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Sudan seeks negotiated settlement with U.S. victims of embassy bombing

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The Aug. 8, 1998, bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. (AP file photo)
February 26, 2020 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan seeks to reach a compromise with the victims of the al Qaeda’s 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania to fulfil the conditions posed by the US administration for the lift of sanctions.

Sudanese government on 13 February reached a deal with the families of U.S. sailors killed in the al Qaeda bombing of the destroyer USS Cole. According to the deal, Khartoum will pay them $30 million and in return, the case will be closed definitively.

Asked about his government approach with the victims of the embassies, Information Minister and Government Spokesperson Faisal Mohamed Saleh said they want to reach an agreement negotiated with the victims and their families to settle the case.

"The approach we used to negotiate a reasonable compensation for the families of the victims of the destroyer USS Cole would be the same approach that the representatives of the Government of Sudan and legal practitioners will work on in the case of the victims of the embassies bombings.," Saleh said.

"There will be negotiations and we hope to reach a reasonable compensation that the government can pay," he added in a press conference after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

The minister reiterated that the government of Sudan and the Sudanese people are not responsible for these attacks. But, his government deals with them as a fait accompli issued by an American court and has become one of the conditions for lifting sanctions on Sudan.

He further said that the government is determined to close this file and address the remaining political points with the US administration to remove the name of Sudan from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism (SST).

Under Secretary for Political Affairs, David Hale on 14 January urged Sudan’s Foreign Minister Asma Abdallah to pay financial compensations to family members of the victims of terrorist attacks before to remove the impoverished country from the SST list.

"The Under Secretary underscored that compensation for the victims of terrorism remains a priority for the U.S. government," said the State Department in a statement issued after the meeting.

The simultaneous bombings on 7 August 1998 at the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, resulted in the death of more than 200 people and thousands were injured.

On 24 February, the victims of the 1998 bombing challenged before the U.S. Supreme Court a rule by a court of appeal in favour of the Sudanese government that overturned about $4.3 billion in punitive damages of $10.2 billion initially awarded to the families.

The court of appeal said the federal Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act bars punitive damages for events such as the bombings if they happened before a 2008 amendment to the law.

The judges of the Supreme Court have to see if this decision was right or to revoke it.

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  • 26 February 2020 10:33, by Fathi

    Sudan Tribune where are you getting this 30 million from? A bunch of the US outlets and propagandists are saying 70 million was paid for the USS Cole.

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  • 26 February 2020 10:54, by Fathi

    This whole thing bogus. Sudan expelled bin Laden and his cronies in 1996. Sudan even gave all the intel files on Al Qaeda and bin Laden to the US. To then hold Sudan accountable for 1998 & 2000 attacks is the US attempt to deflect blame for their repeated intelligence failures and justify extorting a 3rd world country, which they later divided.

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    • 26 February 2020 11:00, by Fathi

      Sudan must continue reject complicity for 1998 and 2000 attacks but attempt to payoff the US, which is acting like a mafia boss. If we don’t reject complicity, I wouldn’t be surprised if the US tries to blame 9/11 on Sudan.

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      • 26 February 2020 11:03, by Fathi

        How come only official state sponsors of terrorism are held accountable? What kind of bullshit law is that? Anyone sponsoring terrorism should be held to the same standard, not just those countries labeled as a SST. We know that isn’t the case because half their allies in sponsor terrorism in the middle east.

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        • 26 February 2020 11:07, by Fathi

          Perfect example is Turkey sending jihadists (Al Nusra) to Idlib and Libya, while Israel is arming terrorists throughout Syria and treating wounded ISIS soldiers in Israel. Don’t even get me started on the western praised white helmets, who in reality are likely terrorists themselves and fake chemical attacks to get western support against Assad.

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          • 26 February 2020 11:10, by Fathi

            For those who deny this, answer me this: Why was Baghdadi in the US controlled Idlib, Syria? It wasn’t until the Syrian forces were on an offensive that he was killed. Every time Syrian Army is on an offensive, Israel slows them down, by acting as the jihadi airforce lol

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            • 26 February 2020 11:18, by Fathi

              Notice how US outrage against Turkey changed when Turkey started to cause problems in Idlib. Meanwhile the idiot US president, who lacks morals and ethics, tells his cult that he has removed troops from Syria and is bragging about actively and illegally stealing their oil.

              Why was bin Laden in Pakistan? Another US "ally" ....

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              • 26 February 2020 11:20, by Fathi

                The hypocrisy is mindblowing.

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  • 26 February 2020 11:23, by Fathi

    Also, why is it that the trial is being held and carried out by US courts? There is a clear conflict of interest. This is a political trial. Lower court judges could easily be removed if they don’t agree with the US ruling.

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    • 26 February 2020 11:27, by Fathi

      If you want to talk about the supreme court, well that court is bullshit also. Trump recently appointed 2 new judges, one is a janjaweed-like rapist too. Trump, himself, criticized 2 of the liberal judges recently and pointed out that they are not impartial and requested they recuse themselves from trials involving him.

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      • 26 February 2020 11:33, by Fathi

        I find it suspicious that the supreme court randomly decided to pick up this case, despite having hundreds or thousands pick from, and deal with it now, 22 years after the attacks. They know damn well Sudan is desperate to get off the SST. They could’ve done so more easily by dealing with the 6 billion instead of the now possible 10 billion. US courts are not impartial.

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        • 26 February 2020 11:38, by Fathi

          The US supreme court recently ruled that border patrol agents can legally shoot people, in the Mexican side of the border, from the US side of border and not be held accountable. How is that not a biased ruling?

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          • 26 February 2020 11:44, by Fathi

            Sudan being on the SST list is a way for the US to colonize Sudan without attacking it directly. The US could remove Sudan while Sudan is negotiating payments to victims. Instead the US is delaying removal while they continue to exploit Sudan.
            I even read that the US involvement in mediating Nile water shares includes forcing Sudan to sign as a precondition.

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            • 26 February 2020 11:49, by Fathi

              Despite being in a terrible economic condition, Sudan should slow down complete compliance with all the new US demands, except for counter terrorism compliance. Sudan should slow down compliance with these demands until after the donor conference. Following removal from SST, Sudan should demand military aid as part of the counter-terrorism compliance like how every country receives

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  • 26 February 2020 11:56, by Fathi

    One last thing ... how is it legal that the US can unilaterally make up laws 10 years after the attacks and then apply them retroactively to increase the amount they are going to extort Sudan? If that’s the case why not declare colonizers state sponsors of terrorism and let us sue the British Empire and Ottoman Empire?

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    • 26 February 2020 15:43, by Khent

      Fathi

      I agree with absolutely everything you’ve outlined on the immorality of US foreign policy; the United States is a hyper-power that routinely engages in destructive collective punishment in order to achieve its foreign policy goals. Iran is being prevented from accessing essential, life-saving medicines. We all know that former Secretary of State ,Madeleine Albright...

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      • 26 February 2020 16:06, by Khent

        ..answered "yes" when asked if the deaths of half a million Iraqi children was worth it as a consequence of horrific US sanctions on Iraq. Omar al Bashir should NEVER have attracted the sights of the Washington-Wall-Street consensus. I don’t think it’s advisable for relatively weak Nations to challenge US hegemony without the backing of regional blocks...

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        • 27 February 2020 13:41, by Fathi

          The most important thing you just said is that it is not "advisable for relatively weak Nations to challenge US hegemony without the backing of regional blocks". That is precisely true. Look at Assaad with the backing of Russia. Even if you have regional backing, you shouldn’t cross them. Best case scenario is that your country is destroyed & exploited but you retain power

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          • 27 February 2020 13:47, by Fathi

            The naive inexperienced young power-hungry bashir was dumb allowing religious zealot Turabi dictate foreign policy. The cold war was over at the time and war-hawks needed someone else to focus on or exploit. Bashir is the most selfish dictator. He should’ve abdicated to Dr. John Garang instead.

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            • 28 February 2020 06:28, by Khent

              Fathi

              The entirety of this pathetic continent is filled with myopic, selfish, corrupt despots. Our ’leaders’ must be made to understand that the Country is bigger than any one individual; Bashir should have negotiated a peace deal instead of listening to the very man (Turabi) that poisoned the mind of Gafaar Nimeiry...

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              • 28 February 2020 07:01, by Khent

                ..and the devil’s whispers sparked an unnecessary and terribly destructive war. I think we’re all beginning to understand that family infighting only benefits the would be conqueror of us all. We need to resolve our disputes and build large regional blocks; and I’m not referring to something akin to the so called "African Union"; an organisation that receives its operating finances from the EU...

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                • 28 February 2020 07:17, by Khent

                  ..And the golden rule is simple -> he who has the gold, rules. Financing should strictly come from within and our institutions should serve only us. We need a multi-polar world and regional (and eventually Continental blocks) will be essential in building that. It’s depressing contrasting these thoughts with our current reality.

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                  • 28 February 2020 10:20, by Fathi

                    Khent,

                    Do you know why Sadiq al-Mahdi was unable to make peace with the SPLM when he became prime minister? I genuinely want to know. I’ve heard rumors that Sadiq al-Mahdi wanted peace with the SPLM but was pressured not to make peace after the downing of civilian airliner.

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                    • 28 February 2020 10:27, by Fathi

                      Even if our leaders weren’t corrupt & selfish despots, it is hard to build large regional blocks without the backing of western powers. Then we have to work with leaders that are western backed surrogates. It feels like everything has to align perfectly in order to achieve our goals. Then if you piss them off in the process they could easily cause instability in your country.

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                      • 28 February 2020 10:32, by Fathi

                        For example, look at France’s hold on west africa. Even when several countries grouped together to get rid of the CFA Franc and establish the ECO as the new currency, France was able to infiltrate the ECO and still have a grip on the currency.

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                        • 28 February 2020 10:35, by Fathi

                          The AU is a joke and we aren’t closer to achieving the goals of the founding fathers since the AU was established.

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                          • 28 February 2020 10:39, by Fathi

                            African countries must fly under the radar and only trade resources in exchange for technology and investments. We must continuously work on establishing greater independence and decrease reliance on conditional aid. That is exactly what China did. China surprised the west and now China can sanction any country that sanctions it.

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                            • 28 February 2020 10:43, by Fathi

                              We must minimize corruption as much as possible in the process. We must keep all documentation pertaining to resources secret as long as possible since that is all western nations are interested in. We must gradually develop our defences and create our own weapons so that any future invasion will be costly.

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                              • 28 February 2020 10:47, by Fathi

                                We must be extremely careful with loans, especially ones from the IMF, World Bank, and even China. They’re predatory and lead to exploitation. For example, look at how Chad is forced to sell its oil at lower rates now.

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                                • 28 February 2020 10:48, by Fathi

                                  Lastly and possibly 1 of the most important things is to develop defence agreements with neighboring countries, regional powers, and even eastern global powers.

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  • 5 March 2020 09:15, by Fathi

    Khent,
    If you access this again, let me know your email. I want to send a pdf of a book.

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    • 6 March 2020 13:06, by Khent

      Fathi

      Apologies for the late response, mate. I got caught up.

      I think that a combination of patience and vigilance will be essential if we intend to bridle Western NGOs whilst also controlling at least part of the narrative; in addition to legislating our own foreign registration acts, we need to require NGOs to pay the expense of keeping tabs on them...

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      • 6 March 2020 13:49, by Khent

        You’re right that a united position (regional or continental) on NGOs would make it prohibitively difficult for them to succeed.

        I readily admit that there might be a more benign explanation for the "God’s chosen people" belief among the Jews — but this belief has also created a great degree of arrogance and obstinance. Their literature is filled with it.

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        • 6 March 2020 14:07, by Khent

          Abiy Ahmed is putting Ethiopia on the right path and seems to understand that his landlocked country needs Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia to secure its economic growth and to reduce hostilities and security threats with Eritrea. I just hope that we don’t become fragmented and create ethnic based blocks in the region...

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          • 6 March 2020 14:18, by Khent

            Provided that the peace holds, South Sudan will have to get a real handle on corruption in order to realise any sort of economic growth; the diaspora will have to return with knowledge of policies and systems to increase transparency and accountability. We have to replicate some of the anti-corruption systems that countries like New Zealand and Denmark have put into place.

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            • 6 March 2020 14:29, by Khent

              We will all have to confront the past if we mean to improve relations between ourselves; it’s human nature to ignore negative accounting of ourselves, so it’s not unique to the North. The Dinka (my tribe) are taking land from multiple tribes in Upper Nile, and every time I’ve mentioned this there’s been a hostile reaction and a rejection of the facts.

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              • 6 March 2020 14:35, by Khent

                I only found out about Chief Awutiek Awuetik recently through Google books and I never knew that South Sudanese troops fought in Mexico on behalf of France; I’ll have to be a lot more thorough in my research in order to get a more complete picture of our history.

                Thanks for sharing some historical facts with me.

                My email is: takhent@gmail.com

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