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Sudanese planes carrying arms land in Libya: report

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June 6, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – Libyan forces loyal to a renegade former general accused the Sudanese government of sending weapons via planes to Islamist militias.

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General Khalifa Haftar attends a news conference at Benina air base in Benghazi on 24 May 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Esam Omran Al-Fetori)

Colonel Mohamed al-Hejazi, spokesperson of Khalifa Heftar forces, told Cairo-based al-Youm al-Sabe’ newspaper that the latest shipment arrived on Friday morning at Meetiga military base airport.

The military spokesperson asserted that Sudan sent planes carrying arms to these extremist groups at different times in the past without the knowledge of the Libyan government.

He said these weapons have already been received by a militia loyal to Abdul Hakim Belhaj adding that Qatar funds these deliveries.

This week, the newspaper quoted unnamed sources as saying that Belhaj himself travelled to Sudan for meetings with officials in Khartoum there to coordinate logistics for Qatari aid.

Heftar’s rise came after he claimed that his forces represent the legitimate Libyan army and has managed to win the support of military units inside Benghazi for his offensive against the jihadists which he labeled as Operation Karama (dignity).

The Libyan government however accused him of trying to stage a coup but Heftar says that these militias have wreaked havoc in the North African nation.

Libya has been plagued by political infighting, with government and parliament unable to control militias that have continued to defy state authority since ousting Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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  • 7 June 10:05, by Akol Liai Mager

    What General Haftar needs to do is; form ally with Abdel-Fatah Al-Sisi and Algiers to smoke out NIF regime in Khartoum, the main ally of all radical Islamists including Al-Qaeda, Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and Boko Haram. Forming such ally will be blessed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabic and United Arab of Emirates who are now working so hard to free Qatar from International Terrorists.

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    • 7 June 13:23, by Jalaby

      Akol Liai Mager,
      You’re so funny man?!
      Egyptian army is now helping and supporting Juba government against the south rebel, so according to your logic Machar and his rebels are supporting Al-Qaeda and Boko Haram too?!
      Continue to be naive guys and I’ll guarantee you always a failed state in the south!!

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  • 7 June 13:34, by Jalaby

    Khalifa Haftar is another coward agent like Sisi in Egypt who is hired by rich governments in the Arab Gulf countries to rule out and fail the Arab spring and kills any democratic project in the region and return Arabs to live in the darkness and backwardness again!!
    We helped the Libyans people to get rid of dictator and crazy Ghadafy and as Bashir announced it to

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    • 7 June 13:47, by Jalaby

      the whole world before that we supported the revolutionists against Ghadafy and all their weapons that they used against Ghadafy till they captured and entered Tripoli are 100% Sudanese weapons!
      Libyans Revolutionists are calling us again for help and support,we can’t stay helpless and "squaring" our hands on our chests and watching them failing

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      • 7 June 13:55, by Jalaby

        and the anti-revolutionists and agents come back and rule Libya again, we’re not going to allow that to ever happen again!
        As very effective and influential country in the region, we will take our responsibility and help Libya till they overcome their hard situation.
        You know,we are the boss in the region and we toppled all the bad governments in the region and we are

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        • 7 June 14:02, by Jalaby

          the reason behind the change in:Ethiopia, Eritrea, Chad, Libya, etc!
          It’s not a secret if I say to you that we supported Conglese regime against the rebel too!
          Of course we’re able to change Juba government within just days if we wish but we’re still studying and evaluating the situation and we will take the right decision when the right time comes!!

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          • 7 June 17:18, by Rommel

            Jalaby:
            You are far beyond delusional. NATO, the world’s strongest, largest and most technologically advanced military alliance, removed Gaddafi from power — they toppled him. Your role was quite insignificant in the grand scheme of things, your laughable delusions of grandeur notwithstanding.

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            • 8 June 03:09, by Akol Liai Mager

              Thanks Rommel, you said it all. For Jalaby, what Riek Machar can wait for if his allies and masters in Khartoum are terrorists? He has been and now re-united with his former allies of LRA and Janjaweed. For your information, revise the elements of a failed state and ask yourself if N-Sudan is not and If not, then what on Earth would constitutes a failed state if the country that has been at war...

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              • 8 June 03:15, by Akol Liai Mager

                and If not, then what on Earth would constitutes a failed state if the country that has been at war with its own citizens with the fugitive President? A country that killed women because they have chosen whom they want marry, a country whose economy depends on robbing another country, a country whose its President kills and dance in the sea of blood, N. Sudan is a failed state my friend.

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                • 8 June 03:20, by Akol Liai Mager

                  The so-called Arab Spring is beyond doubt proven to be a Qataris bought group of terrorists mistakenly supported by US and its European Allies. Just wait for the consequences of your continue involvement in the Libyan affairs. Your terrorist regime will be smoke out soon and N. Sudan will resume its place in the region and international as more humane player in saving than taking lives.

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            • 8 June 08:30, by Jalaby

              Rommel,
              I am far beyond delusional?!! really?
              You’re the most illusive and deceptive person and you will never stop flipping the fact with false to mislead people!
              NATO toppled Ghadafy from power? really? what was the job of the Libyans revolutionists and fighters who bravely confronted Ghadfi big machine guns and his Africans mercenaries?

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              • 8 June 08:40, by Jalaby

                The NATO mandate they got from UNSC was to protect civilians but not to topple Ghadafi, to prevent idiot Ghadafi from using warplanes and kills his own people, Libyans fighters and revolutionists who actually toppled Ghadafi because it is well known that the army in the ground determines and end the battle and war but not the warplanes from sky!

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          • 8 June 08:02, by Observer

            This website’s comedian is back at full strength.
            Jalaby you are so funny.
            A few weeks ago you posted some sensible comments that made me think that maybe you were growing up and beginning to recognize some facts and truths about Sudan.
            But these comments of yours just show your immaturity and delusional mind.
            However you do make everyone laugh with your comments so guess that is not a bad thing.

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