey and found him to be a fox in sheep’s clothing the moment I spoke with the man. He lauded the Sufi brand of Islam when I met him in Detroit years prior to the Arab Spring. I asked him “Indeed, if Sufi Islam is peaceful, name me the Sufi leader who promotes peace?” He responded, “Hisham Kabbani”. But before we expose both Kabbani or Woolsey, let us present a speech Woolsey gave a year or two prior to that meeting, in order to show the fox. In that speech he strongly implied that leaders of Middle Eastern countries should be toppled in order to make the Saudis and Egyptian regime of Mubarak ‘nervous’ while he neglected to explain what would fill the vacuum:

“The problem is not Islam …” bla bla bla … and note that other knucklehead, the so-called conservative, Mr. Frank Gaffney, from Center for Security Policy idiotically clapping the loudest.

All this goes to show the American naiveté in all directions. I suppose after this report here, he will no longer take my calls but no worries; I lost his number already.

Since the Arab Spring began in 2011, there have been two primary beneficiaries generally – the Muslim Brotherhood and Turkey which all analysts with half a brain would agree, desires to revive the Muslim Ottoman Caliphate.

The Brotherhood itself was founded to restore the Caliphate known as the Ottoman Empire and it was the Sufis who are at the forefront and have been working hand-in-glove with the Muslim Brotherhood toward that common goal; my repeated warnings have fallen on deaf ears for years. This is why those who supported regime change in places like Libya, Syria, Tunisia, and Egypt in 2011-2012 in both Republican and Democrat camps were so dangerous.

Woolsey hung his hat on the idea that moderate Islam exists and Sufi Islam is its face. He seemed particularly impressed by Hisham Kabbani because that slick-willy had spoken out against terrorism.

Kabbani (L) with his mentor Kibrisi (R).

Kabbani (L) with his mentor Kibrisi (R).

And just in case you are angered at my name-calling, it would be understandable that a newcomer to the Islamic threat to America could be excused for such a faux pas but a former CIA Director on whose watch the first World Trade Center bombing took place? You see, Kabbani believes and as I pointed out to Woolsey, in the return of the Mahdi and once wrote:

“Hadith indicates that black flags coming from the area of Khorasan [Iran] will signify [that] the appearance of the Mahdi is nigh. Khorasan is in today’s Iran, and some scholars have said that this Hadith means when the black flags appear from Central Asia, i.e., in the direction of Khorasan (Iran), then the appearance of the Mahdi is imminent.”

More specifically, Kabbani’s brand of Sufism is of the Naqshbandi Order, which is featured prominently on his website [1]. For some context, the diabolical Prime Minister of Turkey (soon to be President) Recep Tayyip Erdogan is from the Naqshbandi background. He is also adamant in his support of Hamas in Gaza and ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria as revealed. Evidence strongly suggests that the Hitler-loving Erdogan was actually behind last year’s chemical attack in Syria the Obama administration attempted to blame on Bashar al-Assad.

Turkey's Erdogan: A Sufi Naqshbandi aligned with Muslim Brotherhood.

Turkey’s Erdogan: A Sufi Naqshbandi aligned with Muslim Brotherhood.

Consider Kabbani’s mentor, Nazeem Kibrisi. Right in the middle of Woolsey’s tenure as CIA Director (1993-1995), Kibrisi gave a Hitler-like speech in Belgium in 1994 in which he was met with raucous approval while seated in the front row was none other than Erdogan. Kibrisi said the Ottomans will “make the world tremble again” while calling for the return of that empire, saying that the “unbelievers will be brought down to their knees”:

Anyone who buys the notion that Sufi Islam is a safe manifestation of Islam is feeding right into the desires of those who wish to see the return of the Ottoman Empire as Erdogan does. This is why it is so dangerous to seek the overthrow of leaders of Middle Eastern nation states, a predictable consequence of the Arab Spring.

Each time this happens, it strengthens Turkey, Erdogan, and the Naqshbandi Sufis whom Woolsey has lauded.

Not coincidentally, this has all coincided with the sharp rise in Christian genocide. It was the Ottomans who perpetrated the Armenian genocide holocaust that Erdogan himself denies today. We are indeed beginning to see history repeating itself as the Ottoman eggs are re-hatching. Unfortunately, there has been a culture of denial and avoidance incubating in the west for years when it comes to the desires of the Turks.

Kirbrisi and Kabbani in 1998.

Kirbrisi and Kabbani in 1998.

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Ground Zero Mosque’s Sufi Imam
But to these knuckleheads, it doesn’t matter what happens in the Middle East. All that matters is what happens in the Middle West. During the Ground Zero mosque (GZM) controversy in 2010, Woolsey was part of a team that compiled and published a comprehensive – and largely helpful – Team B II Report [2]. The report dealt extensively with Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the U.S. and the corresponding threat of Sharia law, even showing ties between the GZM and Muslim Brotherhood front groups.

However, it neglected to point out that the Imam behind it, Feisal Abdul Rauf, is a Sufi Muslim. In fact, it was us who finally broke the news in August of 2010 when published Rauf’s full Islamist Manifesto in which he expressed clearly his goal to establish a caliphate. Perhaps no other figure represents better the nexus where the Muslim Brotherhood, Sufism, and stealth jihad meet than Rauf. Yet, he was not even mentioned in the report. In 2011, Rauf told the Daily Beast about a conversation between he and Woolsey three years prior to Woolsey’s 2006 speech:

“I remember coming here in 2003 and meeting the former head of the CIA, Jim Woolsey, who told me this Muslim problem is going to take 100 years to fix,” Rauf says. “And I said it can be fixed in 10 years.”

And while Woolsey was silent about who Kabbani and Rauf really are, I was on the run being interviewed by Fox News at the time and explained exactly how dangerous Rauf is to America by reading his own words:

The word “Sufi” appears in Woolsey’s Team B II report one time and its use comports with what Woolsey told me just two years earlier:

…any Muslim individual or organization that does not embrace shariah and the MB line has not been able to gain broad recognition as a Muslim-American force in America. In- stead, they are systematically ostracized, delegitimized and, in some cases, directly threatened. We saw this in the Alamoudi network’s bid to marginalize the Islamic Supreme Council of America, a Sufi organization led by Sheikh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani who warned often about Muslim Brotherhood operations against the United States as they were being put into place.

So there you have it. Despite my warnings to Woolsey in 2008, as recently as 2010, he was still holding Kabbani up as a paragon of peace by portraying him as a victim of convicted terrorist Abdurahman Alamoudi.

Consider that one of the authors of Team B II – former FBI Agent John Guandolo – appeared on the radio show of another Team B II author – Tom Trento – last year and reported that the current head of the CIA John Brennan converted to Islam while the station chief in Saudi Arabia in the 1990’s.

As has reported, the first World Trade Center bombing is what led to Sudan being put on the U.S. State Department list of State Sponsors of Terrorism in 1993. Woolsey took his job as CIA Director just weeks prior to that bombing.

As a result, being a CIA Director, he must know all about Sudan, right? As such, he must know all about Abubaker Y. Al Shingieti, a high-ranking official in Sudan’s government from 1990-98, both before and after that country was identified as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. The same Muslim Brotherhood government in place and led by Omar al-Bashir then is still in power today. In 2014, Shingieti is a mover and a shaker… in the U.S. He holds positions of prominence with Muslim Brotherhood front groups, as has reported.

Shingieti is also very cozy around the Sufi Rauf, whom Woolsey admires. Here are the two men caught conspiring together at a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) convention:

Shingieti (L) with Feisal Abdul Rauf (R) at CFR event in 2013.

Shingieti (L) with Feisal Abdul Rauf (R) at CFR event in 2013.

Earlier this year, reported on Rauf being honored by the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD). Shingieti is the Vice President. Former National Security Adviser to Ronald Reagan – Robert “Bud” McFarlane – was in attendance. Evidence strongly suggests – presented by – that McFarlane inked a deal with the government of Qatar to assist in an Obama administration effort to have Sudan removed from the terrorism list.

Obama’s brother Malik Obama is closely connected to the government of Sudan through his work as Executive Secretary of the Islamic Da’wa Organization (IDO).

Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Woolsey serves as the current Chairman of a group known as Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). It is noteworthy that McFarlane is identified as one of FDD’s “distinguished advisors”. As we’ve demonstrated above, McFarlane is not qualified to be such an advisor.

Former Reagan Nat'l Security Advisor McFarlane applauds Ground Zero mosque imam at ICRD event on May 30, 2014.

Former Reagan Nat’l Security Advisor McFarlane applauds Ground Zero mosque imam at ICRD event on May 30, 2014.

We are quite familiar with FDD. Last year, Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross attempted to dismiss our findings by finagling the Arabic in a video during the Benghazi attack showing that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt was involved. Quite curiously, Gartenstein-Ross downplayed such findings by acknowledging the involvement of… wait for it… a Muslim Brotherhood group from Egypt – the Jamal Network – in those attacks:

Here is a screen shot of the FDD website which features and promotes Gartenstein-Ross (far left) and McFarlane (far right):

Gartenstein-Ross and McFarlane promoted by FDD.

Gartenstein-Ross and McFarlane promoted by FDD.

In the days after last year’s chemical attack in Syria, FDD President Clifford May and Executive Director Mark Dubowitz were signatories to a letter to Barack Obama that carelessly urged him to launch “military strikes against the pillars of the Assad regime” and to arm “moderate elements”.

The thinking can’t get any stupider than this.

But it gets even worse. Since that time, as has sufficiently demonstrated, the chemical attack was not perpetrated by Assad (as FDD and others claimed) but such strikes would have greatly benefited… you guessed it… Turkey.


Sufi in Syria
Another sign that Woolsey’s history of touting Sufi ‘moderates’ is shared by others can be found in Syria. The Obama administration has been hard at work for years now in an attempt to aid the Syrian rebels, as has Woolsey! A figure the administration pushed to be the face of the opposition was a Sufi Muslim named Ahmed Muaz Al-Khatib Alhassani. As reported, this continued after the Benghazi attacks that resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. In fact, it was Stevens’ Syrian counterpart Robert Ford who aggressively led this effort.

Khatib’s replacement Ahmad Jarba has a checkered past as has reported. Perhaps more important is that if Woolsey’s premise that Sufi leaders are the path to peace, why is the U.S. supporting a Sunni to lead the opposition coalition in Syria?

Skype Sex Scandal
Earlier this year, reported on a skype sex scandal involving a woman named Medea Daghestani and Free Syrian Army (FSA) commander Abdul Razzaq Tlas, who later fled to… Turkey. It was Daghestani who, a few months prior to her skype sex, met with then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Istanbul. While Reuters identified Daghestani as a “Syrian activist”, the sex scandal pointed to something more sinister.

Middle East media confirmed the scandal, which Tlas confessed was true, and included this photo of Daghestani. Once translated, the Arabic in this below photo reads:

“Medea Daghestani sent photos to Abdul Razzaq Tlas from her base in Turkey.”

From her base in Turkey?

Medea Daghestani

Medea Daghestani

It is worth noting that the mentor to Kibrisi was a man named Abdullah Daghestani. Essentially, he was to Kibrisi what Kibrisi was to Kabbani, the same Kabbani touted by Woolsey.

Abdullah Daghestani (L) and a much younger Kibrisi (R).

Abdullah Daghestani (L) and a much younger Kibrisi (R).

It is not known how close familial ties are between Medea and Abdullah but what is known is that after Jarba replaced Khatib, he hired Medea Daghestani as a Public Relations specialist, as reported.

Khatib’s Sufi Solidarity with Muslim Brotherhood
Despite Khatib being Sufi, he has shown tremendous solidarity with the Muslim Brothehrood and with Turkey. Here is Khatib sharing a baby-holding photo-op with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, whom many nominate as a candidate for anti-Christ:

Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib Alhassani (R) and Turkish PM Erdogan (L).

Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib Alhassani (R) and Turkish PM Erdogan (L).

In this photo, Khatib is meeting with Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu:

Al-Khatib (R) in Cairo with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Al-Khatib (R) in Cairo with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Here is Khatib in Cairo standing with and holding the hand of Syrian Sunni Bassam Estwani, former chairman of the notorious Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, VA.

Ahmed Muaz Al-Khatib Alhassani (L) with Bassam Estwani (R) in Cairo.

Ahmed Muaz Al-Khatib Alhassani (L) with Bassam Estwani (R) in Cairo.

During a trip to Istanbul in September of 2012, Estwani rubbed elbows with Davutoglu as well:

Estwani (R) and Turkey's Foreign Minister Davutoglu in Istanbul during September, 2012 conference.

Estwani (R) and Turkey’s Foreign Minister Davutoglu in Istanbul during September, 2012 conference.

Dar al-Hijrah and First World Trade Center Attack
The first World Trade Center attack occurred on the watches of President Bill Clinton and none other than his CIA Director James Woolsey. There was Sudanese involvement in the attack, which made it a CIA matter generally and a Woolsey matter specifically.

However, in 1995, Woolsey would have known that the Dar al-Hijrah mosque – which would later be visited by no fewer than two 9/11 hijackers, Fort Hood jihadist Nidal Malik Hasan; and led by an Imam named Anwar al-Awlaki – hired Mohammed al-Hanooti as an Imam as reported. Al-Hanooti was an unindicted co-conspirator in the WTC bombing and hired by Estwani. Al-Hanooti served as an imam at Dar al-Hijrah for four years.

Perhaps more disturbing are the powerful politicians with whom Estwani was able to curry favor. Shockingly, two of those politicians include Bill and Hillary Clinton all during the time that al-Hanooti was serving as an Imam in Estwani’s mosque. If anyone should be outraged with the Clintons, it should be Woolsey. Yet, he remains silent on this connection (a Google search of Woolsey and Estwani points you solely to our work). Whether a conscious factor or not, this has the effect of protecting Woolsey’s former boss – Bill Clinton.

Estwani meets with Bill and Hillary Clinton in White House.

Estwani meets with Bill and Hillary Clinton in White House.

When people like Woolsey champion Sufi Muslims, they are facilitating the restoration of the Ottoman Empire. These same Sufi Muslims use the Muslim Brotherhood – a willing participant group – to work toward that goal. In the 2006 video of Woolsey above, he expressed a desire to make the Saudis and Hosni Mubarak ‘nervous’. This was music to the ears of exactly two entities – the nation of Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood.

As recently reported, Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney (Ret.) recently told Fox News when discussing the Caliphate declared by ISIS that Turkey would not allow it and that Turkey would be home to the only Caliphate. He then backpedaled, saying he didn’t think that would ever happen.

Just last year, Woolsey was featured prominently in a book and DVD designed to warn people about the dangers of disinformation. Ironically, when it comes to Sufism, he’s part of advancing the Sufi agenda.

Appendix: Three other Team B II Figures
Not long after the release of the Team B II report, we sponsored a memorial even in remembrance of the one year anniversary of the victims of the Fort Hood jihadist attack one year earlier in Killeen, TX not far from Post and we wasted some good money to have Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin (one of two Team Leaders of Team B II) give the keynote address. After all, Boykin spent time working for the CIA in the 1990’s.

During the speech, Boykin made the claim that “Islam is not at war with Christianity or Judaism” and that America’s enemies are comprised of “radical people who are following the exact dictates of the Qur’an”:

If Islam was not the causer of the war, than who produced the Quran which causes the war? Boykin did not know a lick about Islam or his Bible which he touted to teach Bible Prophecy alongside Tim Lahaye who still thinks that Antichrist is some European Union leader.

Another figure involved in Team B II also has many years with the CIA under her belt is Center for Security Policy Vice President Clare Lopez who reported, twice last year, she attempted to discredit our work on an Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood connection to Benghazi and the Syrian chemical attacks. She was wrong as the evidence mounted that chemical attacks were not launched by Bashar al-Assad but by the rebels so that Assad could be blamed. With the passage of time, we have been – and continue to be – vindicated in both instances.

Of course, CSP President Frank Gaffney can be seen in the 2006 video with Woolsey applauding in adamant support of a strategy that has ultimately resulted in the strengthening of Turkey, the Muslim Brotherhood, the Caliphate, and the Antichrist.

The stupidity will continue and we will make sure to report on it.

[1] Hisham Kabbani website:

[2] Team B II report:

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