London - The sudden appearance of scores of clean-shaven, suited-and-booted American 'tourists' in the ramshackle North London suburb of Cricklewood has unexpectedly put the fugitive Egyptian organization's abandoned pizza parlor HQ firmly on the map.
Reports that Mohammed Morsi's defunct Muslim Brotherhood had regrouped in such frankly insalubrious style were hinted at last week in a statement out of Langley, Virginia confirming the CIA's assessment of the group as a terrorist bunch.
The scruffy London location is already teeming with Romanian rough sleepers, Polish street drunks and a thriving local Irish population that still remembers the GIs' Cricklewood bivouac during World War II.
Quite why the Brotherhood has chosen to base itself in this godforsaken seedy backwater remains unclear apart from dirt cheap rents and a lively ethnic mix that includes the largest concentration of former Afghan nationals this side of the Tora Bora.
Last year British police raided a local gift shop, the Afghan Novelty Emporium, and confiscated sack loads of mystery items including, apparently, 'novelty' plastic rocks for simulated lapidations. And several hundredweight of Kabul-style incense.
This weekend a NewsCorpse stringer posing as a bona fide Cricklewood tourist availed himself of a splendid view of the inside of the Muslim Brotherhood's 10ft x 12ft 'office' from the vantage point of the upper deck of the No 16 bus.
Nothing to write home about pretty much sums it up - apart from some badly erected 'surveillance equipment' attached to what might be a coffee machine.
An unmanned drone also appears to have been parked on the building's roof.