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September 15, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — Sudanese government declined a demand by the U.S. administration to deploy Marines’s security team to protect its embassy in Khartoum, as Washington ordered non-essential staff to leave.

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Sudanese protesters try to break into the US embassy in Khartoum during a protest against an amateur film mocking Islam on September 14, 2012. (Getty)

Following a violent protest in Friday over an anti Islam film Washington demanded the Sudanese government to allow a special force to protect its diplomatic mission in Khartoum. The demand came after the death of two Sudanese protesters outside it embassy where thousands gathered on Friday.

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta told Foreign Policy magazine that the Pentagon has to be ready to deal with situations where the protests against the American embassies in the host countries "get out of control".

Also another official said that the Pentagon was discussing whether to send a platoon of 50 anti-terrorism Marines to Khartoum, but a asserted that no decision has been taken yet.

However the official SUNA on Saturday reported that the Sudanese government received such demand from the State Department and rejected the American demand.

Foreign minister Ali Karti received a call from an assistant to the U. S. Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton who expressed the desire of the American Administration to dispatch a special force to protect its embassy in Khartoum following the protests in the Islamic world.

Karti "has declined to authorise the deployment of these forces affirming Sudan’s ability to protect foreign diplomatic missions in Khartoum and reiterated the State’s obligation to protect its guests members of diplomatic missions," the official news agency said.

On the other hand the semi-official SMC news service said that Khartoum’s security coordination committee decided Saturday to tighten security measures and protection of embassies, diplomatic missions, and foreign officials to avoid their exposure to any risk.

In Washington the State Department announced that non-essential staff was ordered to leave the its embassies in Tunisia and Sudan.

"Given the security situation in Tunis and Khartoum, the U.S. State Department has ordered the departure of all family members and non-emergency personnel from both posts, and issued parallel travel warnings to American citizens," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement.

Nuland on Friday evening told reporters that Vice-President Joe Biden spoke with Sudanese Frist Vice President Ali Osman Taha about the deployment of Marines in Khartoum. She also said Thomas R. Nides, Deputy State Department Secretary called a senior Sudanese official for the same purpose.

She also denied that Marines engage protestors in Khartoum pointing out that the Sudanese security forces pushed back demonstrations, including three protestors who managed to get on top of the perimeter wall of the embassy.

The US embassy in Sudan on Saturday issued an emergency message to the American citizens in Khartoum informing them that the embassy is closed until further notice and advise them to stay away and avoid coming to the embassy "for any reason".

There is no clear warning of terrorist threat on the US nationals but the evacuation of non-essential personnel concerns only Khartoum and Tunis, two capital where the US embassies were attacked on Friday and no Marines were dispatched there like in Libya and Yemen.

Sudanese government mobilised 250 police force to protect the US embassy located in the far suburb of Soba. But the protesters stormed easily the German embassy in central Khartoum where a small force war deployed to protect the building despite calls by radical Islamic groups to protest against Germany.

Last August, an administrative court in Berlin rejected a demand of three mosques to prevent a far right group from displaying caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed first published in 2005 which sparked violent protests around the globe.

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  • 16 September 2012 07:59, by Akol Liai Mager

    That’s great! The more NIF rejects cooperating with American’s administration the better chances for that cooperation turning to SRF, especially SPLM-N with US administration.

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    • 16 September 2012 08:23, by SeekingTruth

      Neither way is it going to be any easier for the Sudan! Whether it reject US marines intervention or not, still Khartoum-Washingtion’s foreign policy is marred by N. Sudanese behaviour....thus, a win win scenario for the SPLM_N and S. Sudan diplomatically/politically.

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    • 16 September 2012 08:25, by Mach

      For Sudan to deny 50 marines to protect the Embassy; what it does is, Sudan has just seals its fate that, if any of the Embassy’s personal lost his or her life; Sudan would be held a 100% accountable and Tomahawk-cruise-missile will have its green light on its way to Khartoum! Look at the pinheads at the Embassy-door trying to break-in; little that they-know; it’s a bulletproof glass door!

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    • 16 September 2012 11:21, by mohammed ali

      Akol, is that all what you dream of; something bad to happen to us so that you can benifit out of it! I don’t know why you are calling for 4 freedoms since you are full of hate!

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    • 16 September 2012 14:57, by South South

      All my brothers from South Sudan,
      Please watch this video clip about Messariyia Arab tribe taken by British in 1955:http://www.ask.com/videos/watch-video/the-flaming-jungle-1955/i8jJDtEqWsNvCErMoSB5yA?ver=11&domain=ask.com
      Watch it to know what kind of Arab in Sudan you are dealing with. You will find out that you are really dealing with your brothers in color.

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      • 16 September 2012 16:41, by Chol

        There are covert Marines already station at the United States Embassy premises; if not, then how did 5 demonstrators die earlier this week? Those were taken out trying to force their way into the Embassy but were taken down by snipers. Can anyone believe those shooters were Sudanese police?

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      • 17 September 2012 02:53, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

        All those are not really Arab bro,they are African mixed with Arab. Mostly Dinka,Nuba,Fur,Apuny etc. all converted to be came Arab thinking not by colour. If you think of Gatluak Maguel used to steal young children,girls and sell them there.

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  • 16 September 2012 08:07, by Madina Tonj

    I do not belief the cause of this violence by a radical extremist Islamists is film but clearly, there is something just being attached to it. Omar al Bashir and Iran president have been campaigning against Western nations and even Bashir went to Libya and met with new Libyan officals and I think the message was to disoriented them this is why they Libyan militia attacked American innocent people

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  • 16 September 2012 08:08, by Madina Tonj

    I do not belief the cause of this violence by a radical extremist Islamists is film but clearly, there is something just being attached to it. Omar al Bashir and Iran president have been campaigning against Western nations and even Bashir went to Libya and met with new Libyan officals and I think the message was to disoriented them this is why they Libyan militia attacked American innocent people

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  • 16 September 2012 08:08, by Madina Tonj

    I do not belief the cause of this violence by a radical extremist Islamists is film but clearly, there is something just being attached to it. Omar al Bashir and Iran president have been campaigning against Western nations and even Bashir went to Libya and met with new Libyan officals and I think the message was to disoriented them this is why they Libyan militia attacked American innocent people

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  • 16 September 2012 08:08, by Jalaby

    US should normalize its relationship with Sudan and meets its promises first before sending special troop or anything, unless US lift us from the countries that support the terror and meet their promises we will show nothing but cold reaction to cooperate in anything with US!
    I condemn that disgusting anti-Islam movie

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    • 16 September 2012 08:19, by Jalaby

      that never intended to represent facts or giving any meaningful issue but "disgusting" as Hilary Clinton said,there should be a clear distinction between personal freedom and creativity in one hand,and attacking faith,believe and religion in the other hand!
      I condemn also attacking foreign diplomatic mission buildings and attacking diplomatic representatives,totally unacceptable

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      • 16 September 2012 08:30, by Akol Liai Mager

        Abu Tagiya, are you still expecting your racist and terrorists regime to be lifted from the US list after all that super-terrorism displayed by NIF’ blood suckers, Al-Qaeda, Hezboulah and HAMAS against US Embassy in Khartoum? You must be out of your mind. Enjoys telling Americans and Europeans that Islam is a religion of violent. Keep up the fight against Americans.

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      • 16 September 2012 10:03, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        Jallaby, what is that happened in USA embassy in Khartoum? Is that terror from Sudanese public while their govt is unleasing severe terror on Nuba, Funy and Fur. Any terror anywhere is terror to humanity. Sudan should remain shackled economically and diplomatically for her stand on this.

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      • 16 September 2012 10:32, by Ruach

        Is doomed prophet mohamad better than Deng-Taath/Ngundeng Bong?No I don’t think so.There must be fungent smell in Islam whose main objective is a violent.Mohamad is a devil and has no relation with God.Death to all his supporters and him in the hell!!

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    • 16 September 2012 08:40, by Mach

      Jalaby, you’re saying “unless U.S removed you from list of countries that support terror” but what have you just did by not allowing United States to protect its citizens at the Embassy? Is that not in itself a support of terror? Duh! Where is your brain?

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    • 16 September 2012 08:58, by panchol

      jalaby.
      The islamists in khartoum did bad to Americans, even though you raise your prophet Muhammad from death showing what have been happening, he will not be happy for those islamists.
      During panthou(Hegilig) fighting, islamists rasped to Christian temples and put them in blast. what type of God is it? Muslims are every where but don’t behave that way.

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    • 16 September 2012 14:47, by South South

      Jalaby,
      Watch this video clip for me. It is about Messarieyia Arab tribe taken by British in 1955. Here is the link: http://www.ask.com/videos/watch-video/the-flaming-jungle-1955/i8jJDtEqWsNvCErMoSB5yA?ver=11&domain=ask.com

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  • 16 September 2012 08:23, by Madina Tonj

    Small power like Khartoum regime maybe people just ignored but in reality it playing a very significantly damage particular, when it come to nation-State foreign policy. The real question I have is that, why this so call International community and UN take side to defending the worsen regime in Africa? There is no doubt from our minds that, the failure of UN, International has remain to be seen

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  • 16 September 2012 08:23, by Madina Tonj

    Small power like Khartoum regime maybe people just ignored but in reality it playing a very significantly damage particular, when it come to nation-State foreign policy. The real question I have is that, why this so call International community and UN take side to defending the worsen regime in Africa? There is no doubt from our minds that, the failure of UN, International has remain to be seen

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  • 16 September 2012 08:41, by Syed

    Freedom of expression or freedom to incite murder? give me a break, this freedom work only if you are an anti-Muslim, this Coptic guys having roots in middle east knows very well what will be the reaction of people if this movies goes online, knowing very well how it will endanger the life of US officials in those countries, he basically incite people to murder Americans in middle east and was fi

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  • 16 September 2012 08:44, by Syed

    middle east and was firstly blaming Jews for that. Why he is not in jail for that? Those who are drumming for this Coptic guy’s freedom of expression first tell me why the same freedom of expression is not extended to Muslims in America? Why Muslims goes to jail for expressing themselves in America? Isn’t it hypocrisy?

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    • 16 September 2012 09:10, by mohamed mahgoub

      The problem is when moslims express themselves it comes ons form of exeplosives hidden in an underwear or opening fire in agroup of people that why they to jail

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    • 17 September 2012 03:36, by australian

      Jalaby: over 50% of mosques in the US preach violence and hatred of America and its Constitution.
      Is that enough "freedom of expression" for Muslims, or not enough?
      The film did not incite violence, it just portrayed events in the Prophet’s life. A bit disgusting, but there you are. (Read Ibn Ishaq for verification.)

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      • 17 September 2012 03:37, by australian

        Whoops, I meant that comment for Syed.

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  • 16 September 2012 08:46, by Syed

    If you don’t believe me just Google Younes Abdullah Muhammad and visit his website IslamPolicy dot com, and see yourself, he is an American and he is in jail for expressing his views, I may dislike his views but hey you cannot put him in jail for expressing himself. Or that privilege only reserved for non-Muslims?

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    • 16 September 2012 09:54, by Observer

      Syed,
      You need to go back and google him and see that he is in prison for threatening to kill.
      Before his 11-and-a-half-year sentence was handed down, Morton offered an apology for his actions, saying he “contributed to a clash of civilizations,” according to the AP.
      “I justified atrocities by Muslims simply because they were carried out by the weak against the powerful,” he said.

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  • 16 September 2012 08:48, by Syed

    You cannot blame those people in the middle east for what they are doing when America itself is having double standards.

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    • 16 September 2012 09:05, by Akol Liai Mager

      If Muhammad is that so weak, why do you bother to defend him since he has no God’s power? make sure that you cannot islamise the world through intimidation and terrorism. Tell me in which part of Qurán that contains Muhammad’s words for forgiveness othe than "fight your enemies until victory".

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    • 16 September 2012 09:08, by panchol

      Syed.
      According to your psychology, what is behind repatraition of American, British and German?
      May be rest of the countries will follow the same repatriation.

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    • 16 September 2012 12:27, by panchol

      Syed.
      To Whom do we blame? why not making peaceful demontration concerning video film agaist slamists?
      Allow Marines to go and protects their diplomats in Khartoum. why do you refuse marines to come in? or what is behind that you anger?
      So far, America, British and German are repatriating their Diplomats with their families.

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  • 16 September 2012 09:07, by Pif Paf

    Violent protests are not the right way to express discontent. However the US goverment needs to take measures and prevent such movies from production. Freedom of speech is the respect of other religion and not the opposite. Therefore while freedom of speech is a good thing we must prevent people from miss using it to uphold other important values. Cont..

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    • 16 September 2012 09:12, by Pif Paf

      US Marines should never be allowed to set foot in Sudan. The US labels Sudan as a country sponsoring terrorism while it leads the war against terrorism meaning we are techincally at war. The GOS can never be sure about the motives of the US. The GOS is more than capable of providing security,and on the contrary its the US Marine who will bring more insecurity.

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      • 16 September 2012 10:22, by Observer

        Pif Paf
        There are already US marines in Khartoum- they have been here for years.. so your point is??

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      • 16 September 2012 11:08, by mohamed mahgoub

        P.P : ur first part is Ok sounds like moderate ,but in the second one ,the us only wants to send the marines to ensure the safety of its personels not to invade the country ( only 50 not the whole 82nd b.) Are u that weak that u scared a 50 maned squadron,anyway don’t worry they have a law they can’t send them unless have permission that county.

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    • 16 September 2012 09:23, by panchol

      pifpaf.
      you are right brother, the islamists should not express their sadness in that way, but should have match peacefully in the street not to temper with any diplomats of any country.
      why do your NCP refuse US Marines to Sudan? who plan for islamists anger? and what is behind this?

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      • 16 September 2012 10:07, by Pif Paf

        panchol,
        The US goverment is an enemy of Sudan. They label us as terrorists, while they bomb our medicine factory and try to hamper our development. Furthermore our police are more than capable of providing security and dont see the need for US marines. Bringing US marines could ignite the situation even more because they are not welcomed by the citizens. The situation is already under control.

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  • 16 September 2012 10:38, by Observer

    To the Sudan extremists on here and in Khartoum. Please read this- this is what most of us moderate Muslims think
    Saudi Grand Mufti slams anti-Islam film, calls attacks on foreign embassies un-Islamic.
    http//english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/09/15/238217.html

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  • 16 September 2012 10:44, by Northern Sudanese

    US marines on sudanese soil? is this a joke? or is obama dreaming? no US soldier is welcome in sudan! let them go to south sudan where they can do a better job by letting them stop killing each other for cows!
    No US marine will enter sudanese soil if they like it or not, if they wanna remove their staff then thats ok but no marines on our soil!

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    • 16 September 2012 13:39, by Observer

      N Sudanese,
      Unfortunately for you there are already US marines here in Khartoum and have been for years.
      If you read any of the stories about the protest at the Embassy you will read that US Marines fired shots in the air.

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    • 16 September 2012 14:45, by South South

      Northern Sudanese,
      Where have been my brother in color. I have a few things for you one is a gift and other is a question.
      1- Please watch this video clip, it is about Masseriyia tribe taken by British in 1955. Here is it:http://www.ask.com/videos/watch-video/the-flaming-jungle-1955/i8jJDtEqWsNvCErMoSB5yA?ver=11&domain=ask.com
      2- US bombed Sudan in 1998, what did Sudan government to response ?

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      • 16 September 2012 14:53, by South South

        Northern Sudanese,
        My brother in color, US Marines are already in Khartoum guarding US Embassy in the day light. What are you going to do now ? Crying ? No, accept the realities ? No, What are you going to do ? The good answer for you is: I don’t know and run to hide. Watch my video: http://www.ask.com/videos/watch-video/the-flaming-jungle-1955/i8jJDtEqWsNvCErMoSB5yA?ver=11&domain=ask.com

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        • 17 September 2012 02:58, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

          Those are African sudanese tribe mixed with few Arab that Islamized them. They most from Nuba,Dinka,Nuer,Jiluo,Fur,Apuny etc. they are not really Arab by colour,they are by the way of their thinking due to Islamization. Most are Dinka,Nuba and Apuny. we will shown them their Identity one day when they are liberates out.

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        • 17 September 2012 04:04, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

          Those are African sudanese tribe mixed with few Arab that Islamized them. They most from Nuba,Dinka,Nuer,Jiluo,Fur,Apuny etc. they are not really Arab by colour,they are by the way of their thinking due to Islamization. Most are Dinka,Nuba and Apuny. we will shown them their Identity one day when they are liberates out.

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          • 17 September 2012 14:45, by Ruach

            Nguet Buny Luelpiny.You are rite.Very few are Nuer 0.0000%,40% are Dinka mostly from Bor who have been practicing child sale for many years and the rest are Nubians and Funj.Gatluak Panguel from Malual Agongbeer(Lake State) didn’t only eat Nuer but also sold them to Arabs.Well,there is something fungy in Islam.Ngundeng is far better than doomed Mohamad

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  • 16 September 2012 11:09, by Wadjon

    For a loud tiny group of sudanese the fact that americans leave is considered as a victory.
    It was very easy: just renting buses and screaming hatred for a few hours.
    The whole world witnessing their strengh. Wallahy Laazim, Hafla Tamaaaaaaaaaaaam !!!
    While the vast majority of sudanese can just continue to suffer in silence. As usual.

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  • 16 September 2012 13:58, by Andrew Bell

    English view: The U.S. Constitution guarantees free speech:however offensive an opinion, it can’t be suppressed. So disgusting opinions are expressed every day, which would be criminal in other countries, and the Government can do nothing. The makers of the film would be arrested in England: free speech is limited by a ban on ’hate speech’. Don’t attack embassies, and UK is on same side anyway!

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    • 17 September 2012 03:43, by australian

      Andrew: No-one asked for your dhimmi nonsense. You have given up your country and now quake in fear. Shame on this once great nation!

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      • 17 September 2012 05:18, by Observer

        Australian,
        What a hypocritcal statement from a South Sudanese who is living in Australian and calls himself an Australian.
        Where did you get from Andrew that he had given up on his country ( by the way what country do you think he comes from??) and shakes in fear?
        He was trying to point out something quite relevant.

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        • 17 September 2012 07:28, by australian

          Who said I was Southern Sudanese? Not me.
          As for Andrew, he appeared to be speaking as a British person. Maybe I am wrong. But the British are no longer willing to stand up for themselves. I’ve seen them in Sudan, fawning and cringing. Pathetic!

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          • 17 September 2012 08:14, by Observer

            Australian,
            So you are a Sudanese living in Australia- my apologies for the mistake.
            How long ago were you in Sudan seeing the British fawning and cringing?

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            • 17 September 2012 12:26, by australian

              I’m Australian: a white person born in Australia.
              (Does that make me abominable?)
              Every time I go to the Sudan I meet ignorant British people. They fawn over Muslims: God knows why.

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