Sudan became a notorious refuge for militant Islamists in In the early 1990s, including Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden who was based in the country from 1991 to 1996.
Al-Qaeda’s presence led to American sanctions on Sudan that have continued ever since.
In 2011 Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan by US special forces.
Al Jazeera English | Inside Story - Is N Africa Al-Qaeda’s new front? | 12 Dec. 2007
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