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Al-Qaeda announces formation of its student wing in top Sudan university

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January 10, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The organization Al-Qaeda in Sudan announced yesterday the birth of its student wing in the University of Khartoum in a new sign of growing extremist influence in the country.

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An unidentified Islamic group leader speaks after a mass “standing prayer” in Khartoum on 3 May 2011 in honour al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was shot dead in Pakistan (Reuters)

The Main Street in Al-Wasat complex in Khartoum witnessed a public address on Wednesday afternoon by what appeared to be Al-Qaeda sympathizers who spoke on "The preceding Jihad in the Land of Two Niles".

The speakers said they disagree with the ultra-conservative Ansar al-Sunna Salafist group in Sudan but they do not consider them blasphemous. They also expressed readiness to conduct a dialogue with secularists.

They denied that Al-Qaeda group is being pursued by the Sudanese security and rejected their labeling as extremists saying that the US is behind this adding that they adhere to the Quran and Sunna of the Prophet.

Ansar al-Sunna group is known to call for loyalty to the ruler and renounce the use of arms and violence against the government. This is in contrast to the more extreme Salafist ideology which calls for uprooting regimes that do not strictly adhere to Islamic Shar’ia law.

There has been a significant increase in activities of Islamic extremist cells in Sudan over the years. In 2007, Sudanese authorities said that they have foiled a plot to blow up several Western embassies as well as UN building.

The year after that a an American USAID employee and his driver were killed in Khartoum by four men who belong to the Islamic militant group known as Ansar al-Tawhid which claimed responsibility for the killing.

Late last year Sudanese authorities dismissed a training camp harboring extremist elements who reportedly planned to head to Somalia to launch Jihad.

In November security sources in Mali said that foreign Jihadists from countries such as Algeria and Sudan have arrived in north of the country to support armed Islamist groups who are imposing an increasingly brutal version of Shar’ia law in the vast northern areas under their control.

A former U.S. official told Sudan Tribune yesterday that they lack specific information on the extent and reach of extremist groups in Sudan and the threat they pose.

Sudan has welcomed Al-Qaeda late leader Osama Bin Laden in the 1990’s but expelled him in 1996 under intense US pressure. Since 2001 the Sudanese intelligence cooperated with the US law enforcement agencies to track down suspected terrorists in East Africa.

The US added Sudan to its state terror list in 1993, accusing Khartoum of harboring local and international militants but as a result of counter terrorism cooperation promised to de-list it pending political settlement to civil conflicts in the country.

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  • 11 January 2013 10:22, by william mawien

    hahaha gays arabs.....terrorism..!!!!

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  • 11 January 2013 11:01, by Muorcienggok

    Wawa wawa,there has been no doubt in my mind that North Sudan is a state of terrorists,welcome to hell,you have been confusing the world of what truly you are.

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  • 11 January 2013 11:32, by hellonearth

    Jalaby, Northern Sudanese,Master , Sudani Ana and likes...

    finally the whole world knows. oh i know you dont like this news about your true nature fake terrorists and useless arabs

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    • 11 January 2013 11:39, by Robot

      I think South Sudan should rethink the idea of our oil flowing through Sudan!!!!!!.. PATHETIC FAKE ARABS.

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      • 11 January 2013 12:58, by Nuer Empire

        Ahaa aha Israel,US and South Sudan will finish them.
        The Nuer Empire

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  • 11 January 2013 14:18, by solider

    al quida is everywhere ,even in america .few weeks ago khartoum government attacked them in AL RAHAD and killed 14 of them. anyway don’t get shocked when juba get rocked by series of suicid bombs and thousands BEHEADING videos on internet when the war breaks between sudan and south sudan.u will be fighting SAF and those crazy ruthless al qida devils

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    • 11 January 2013 22:38, by Observer

      Soldier,
      You actually sound proud that you may be part of what you say could happen in Juba.
      I hope I never have to rely on the likes of you to protect my belove Sudan.
      I hope that maybe in our army there are actually some professional soldiers not infanciles like you.

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  • 11 January 2013 17:03, by akoonapg

    Islam is like a cancer to the skin, what a shame, I hope our brothers wake up and separate religion from Government, people will live in peace.

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  • 11 January 2013 21:42, by solider

    born-to -rule
    what u just mentioned is enough reason for them to wage a war with you.

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  • 12 January 2013 08:21, by aguotwany@live.com

    Indeed love the contributions everyone of you have done so far, let keep Khartoum terrorists of clif they are leaving the earth for good their mission. Failed . Let take over development the country of South, Sudan and define the new beginning to rule. All must come out and join help your government to defeat the enemy forever. Follow us @ www. Cargosudn.com /info@cargosudan.com and &. Google

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