Sudan, blacklisted by Washington for its alleged role
in supporting Usama bin Laden, has become the newest
member of the U.S.-led coalition-of-the-willing. The
Sudanese government, much criticized by the Bush
administration for ethnic cleansing in Darfur, has now
become a valuable intelligence asset to the Homeland
Security Office, and its underlings, the CIA, FBI, NSA,
According to an article in the Guardian, Sudanese agents
have penetrated terrorist networks in Africa and the Middle
East, receiving praise from the U.S. for detaining foreign
insurgents who were going to join the anti-American insurgency
in Iraq, and for assisting the CIA in monitoring terrorist
organizations in Somalia.
A U.S. official said Washington and Khartoum have a strong
intelligence relationship, and that the Sudanese government is
the only one in the Arab League to contribute positively to the
protection of U.S. troops and civilians in Iraq.
The L.A. Times reported on May 5/05 that Salah Abdallah Gosh,
Sudan's chief of intelligence had been a guest of Washington, and
that the Sudanese secret police have been cracking down on
suspected terrorists. The paper also reports that Khartoum has been
sharing this intelligence with U.S. agencies, as well as allowing U.S. personnel to conduct interrogations on al-Qaeda and other terrorists,
most of whom were said to be Saudi militants, who had been captured by Sudanese security forces in May of 2003.
The U.S. State Department said that "officially" Washington's position towards Khartoum will remain the same, that Sudan is considered to be a sponsor of anti-American terrorism, for harbouring bin Laden and other international terrorists. In 1993, Washington included Sudan on its
terrorist regime watchlist even though it offered to give the U.S. two terrorists suspected of bombing U.S. embassies in east Africa, and that Khartoum offered bin Laden to the U.S., with Washington rejecting the
offer, according to a state department official, who further added that
the U.S. response was to blow up a pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum
with cruise missiles.
Human rights groups have protested the arrival of General Gosh to
Washington and his meeting with Bush and company. Gosh is one of the
many Sudanese officials that have been charged in the International
Criminal Court for human rights violations, which the U.S. arrogantly continues to ignore.
Washington said that the political chill between the U.S. and Sudan has warmed and thawed considerably with Sudan's willingness to cooperate
fully with the U.S. in its war on terrorism, despite the U.S. government's "official" public declaration to the contrary.