Mostafa Hamid.. Al-Qaeda historian with Tehran Syndrome

From his place in Iran.. he’s tryingMustafa HamedNicknamed the “historian of al-Qaeda,” he drew attention with statements exposing his relations with Tehran, as one of the leaders of the militants.

Days after the killing of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in an American missile strike in Kabul, Hamid attacked the Doha agreements, including the demand of the Taliban group to sever its ties completely with al-Qaeda, considering that the killing of al-Zawahiri in Kabul is a major conspiracy, claiming that the operation is part of cutting the new Silk Road. for China.
Who is Mustafa Hamid and what is his relationship with Iran?

To answer this question, Dr. Dalal Mahmoud, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University, said that Mustafa Hamed was part of Iran’s relationship with Al-Qaeda, and this is not new to him. Some of the leaders of al-Qaeda.

At first, it was a reservation to deal withIranAs a Shiite, but the response that Mustafa Hamed was giving in order to bring the distances closer is that Islam is the origin and the doctrine is the branch, and Iran is working to spread the origin, and the existence of an Islamic state.

Mustafa Hamed’s relationship with Iran is one of the most controversial points in the life of this man, and he says that he was forced to enter Iran and was almost killed while crossing the border with a group of the Mujahideen of the Tajik Renaissance Party, during his escape from the invaders in 2001, after which he was arrested in Iran for about 10 years until he left it. With his family to Egypt in 2011 after his release.

But this narrative is fragmented and distorted. The man was the link between the Iranian regime and the jihadist groups in Afghanistan, and he was able to develop strong relations with the two parties and became an acceptable mediator between them.

How did the Tehran syndrome lead Mustafa Hamid to return to the bosom of Iran?
Symptoms of Tehran Syndrome

His return to Iran again came as a shock to all observers. In late September 2016, Mustafa Hamed left Egypt for Qatar and from there he returned to Iran. Who set up the world and did not sit in it in order to save them from Iranian captivity?!.

Hamed holds the responsibility of his arrest in Iran with other leaders in 2001 to the Arab mujahideen in Afghanistan, and it is possible that he believes that their non-compliance with the instructions created an opportunity to pursue them by the security forces, and also created an opportunity to combat them by the United States, and thus the process of chasing leaders forced Iran to put an end to So as not to become the other target of this struggle.

Mustafa Hamid’s attack on Salafi jihadism

Another controversial position is his attack on Jihadi Salafism. On December 8, 2021, he wrote an article entitled “The Position of Arab Salafism on the Islamic Emirate,” in which he fiercely attacked members of al-Qaeda who still support its second emir, Ayman al-Zawahiri, without even naming them. He contented himself with calling them “Arab Salafism,” accusing them of trying to attribute the Taliban’s victory to them and thus posing a threat to its government. He warned against the jihadists’ resort to provocatively in Afghanistan after the Taliban came to power in August 2021, without coordinating with the movement or taking into account the sensitivity of its position.

Dr. says. Dalal Mahmoud said that Hamid’s accusations of jihadist Salafism stem from two things: the first is that the organizations that follow Salafi jihadism, including al-Qaeda and then ISIS, with their irresponsible behavior, forced the major countries to attack them, and from his point of view, if they had joined the Taliban in its first period of rule during the nineties, he could have achieved A central, global Islamic state, and a major point of contention was between him and the leaders of al-Qaeda, from Osama bin Laden to the later leaders. He believed that if al-Qaeda had pledged allegiance to the Taliban or dissolved itself to become the global organization, it would have united the jihad movement in the world.

It is not possible to talk about Mustafa Hamid without addressing his close relationship with Saif al-Adl, a prominent leader in al-Qaeda and the first candidate to succeed al-Zawahiri in the organization’s emirate. Saif al-Adl married Asmaa, the daughter of Mustafa Hamid.

In this regard, says Dr. Dalal Mahmoud said that Mustafa Hamed’s writings were full of expressions of admiration for Saif al-Adl, starting with the fact that he was his son-in-law and the husband of his eldest daughter Asma, also the enthusiasm he found in Saif al-Adl, and on more than one occasion he spoke about the beginnings of their acquaintance as Saif al-Adl was carrying out an action against some of the dissident al-Qaeda leaders or Those who disagree with the opinion would not have caused any harm, and thus he found a young man with the qualities of a leader and zeal for jihad, and who has a project to establish a central Islamic state and has the ability to do so, and therefore he is identical with Mustafa Hamid on the intellectual level.

How did the Tehran syndrome lead Mustafa Hamid to return to the bosom of Iran?

Looking at the story of Mustafa Hamid, and his arrest and his family in Iran, his return to Egypt after numerous demands for his release , and his voluntary return to Iran after that, it becomes clear that this man is an integral part of the association between Al-Qaeda and Iran despite the ideological difference Between them, and that he is the most deserving of the title of the first patient with Tehran Syndrome.