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Sudan and Regional Stability

March 2013

  • Sudan’s Muslim brotherhood regime, since coming to power by coup d’etat in 1989, has allied with a great number of the terrorists groups operating in Africa and the Middle East
  • Since the early months of the regime in 1989, Iran has been a patron of Khartoum
  • Sudan smuggles Iranian weapons to Hamas in the Gaza Strip
  • The most recent conflict in November 2012 was precipitated by the influx of Iranian-made Fajr 5 rockets, which had been stockpiled and then smuggled from Sudan.
  • Iran distributes arms from Sudan making Sudan the third largest arms producing country in Africa
  • Iran’s navy has visited Sudan’s  Red Sea coast on multiple occasions, raising suspicions that Khartoum has agreed to establish an Iranian Naval base
  • Sudan is designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism by the US State Department
  • The US Treasury maintains sanctions against Sudan for its terrorist status
  • The regime of Omar al-Bashir has been at war with the non-Arab peoples in Sudan’s south and western territories
  • Sudan has been unwilling to put an end to its civil conflicts, despite severe international pressure
  • For the violence it has perpetrated against the peoples of the South and West, Omar al Bashir has been indicted by the ICC for war crimes
  • Since the independence of South Sudan, North Sudan has been in a deep economic crisis because of lost oil revenues
  • Sudan’s proximity to the Arab world allows it to serve has a dangerous bridge for Islamist ideology to Sub Sahara Africa and North Africa
  • Sudan borders nine African countries, all of which are also susceptible to instability brought upon by the regime in Khartoum