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Sudan to increase military budget next year - parliament


November 5, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese parliament revealed on Sunday that the country’s military budget will be increased next year to strengthen the army’s defense capabilities as criticism grows over the failure to respond to an Israeli airstrike that allegedly destroyed an arms factory in the capital Khartoum last month.

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The parliament’s deputy speaker, Hajo Gasim Al-Sid, who made the announcement threatened that Sudan will pay Israel back “if not today then tomorrow”. The official was referring to the alleged Israeli air attack on a military factory in the southern suburbs of Khartoum.

Khartoum says four Israeli jet fighters used high technology to jam its radars before striking the factory and left the country without any interference from Sudan’s air defense forces.

Sudan already spends a big chunk of its budget on defense. According to latest figures by Research and Markets, a think-tank, the Sudanese defense expenditure stood at US$3.308bn in 2010 and is expected to rise to US$3.923bn in 2011, amounting to 22.2% of GDP.

The Sudanese air force consists of 61 combat capable aircraft, as well as Russian-built Divina 2 anti-aircraft missiles, according to the 2012 edition of the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ The Military Balance”.

The parliamentarian described Sudan’s complaint to the UN Security Council (UNSC) against Israel as “futile”, accusing the world organization of neglecting Sudanese complaints. He also called for compensating those affected by the alleged airstrike and relocating military factories outside of the capital.

The information minister Ahmed Bilal Osman said last week that the president Omer Al-Bashir had given the instruction to relocate the ammunition factory outside the capital.

Meanwhile, Sudan defense minister Abdel Rahim Mohamed Hussein officially asked to cancel his scheduled appearance before the parliament today, 5 November, citing commitments to attend meetings of the joint security committee with neighbouring South Sudan in the latter’s capital Juba.

Hussein has been keeping a low profile and has made no public comment to date about the alleged Israeli airstrike, which gave rise to calls for his resignation on account of his failure to protect the country.

The opposition Popular Congress Party (PCP) led by Hassan Al-Turabi renewed criticism against the government on Saturday, holding it responsible for what it termed as the violation of the sanctity of Sudanese territories.

PCP’s political secretary Kamal Omar said that the regime’s suspicious relations are what led Israel to attack the factory, in reference to rumors that Al-Yarmouk is linked to military cooperation between Sudan and Iran.

Omer derided what he described as the fact that the government was using its military capabilities in pulverizing its opponents in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile while four Israeli jet fighters violated Sudanese airspace, bombed a military facility and flew back home unharmed.

The opposition official called on the government “to go” after it embarrassed the country and ran national sovereignty to the ground. He added that this regime can no longer be trusted to protect Sudan and called for the resignation of defense minister.

Similarly, a prominent cleric, Imam Kamal Riziq of Khartoum Grand Mosque, launched a scathing attack against the government during his sermon on Friday, saying that it holds direct responsibility for repeated Israeli attacks.

Riziq also called for sacking the defence minister and holding him accountable because he bears the main responsibility for failing to prevent this attack.


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  • 5 November 2012 08:36, by Northern Sudanese

    it sounds good but this will only increase the number of guns, tanks and aircrafts. this is not what we need, we need a removal of the UN’s arms embargo innorder to acquire high tech weapons. russian and chinese weapons are too expensive, in USA we can get those weapons for halve the price. to secure our space, we must get high tech radars and an increase in anti aircraft missiles.

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    • 5 November 2012 09:50, by Mach

      So, an increase to Sudan military budget will give Sudan the capability to response to Israelis strike! That sounds very funny. No country in the entire African continent and Middle East as well would dare to challenge Israelis. Sudan can’t even feed its people autonomously let alone challenging Israel. Sudan is just living in a fantasy world!

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      • 5 November 2012 17:57, by Northern Sudanese

        so your just bashing your own continent? btw who has let you come out of the US prison?
        we aint care how strong Israel is, it aint stop us from defending our airspace. so if you got attacked you just sit down and say i can’t fight those people?

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        • 6 November 2012 01:56, by Mach

          Northern Sudanese, you don’t pretend to be something you’re not. you can pretend any way you want that you can beat Israel; but remember, a wise man or woman always admit to the truth even if the truth is painful or embarrassing to his or herself. If you don’t acknowledge the facts; then you’ll never know the different between what’s right or wrong and what’s true or false!!

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    • 5 November 2012 12:44, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Northern Sudanes,It depent if the flowing of the Oil is going well from the south Sudan, otherwise it will be very dificult for Khartoum to talk on such kind of amount for increasing their Military budget next year.

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    • 5 November 2012 16:51, by Rommel

      Northern Sudanese:
      When it comes to comedy, I think you might actually be better than Richard Pryor. Please help me grasp the thematic hinge of your post: Are you really entertaining the laughable idea that the United States [an ally of Israel] would provide you with the tools to complicate and temper Israel’s justifiable military actions in Sudan!? Why on earth would they want to do that!?

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      • 5 November 2012 16:54, by Rommel

        The "West" absolutely dominates the Security Council — not only in terms of members that comprise it, but in terms of the agenda as well as the general direction of the UNSC... reducing China and Russia to mere reactionaries. What makes you *think* [for even a micro second] that this triumvirate > France, Britain and the United States would lift this embargo!?

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        • 5 November 2012 17:03, by Rommel

          Please tell me where you got the idea that Russian & Chinese military platforms and systems are in fact more expensive than their ’Western’ analogues!? Can you mention just one? Entertain my curiosity.

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        • 5 November 2012 18:03, by Northern Sudanese

          our only problem is US, and UK and France have pretty much helped Sudan.

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      • 5 November 2012 18:02, by Northern Sudanese

        when it comes to brains, you are even dumber than mr.bean . i only gave an example, if the UN removes the embargo we can get weapons from everywhere, and the US provides all countries in with weapons for e.g Egypt.

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        • 5 November 2012 19:05, by Rommel

          Northern Sudanese:
          I don’t know if you know this, but you actually need wit in order to insult someone else in a a mature, savory and dignified manner. The embargo is not going to be lifted any time soon — not in this Century... so please stop fantasizing. The reason the United States subsidizes and provides Egypt with weapons is because of the peace treaty Egypt signed with Israel in 1979...

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          • 5 November 2012 19:17, by Rommel

            .. in which it would recognize Israel and maintain peace with it in exchange for financial and military assistance from the United States. The UK and the U.S. are inextricably linked in what is called the Anglo-American establishment — meaning that they work in tandem with each other on virtually every issue. And as for France.. they are just another lackey of the United States.

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  • 5 November 2012 08:40, by Northern Sudanese

    Our current radars are too old for Israeli aircrafts, that led to a number of attacks. to remind the government, why hasn’t Israel until now not attacked Iran? because it knows her planes would be downed. we don’t have the capability to get to Israel, but we do have the capability to down their planes.

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    • 5 November 2012 17:49, by Rommel

      It’s clear that you don’t know what you’re talking about and seem rather proud of it. Israel cannot unilaterally attack Iran’s nuclear sites for a number of reasons: Iran’s nuclear facilities are strategically placed in mountains, under subterranean bedrock — that would require the sort of bunker-busters that Israel doesn’t currently have.

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      • 5 November 2012 18:02, by Rommel

        Iran is also quite a distance away from Israel; the Jewish State would have to muster at least a 100 aircraft for the operation; an operation that would require AWACS and airborne refueling tankers, tasked with bombing dispersed and entrenched targets, over and over again. Israel does not have B-52 bombers to deliver the 30,000-pound GBU-57 needed to penetrate the subterranean bedrock.

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        • 5 November 2012 18:15, by Rommel

          If Israel were to unilaterally attack Iran, the Islamic Republic would respond by closing off the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow channel of water that a third of the world’s oil passes through... an action that would have disastrous consequences for the global economy.

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          • 5 November 2012 18:27, by Rommel

            U.S. forces and bases in the Gulf would also come under attack. This would irreparably harm American-Israeli relations. Iran would undoubtedly make full use of its proxies [such as Hezbollah] to devastate Israel in a multifaceted war on multiple fronts, thereby stretching Israel’s military machine paper thin and attenuating its effectiveness as a consequence.

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            • 5 November 2012 18:37, by Rommel

              I only went to the trouble of listing and explaining the many difficulties that Israel would have to confront and overcome should it decide to unilaterally embark on such an action, to highlight to *you* that you don’t have the same kind of leverage (s) over Israel. Even if by some miracle you managed to down their aircraft ... you would be pulverized at the heels of this fleeting achievement.

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    • 5 November 2012 18:27, by Ruach

      Northern Sudanese:You must be kidding my friend.Where was your radar when your aminution factory was destroyed at 3:00am? That is like a decision of a child that can think that their food is better than in another home! You can never release even a single bullet maybe pop sound through your anuses and say isumbilaay!!

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  • 5 November 2012 08:41, by Akol Liai Mager

    I knew that NIF Criminals were going to use $7 Billions Dollars from South Sudan’s Oil to buy more sophiscated Weapons to kill more African North Sudanese. However, Weapons and Wealth alone cannot win an ethnic cleansing war without rights. It is rights side that God stands by. God would not stand with those who take lives, but with those whose lives are being taken.

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    • 5 November 2012 09:05, by Kurnyel

      Big yes to my gov’t the rats of S.Sudan need to be squeeze out of border next year millitarly.

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      • 5 November 2012 13:42, by Loko El Pollo

        Iam worried about mohammed Ali life after the Yarmook wareshouse strike?.Mohammed let us know if you are okay?

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  • 5 November 2012 09:16, by 4Justice

    ....and what is Salva Kiir doing to protect South Sudan??

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    • 5 November 2012 09:35, by Xeno

      .....Kiir is creating commissions to celebrate the coming of omar elbeshier! pathetic

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    • 5 November 2012 10:10, by Martin Muong

      @4Justice, good question bro. This is the question we should be asking President for. We can’t bear living without sophisticated military weapons such as fighter-jets, air missiles etc. It will be positive step word if we buy them take my word for it. Mr Salva Kiir need to be vigilance.

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      • 5 November 2012 10:31, by Martin Muong

        Oops! I mean
        @4Justice, good question bro. This is the question we should be asking President for. We can’t bear living without sophisticated military weapons such as fighter-jets, air missiles etc. It will be positive step forward if we buy them take my word for it. Mr Salva Kiir need to be vigilance.

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      • 5 November 2012 11:26, by Peacocktail

        South Sudan can not afford Jet fighters now, We have heavyerm ground attackers and is good but for Long term strategies, South Sudan National Army Must liase awith Isreal to import new radars and Modern Jet fighters from China. What China need is money no Conddition of Democracy, Rule of Laws, Transparency, Accountability, loyalty.we export our Oil, Buy weapons we want in the Country unlike Sudan

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  • 5 November 2012 11:04, by Observer

    Just what we don’t need and that is more spending on the military. We need to spend less on the military and more on health and education.
    It is obscene that we will be spending 22% of our GDP on military.

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  • 5 November 2012 12:09, by Gabriel KK

    Where will your money come from?

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  • 5 November 2012 14:20, by Tutbol

    Although israel is S Sudan ally, i don’t entertain the idea of invading other countries with impunity. Israel always acts as if it is a 7-permenant member of the UNSC & this doesn’t portents the world’s peace, but more like an obvious bullying. Most of israel’s sophisticated weaponries are US tax-payers rebated. So don’t we just blindly blow our horns on the israelis weapons superiority supports.

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  • 5 November 2012 15:13, by Son of Ngundeng

    When sudanese talk if you don’t know them before you can run and leave the place to them,even you bought all the world’s weapons its nothing to israel and nothing to south sudan when man went to join war even with the stick he can depeat the man who has got gun becouse he caring the woman’s heart do not decieving yourselves that you are going to increase the weapons and the thick tanks its nothing

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