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Sudan remains on terrorism list despite US promises


August 18, 2011 (WASHINGTON) – The United States on Thursday kept Sudan’s name on its list of states that sponsor terrorism a day after a senior official in Khartoum anticipated that his country’s designation will be rescinded.

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President Barack Obama walks toward Marine One while departing the White House on August 18, 2011 in Washington, DC. President Obama is traveling to Martha’s Vineyard to vacation with his family (AFP)

In an annual congressionally mandated report, the US State Department said that Sudan “remained a cooperative partner in global counterterrorism efforts against al-Qa’ida (AQ) in 2010”.

“During the past year, the Government of Sudan worked actively to counter AQ operations that posed a potential threat to U.S. interests and personnel in Sudan. Sudanese officials have indicated that they viewed continued cooperation with the United States as important and recognized the potential benefits of U.S. training and information-sharing”.

The report also acknowledged that Khartoum has taken steps to limit the activities of foreign terrorist groups within Sudan and to disrupt foreign fighters’ use of Sudan as a logistics base and transit point for violent extremists going to Iraq.

Furthermore, Washington said there is little evidence to support allegations made last year that Khartoum provided support to the Ugandan Lord Resistance Army (LRA).

The guerrilla group that is known for their abduction of child soldiers and extreme brutality, sought refuge in South Sudan during the two-decades civil war.

But following the Sudan peace accord, the government in the South said it cut off Khartoum’s supply lines to the LRA so the Ugandan rebels moved north to Khartoum-controlled territory in Darfur to get resupplied.

The Washington-based Enough Project also said in 2010 that it found evidence that LRA units had relocated to Darfur.

However the US administration said that terrorist groups including “al-Qa’ida-inspired terrorists remained in Sudan as gaps remained in the Sudanese government’s knowledge of and ability to identify and capture these individuals as well as prevent them from exploiting the territory for smuggling activities”.

“Some evidence suggested that individuals who actively participated in the Iraqi insurgency have returned to Sudan, and may be in a position to use their expertise to conduct attacks within Sudan or to pass on their knowledge. Sudanese officials continued to view Hamas members as representatives of the Palestinian Authority. Hamas members conducted fundraising in Sudan, and Palestine Islamic Jihad (PIJ) maintained a presence in Sudan”.

Today’s report also noted that Sudan took steps to meet international standards in combating money laundering and terrorist financing.

“The most significant achievement was passage of the Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Act of 2010, approved by the Council of Ministers in January 2010 and ratified by Parliament in June 2010. Sudan continued its cooperation with the U.S. government in investigating financial crimes related to terrorism”.

Sudan has been intensively lobbying the US so it can be removed from the terrorism list. Many officials in the ruling party feel that they alienated their Islamic base by cooperating with Washington in areas like Somalia and Iraq without getting anything in return.

The Obama administration announced earlier this year that it initiated the process of delisting Sudan to reward Khartoum for facilitating the South’s referendum and later recognizing its results.

The de-listing process however, appears to have been stalled by clashes that erupted in South Kordofan between the Sudanese army and Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) units as well Khartoum’s military takeover of Abyei which is a contested oil-producing region that lies on the border between Sudan and South South.

The US State Department added Sudan to its state terror list in 1993, accusing Khartoum of harboring local and international militants including for a time AQ leader Osama bin Laden.

Countries on the list of state sponsors of terrorism cannot receive US aid or buy US weapons and a raft of restrictions on financial and other dealings. The list currently includes Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria.

Yesterday Sudan’s foreign minister Ali Karti Karti told the pro-government Al-Rayaam newspaper that Sudan has been under US monitoring for the last six months in according with relevant laws that require certification that the East African nation does not support terrorist groups.

The Sudanese top diplomat said that the evaluation and assessment process by Washington is now complete.

“The recommendations have now been completed and submitted and 15 days are left from today so the picture becomes clear….This issue will be presented for a decision from the [US] president and then it will be reviewed whether this should be presented to [US] Congress,” Karti said.

The Country Reports on Terrorism was published late, more than three months after its April 30 due date, at which time US law requires the secretary of state to provide Congress a full report about countries and groups deemed to be implicated in terrorism.


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  • 19 August 2011 03:50, by DANDHEL

    wether Khartoum done good enough to let the people of South go for the sake of being removed from the terrorist list still not.

    Hahaha what funny shit. you ( Khartoum )will forever and ever remind there in the terrorist list No turning back .

    You just ignored Washington for not fulfilling their promise to you guys of what so called removing Khartoum form the list of terrorist ..

    There are many fail promises said by Khartoum to the people of the South so why not Washington give them fail promises as well TIT FOR TAT.

    15 days said by their FM to get clear message of being removed from the list of terrorist is now response by Washington in just least than a half day. Good job done by Washington.

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    • 19 August 2011 08:17, by Diu J.Kuek

      Sudan must remain on terrorism list Khartoum government not do more enough to stop human right violation; genocide has been committed in the Western Sudan Darfur Region Sudan Government refused to cooperate with ICC. reccently innocents civilians were killed in Abyei Area and the inflicting of great damage as mass killing going on now in Southern Kordufan.Sudan should not be remove from the terrorism list let it feel with the pain of their action.
      Khartoum still upto now smuggling arms weapon to the Hams terrorists.

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      • 19 August 2011 13:34, by jacob mayen ajuoi

        event the khartoum govement will fail down

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  • 19 August 2011 04:24, by Khartoum92

    Being in the US terrorism list is irrelevant now that the US is not a such powerful country, China is set to overtake the US within few years if it hasn’t already. The Obama administration is very stupid they are not thinking ahead and believe me they are gonna dearly regret this. Sudan doesn’t get anything from the US nore will it get anything from the US even if it was removed from the List that list is irrelevant now many countries that are in that list are striving including Sudan.

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    • 19 August 2011 05:39, by Ahmed Chol


      You people in Khartoum promote yourselves to be on the list of terrorists every year. This year you have terrorized

      1)Abyei by bombing and burning down their little huts
      2)Kordofan by bombing and Bashir said he will go after everyone hill by hill
      3)Darfur by using janjaweed
      4)Blue Nile by threatening them

      Your quest to solve all problems with military power will bring destruction to Khartoum. Seek peace and peace will find you.

      Ahmed Chol, whatever begins in anger, ends in shame

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      • 19 August 2011 14:20, by Nhomlawda

        A Terrorist is a terrorist, Khartoum is governed by terrorists and they must remain in their terrorists list.

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    • 19 August 2011 14:46, by Luka Manyuon

      Mr President Obama list its apaper that can destroyed any time where is your power? not khartoum alone every Presidents have adopted multipracties need to be terrorist have you see that? show your power to young Generations of the wolrd wide

      Luka Manyuon Gai

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  • 19 August 2011 05:59, by Ngailo

    Even if China take over economic power, the USA will remain in charge of world’s security matters. So if you are enrolled in blacklist then you loss trade benefits. Ask Bashir how painful it is to be in the blacklist of terrorists.

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  • 19 August 2011 06:02, by Sundayw

    Khartoum will never get off the list of terrorist sponsors as long as it keeps terrorizing its own citizens in Darfur and Nuba Mountains.

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  • 19 August 2011 09:22, by Sam.Eto

    Is this editor drunk - these are 2 separate stories. The decision on dilisting will be in15 days. The report you talk about is a year old. This is very poor journalism - it is bias and one sided and a lie. Shame on you ST. You are low class - pray and wish all you want - It will come off that list.

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  • 19 August 2011 09:23, by mohammed ali

    Hatred,megalomenia and ignorance , the triology of self-destruction!

    You people should speak proportional to your size, importance and significance!

    You talk as if you are the 53 state of the USA.As if the US is going to take permission from you to run it’s policy. Wait just one or two years... you will be completely forgotten!

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    • 19 August 2011 09:46, by Khartoum92

      Give it one year believe and go ask Obama and their corrupt congress where is South Sudan in the map hahah

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      • 19 August 2011 11:17, by Deng Gau

        Sudan must be in the list of the countries supporting terrorism.
        In 1992 Osama bin Laden was in Khartoum at monshia area near Al Turabi’s house , can you deny that so that i tell and discribe to you even the building where Bin ladin was living?
        Stupid Khartoum leaders.
        Reamin in the list for ever.
        Bashir must face the icc in the crimes committied in Darfur, South Kordufan and South Sudan.
        If US is not influencing international politics, then Why are you crying every day demanding the removal from USA blacklisted States.

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    • 20 August 2011 07:36, by Thon Anyaar

      Say 51 st. states, US don’t have 52 or 53 states, it has only 50 states. If you want to be that sarcastic then you should get your facts right.
      Speak according to our size?! our size is as big as who ever you think.

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  • 19 August 2011 12:04, by triple A

    KEEP up Mr. obama you are the only man that all the Arab will in the world will vow down to worship simply because of the lesson they learn from you tactics of tracing Osama Bin Laden.

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  • 19 August 2011 13:25, by philipdit wol

    I wishes Obama administration would keep promise But nevertheles up Bashir not ever day is Sunday.

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