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Sending Sudanese troops to Syria is “possible”: FM

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Sudanese troops participating in the 'North Thunder' military drill with troops from 20 nations in Saudi Arabia on 16 February 2016 (Photo Saudi Press Agency)

February 22, 2016 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan may take part in any joint Islamic and Arab military action in Syria, Sudan foreign minister alluded in statement he made on Monday as his Saudi counterpart met with President Omer al-Bashir.

Following a meeting with the Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir Monday, the visiting Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters that they discussed the “situation in the Arab region particularly in Yemen, Syria, Libya and Somalia”.

Al-Jubeir underscored that the two sides held identical views on the Arabic and Islamic issues under discussion, praising Sudan’s participation in the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen and the Islamic military alliance to combat terrorism.

For his part, Sudan’s foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour told reporters that it is premature to speak about sending Sudanese ground troops to Syria, but added that “everything is possible as long as Sudan is part of the Saudi-led coalition”.

“However, this issue is not under discussion at this particular time,” he stressed.

Ghandour said that President Bashir and al-Jubeir discussed political issues besides issues of common concern, pointing that Bashir instructed the foreign ministry to continue to cooperate and coordinate with Riyadh on issues of terrorism and the “Decisive Storm” operation.

Ghandour added that al-Jubeir conveyed a message from the Saudi King to Bashir pertaining to the same issues besides the bilateral ties.

Sudan participates with over 850 troops in the Saudi-led "Decisive Storm" against the Iranian-allied Houthi militants in Yemen.

Sudanese troops are also participating in the “North Thunder” military manoeuvres in Saudi Arabia among 20 other Arab and Islamic nations.

The Sudanese military participation in the military campaign in Yemen and the Islamic alliance reconciled Bashir’s regime with the Saudi government, and marked the divorce with Iran.

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  • 23 February 2016 02:18, by Hardlinner

    since sudan and his master can’t defeat Huthis in yemen, what hope have they got in Syria. remember, russia is backing Asad and won’t stop short of f*cking all arabs collision that fight him. prefer yourselves to be f*ck like bitches by Russia.

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    • 23 February 2016 03:39, by Khent

      It looks like Sudan is willing to jump through hoops for Saudi money. Contrary to what the sheep are purposely led to believe, the war in Syria is not a spontaneous derivative of the ’Arab spring’; it was planned in Israel and the United States as far back as 2006 and may actually result in the deconstruction of Syria into statelets.

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      • 23 February 2016 14:51, by sudani ana

        Khent:
        It’s an alliance. This is what allies do for each other; they support each other politically, economically and militarily.

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        • 23 February 2016 19:20, by Khent

          sudani ana

          Hmmm, right... so why did you turn on Iran when you were clearly in alliance with them? They did more for you than Saudi Arabia. The Persians even bombed South Sudanese soldiers in ’Heglig’ for you.

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          • 23 February 2016 20:56, by sudani ana

            Khent
            The Iranians were our allies thats true. But they have also been investing heavily in spreading their Shiite interpretation of Islam in Sudan, which is counter productive to our social cohesion. You speak confidently about Iranians bombing SPLA in Healing. Tell me; what type of state of the art advanced radar system operated by South Sudan army that exposed this? All I saw was two SPLA.co

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            • 23 February 2016 21:01, by sudani ana

              Cont.. two SPLA SOLDIERS, MOST LIKELY DRUNK, POSSIBLY SUFFERING FROM RIVER BLINDNESS DISEASE, squinting and pointing at the sky towards possible SAF Antonoves, or possibly just two summer clouds...

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              • 23 February 2016 21:05, by sudani ana

                Heglig. And upper case lettering not intentional

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                • 24 February 2016 00:48, by Khent

                  sudani ana

                  Your religious hang-ups cannot be used to legitimize what actually amounted to betrayal. You could simply have instructed the Iranians to stop proselytizing in Sudan. Look, I really don’t care, I’m not a fan of the Iranian theocracy, but I just had to point out the obvious. The Iranians had a comprehensively superior culture prior to the Arab and Islamic conquest...

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                  • 24 February 2016 01:00, by Khent

                    ..South Sudan is ’governed’ by death-deserving cretins scarcely more intelligent than chimps -so no- they don’t have their own radars, but Saudi cables [leaked by Wikileaks] show that the Iranians did bomb South Sudan’s forces in ’Heglig’. Source: http://www.worldbulletin.net/wikileaks/160959/saudi-wikileaks-memo-reveals-iran-bombed-ssudan

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                      • 24 February 2016 01:16, by Khent

                        South Sudan needs to comprehensively overhaul its military over a ten year period, at the very least. South Sudan has more ’Generals’ than the British military - a problem that all African militaries impose on themselves. South Sudan has no military Academies and makes use of platforms and weapons from the 60s. That needs to change...

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                        • 24 February 2016 01:17, by Khent

                          .. If Juba plays its cards right, it can have access to things that Khartoum couldn’t even dream of. Juba needs to change the way it views war and the way it prosecutes it; Juba can send its most gifted, intelligent and hard-working officers to Israel to learn the Western way of war and how to execute combined arms operations.

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                          • 24 February 2016 01:20, by Khent

                            Khartoum won’t have access to this world. Juba also needs to work with Israel and Russia to build up its intelligence capabilities and capitalize on the expertise and strengths of each to build a formidable intelligence apparatus. Links with Israel would provide Juba with access to advanced avionics, electro-optical systems, encrypted tactical data links, 48 cores + processor mission computers...

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                            • 24 February 2016 01:22, by Khent

                              .. world class drones, counter-battery radars, SAR radars, AESA radars and much more. Khartoum won’t have access to these things. Now to be clear, none of this is even remotely achievable with the current ’leadership’. If Juba makes all the necessary political and economic reforms and formulates ways to properly exploit its vast natural resources...

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                              • 24 February 2016 01:24, by Khent

                                ..it can become significantly wealthier and stronger than Sudan. Israel can provide South Sudan with certain short-range tactical drones, but Juba really should work directly with scientists and engineers from South Africa’s Denel systems and Israel Aerospace Industries to develop long range drones, in order to circumvent the Missile Technology Control Regime...

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                                • 24 February 2016 01:28, by Khent

                                  There really is no reason why Khartoum should have a more advanced military. Every time I see these ’leaders’ on my screens, I wish them death. There is absolutely nothing more important than a Nation’s ability to defend itself, but Juba doesn’t seem to understand this and through child-like ignorance, stupidity, endemic corruption, incompetence, myopia and initiating self-destructive wars...

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                                  • 24 February 2016 01:35, by Khent

                                    ..Juba has permitted Khartoum to continually molest its airspace and bomb its people. And if that wasn’t enough, it had to start killing its own people as well. I must be one of the few individuals on earth that wishes I was older, because after Garang’s death, you have not had an enemy to keep you on your toes.

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                                    • 24 February 2016 04:55, by Khent

                                      The lack of discipline in South Sudan’s armed forces is unbelievable, and so Juba really should introduce high and stringent standards on discipline; virtually nothing is prohibited — nothing is contraband. Juba also desperately needs to retire any illiterate in senior positions and work on increasing literacy among the grunts...

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                                      • 24 February 2016 05:14, by Khent

                                        ..Juba should also improve its relations with Washington and other Western countries of significance in order to advance its military capabilities; it needs to send its best officers to America’s premier military academies such as West Point and Fort Benning and send others to academies in Israel, Britain and Russia...

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                                        • 24 February 2016 05:40, by Khent

                                          Juba needs to institute organisational changes; command and control needs to be more efficient and nimble; logistics require a world of improvement. I won’t even get into the details on South Sudan’s virtually non-existent training programs; snap inspections and drills need to be introduced and a strong MIC must be established — one capable of meeting all of South Sudan’s primary needs.

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                                          • 24 February 2016 20:40, by sudani ana

                                            Khent
                                            All this sounds great; but let me draw your attention to one little detail; before Juba launches itself as a mighty super power, shouldn’t it first think about feeding it’s starving citizens who had great hopes when voted for independence only for their hopes to come crashing down, and find themselves once again refugees in Sudan and other neighbouring countries?

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                                            • 24 February 2016 20:45, by sudani ana

                                              What about the little minor things like food security, building roads schools and hospitals and creative g jobs for people, and then think about buying all the modern weapons in the world to indulge in your greatest fantasy; war and destruction.

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                                              • 25 February 2016 10:25, by Khent

                                                sudani ana

                                                Why would South Sudan have to miraculously morph into a ’superpower’ in order to confront Sudan? Where on earth do you get the nerve to lecture me when the motherland is engaged in profligate military spending, precisely when millions of its owns citizens are displaced from Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile State?

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                                                • 25 February 2016 10:46, by Khent

                                                  Khartoum has NEVER tempered its military spending in relation to the needs of its people. You spend 70% of your budget on the military and the security apparatus. You may have deluded yourself into thinking that Sudan is this incredibly affluent, stable, tranquil and secure Nation, but no one else believes this veritable fantasy...

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                                                  • 25 February 2016 10:54, by Khent

                                                    ..And it’s certainly not reasonable for North Sudanese to lecture others on what they consider to be appropriate levels of military spending. We’ve gone over this before, mate. I don’t advocate for the kind of military and security spending that leaves the people in dire straits, and this is precisely why I mentioned that political and economic reforms were necessary...

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                                                    • 25 February 2016 10:58, by Khent

                                                      ..and that the preparations needed to reclaim our territories should extend over a period of 10 years, at the very least; this would all be gradual, considered and proportional. You seem to think that we should just allow you to continue to occupy our lands and bomb us at will for the sake of a peace that would indefinitely permit you to occupy Southern territories larger than Lebanon.

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                                                      • 25 February 2016 11:00, by Khent

                                                        I have directed you to mounds of grit-edged evidence on your annexation of Nation size Southern territories and the violent displacements that took place in areas like ’Heglig’ and other areas, and you didn’t express a word to condemn your government for annexing Kafia Kingi and uprooting the people of ’Heglig’ in the 90s, as documented by the UN and numerous humanitarian organizations...

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                                                        • 25 February 2016 11:06, by Khent

                                                          ..But you’re morally superior to me, aren’t you? Because you apparently love peace. LOL! Karl Von Clausewitz was right when he said that ’The conqueror is always a lover of peace; he would prefer to take over our country unopposed.’

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                                                          • 25 February 2016 11:10, by Khent

                                                            My greatest fantasy isn’t war and destruction in Greater Sudan; my greatest fantasy is strengthening Greater Sudan in order for it to take its rightful place as a powerhouse in this wretched continent; I want peace and brotherly cooperation, but not at the expense of our territorial integrity.

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  • 23 February 2016 07:28, by Kalo

    Sending troops to Syria is impossible why,both Sudan and Saudi Arabia failed to won war in Yemen,Russia didn’t defeat the ISIS in Syria,dash/ISIS are parts of Sunni secretly sponsor by Saudi Arabia,Qatar,Sudan,UAE to fought Shiit in Syria,Iraq lol!!all ISIS join North Africa through Sudan,how comes they want to fight against them,just the games to under mind the world.

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    • 23 February 2016 07:35, by Kalo

      Sudan was involve in all terrorist acts in the world,Sudan just used crocodile teeth to grabs the money from Saudi Arabia,at the end the will divorce KSA like the did to Iran,leave all these,Sudan didn’t solve its own problem,not able to to crash the rebels in 3 regions,SAF are just in the trenches in S.K states,how comes they will manage in international crisis it is nightmare!!!

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