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US, Gulf leaders divided over terrorist designation for Brotherhood

Reports from the United States, based on leaks from numerous government sources, suggest the Trump administration is wrestling with its ideological commitment to designate Al-Ikhwan Al-Muslimeen (the Muslim Brotherhood or MB) as a terrorist organisation. Many officials are anxious to ensure that any ramifications are given real thought beforehand. However, President Donald Trump’s chief strategist and National Security Council Principals Committee member Steve Bannon is among those in the administration determined to proceed with a full designation.

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