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Bashir says Sudan to seek advanced weaponry to counter-attack Israel

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November 8, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s president Omer Al-Bashir has revealed that his country will seek to acquire “advanced” attack weaponry to answer repeated Israeli attacks “tit for tat.”

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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir addresses military soldiers in Heglig April 23, 2012 (REUTERS)

Al-Bashir made the comment in a speech he delivered on Thursday to members of the Sudanese community in the Saudi capital Riyad, where he arrived four days ago and underwent an operation described by state media as “minor and successful” to remove a Lipoma in his larynx.

The Sudanese president addressed the issue of the airstrike that hit Al-Yarmook military factory in the capital Khartoum in late October. Sudan says the airstrike was conducted by Israeli jet fighters but the Jewish state, which sees East African Muslim country as an ally of its top enemy Iran and a conduit of arms smuggling to the Hamas-controlled Gaza strip, has neither confirmed nor denied its responsibility for the attack.

It is widely believed that Israel carried out at least two airstrikes in eastern Sudan against in 2009 and 2011 targets involved in arms smuggling. Sudan always reserved the right to respond in kind, including in the latest case of Al-Yarmook, but never did.

Al-Bashir said that Sudan has basically two options to deal with this pesky problem. The first, he said, is to normalize relations with Israel but he quickly dismissed this option saying “Israel is the Zionist enemy and Israel will remain the enemy”

He went on to say that the second option is for Sudan to acquire military capabilities enabling it to “answer tit for tat”

Al-Bashir acknowledged that his country’s failure to defend against the attack or detect the jet fighters raised a lot of questions. He justified this failure by saying that the high-technology Israel acquired from the US prevented detection of its jet fighters and therefore rendered Sudan’s air defense systems “useless”

“The jets that carried out the incursion on Khartoum and hit the [Yarmook] complex are F-15 fighters. They are American-made jet fighters known for a long time but they recently added to them a new technology that makes no radar capable of detecting it”

Al-Bashir concluded his remark on the subject by reiterating that normalizing relations with Israel is a “red-line” and that the Jewish state will remain Sudan’s top enemy. “They beat us today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, Israel will always be the enemy to us”

Health controversy

The Sudanese leader spoke in a loud and clear voice as to dispel rumors that his health situation no longer allows him to talk. State media reported this week that Al-Bashir underwent a minor surgery in Al-Riyad to remove a lipoma on his throat amid rumors that the 68-year-old ruler has been diagnosed with a terminal disease.

In his speech Al-Bashir said “I reassure you that I am in perfect health and I am not experiencing any side-effects from a minor and successful operation I underwent yesterday”

But claims by Al-Bashir and state media that Tuesday’s operation was successful and had removed the “Lipoma” contradict statements in which the president’s brother, Abdullahi Hassan Al-Bashir, said on Thursday that “the tumor his brother is suffering from is benign”

He told the Blue Nile TV that they are waiting for the results of a test on tissue samples for further confirmation, adding that the test’s result is due to come out on Saturday.

It is hard to miss the discrepancy between the brother’s statement and claims by Al-Bashir himself and state media that the operation was successful and that the tumor, whether benign or malignant, has already been removed two days ago.

Political analysts say that the lack of transparency on the part of the government about Al-Bashir’s health situation, as well as the conflicting and confusing statements some officials have made regarding the issue, are the leading factors behind the proliferation of rumors.

The government first disclosed that Al-Bashir already had a surgery on his vocal chords in Qatar three months after it happened in August.

The deputy speaker of the Sudanese Parliament, Hagou Gasim Al-Said, told reporters on Tuesday that the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) should immediately begin discussions on who will succeed Al-Bashir although he stressed that the president’s health problems are normal.

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  • 9 November 2012 08:14, by omoni jr.

    He just had mouth surgery!!!

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    • 9 November 2012 08:26, by P.K.M

      Sudan needs food to feed its people! Where will the money come from for advance weaponry? An average person can’t afford to buy meat in Sudan let alone the weapons.

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    • 9 November 2012 08:45, by South Dengjok

      Dear me,
      how can Sudan be able to revenge tit 4 tat for Is real while even their fathers(Pakistan,Iran,Iraq and Syria)that are respected by Sudan,are fearing with Israel and can never help Sudan to fight with Israel,Bashir is just Red Big dog barking with hyena,cuze,they can never implement their plan to fight with Israel otherwise they could left Sudan or they may go back 2 eat donkey as they did

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    • 9 November 2012 08:49, by Robot

      He has embarked again on his lies..... well, lets wait and see.

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    • 9 November 2012 09:19, by Dinkawarrior

      That it, he is terrorist and the whole country will be held accountable for the connection with Al-Qaeda Groups of the Arabs world. Even the so called North Sudanese is the terror number one on my list!

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    • 9 November 2012 09:57, by Peacocktail

      The lizard that jumped from a high iroko tree to the ground said he would praise himself if no-one else did.
      Bashir is still in recovery mode and speak silly things about acquire advance weaponry, If He had not done since, Sudan is under arm embargo and restricted to shipped advance weapons from IRAN or Russia and that it end up using old weapons. SPLA was better that SAF in term of new weapons.

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  • 9 November 2012 08:21, by dinkdong

    By saying that, he had just sold himself to the West

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  • 9 November 2012 08:35, by oliver majak

    Sudan can’t do anything to Israel,for what he say tit for tat.the whole Arab are fighting aganst Israel up to now but nothing to Israel.Bashir is alier.

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  • 9 November 2012 09:05, by Northern Sudanese

    hahahhaa you southerners up there are so funny, as if your israelis give a shit about you. what have you done when those mig 29’s bombed you so many times. lol , your existence is nothing in this world. stay away from sudan and its enemies. nothing other than UN arms embargo makes it difficult for us to acquire high tech weapons, btw where are those anti aircraft missiles to down our planes? lol

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    • 9 November 2012 09:45, by P.K.M

      Northern Sudanese,
      Are you the only one now getting paid to lie here? Why don’t you help your friends out for some money? You alone will not be able to debate everyone here on the site!

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    • 9 November 2012 11:36, by Robot

      Northern shit,
      are you aware that one bomber has been downed by SPLM/N yesterday near Jau???, the craps that you have are finishing, they move with a speed that even a Kalashnikov can down it, where on earth would you get them????, pathetic enough due to delayed maintenance due to lack of spares let to the previous crash, and many more to come, you hv lots of problem including your ill "Bashir"

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    • 9 November 2012 21:56, by Obach Othou

      Mr. Big Liar called Northern Sudanese, You are full of lies even you lie to yourself, ask your dead army chief whether those so-call Mig-29 are all there or go to the houses of all your pilots if they are all there otherwise know they continue to lie to their families that they have gone for courses. deep who doesn’t follow the news, four were shotdown by the SPLA forces in Panthou. shut u r mouth

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  • 9 November 2012 09:14, by Makunon

    Whether you call it tumor, benign, malignant or devil, it name is only one "cancer" and it is untreated disease and can not be swallow

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    • 9 November 2012 09:36, by Peacocktail

      Bashir,
      "When we see an old man stop his dance to point again and again in the same direction, we can be sure that somewhere there something happened long ago which touched the roots of his life." The death that will kill a man begins as an appetite.for cancer benign is profound and not Bashir had not recover,speak on isreal, what advance weapon? Iran fear Isreal now, South Sudan may acquire thos

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      • 9 November 2012 15:35, by Paul Ongee

        Omer Hassan Al-Bashir has already bought the ’advanced attack weaponry’ by both words and action in his recovery room in Saudi capital, Riyadh. If he cannot get hard currency to buy spare parts for his aging planes, how can he purchase those weapons? I am glad for the public confession that he gets beaten up 2-day, 2-morrow and a day after 2-morrow.

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