UK launches review of Muslim Brotherhood

LONDON – British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a review into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.K.

“The Muslim Brotherhood has risen in prominence in recent years, but our understanding of the organization, its philosophy and values, has not kept pace with this. Given the concerns now being expressed about the group and its alleged links to violent extremism, it’s absolutely right and prudent that we get a better handle of what the Brotherhood stands for, how they intend to achieve their aims and what that means for Britain,” a spokesman said.

The review will look at the government’s policy towards the organization and its impact on the U.K.'s national security and foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East. It is to be headed up by Britain’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Sir John Jenkins and completed preferably before Parliament breaks for its annual summer recess.

Saudi Arabia and Egypt have both designated the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization and recent reports have suggested members of the organization have fled to the U.K. to escape supression in these countries.

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