South Sudan

INTELLIGENCE: Shock as Gen Bashir Gives Machar Base to Declare War on Salva Kiir  

In the mid-1990s, prostate an al Qaeda operative named Jamal al Fadl embezzled funds that were intended to serve Osama Bin Laden’s cause.

After being smoked out, unhealthy Fadl fled and sought refuge in the American embassy in Eritrea, ed telling them that he was a member of Al Qaeda and he was close to Sheikh Osama.

According to former Al Qaeda member Ibrahim al Qosi’s confession, published in the prestigious Long War Journal, Fadl “informed” the Americans “that he had valuable information on the activities of al Qaeda against the interests of America in East Africa, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen” and elsewhere.

Fadl’s defection was the first time the Americans got a hold of inside information on the economic and military activities of al Qaeda in the area.

With this information in hand, the American government in 1996 pressured the Sudanese government to surrender Sheikh Osama or expel him out of Sudan.

“Sudan refused to surrender him [bin Laden] and opted to expel him,” said Qosi.

The Sudanese “planned in secrecy without” bin Laden’s “knowledge” to “send him to Afghanistan after contacting some of the jihadi leaders in Jalalabad who welcomed the idea and waited to receive him.”

“One night,” Qosi explained, the vice president of Sudan at the time, Omar Bashir, “knocked on the Sheikh’s [bin Laden’s] door.”


Bashir explained to bin Laden that “there had been immense pressure on them to expel him from Sudan” and that the Sudanese government “had arranged and planned for him [bin Laden] to travel to Afghanistan and be a guest among the leaders of jihad in Jalalabad.”

Indeed, the Mujahedeen all over the world would later join Osama to wage a global terrorism campaign against the U.S.

Extremist links

Despite expelling Osama, Sudan under Bashir is thought to have a soft spot for extremists.

Bashir’s fear, according to informed intelligence personnel, is South Sudan being a prosperous country which would undermine his influence in Juba.

In November 14, 2014, President Museveni met with rival South Sudan factions. He said he was compelled to call for the meeting after information emerged that Khartoum was celebrating because they heard that the South Sudanese where fighting and had failed to manage themselves.

“I shared that information with President Salva Kiir and after crosschecking we found that this information is accurate. I thought my brothers should know what was happening and I got in touch with both President Salva Kiir and Rebecca Garang,” said Museveni.

According to military sources, had it not been for immense pressure from United States, Bashir would not have allowed the secession of South Sudan.

“There were many countries including Israel that channeled weapons to SPLA under John Garang through Uganda. But the turning point was President George Bush’s war on terror. After bombing Afghanistan and Iraq, Sudan feared that it would follow suit hence giving a green light to the secession,” recounts an experienced officer who spoke to ChimpReports on condition of anonymity.

However, despite South Sudan’s Independence, Bashir has always expressed fear that an economically independent and militarily powerful Juba could threaten his country’s security.

“This is the main reason why Sudan is always behind Dr Riek Machar. He is their agent in Juba. Without him, Khartoum loses influence over the new country,” the source added.

Machar is currently residing in Khartoum after fleeing Juba’s intense gunfire in July.

Declaration of war

ChimpReports has learned that this past Friday, the SPLA/IO Political Bureau held a meeting in Khartoum where members decided to wage war on South Sudan’s government.

The meeting chaired by Machar was attended by senior political officials including military commanders.

They include Peter Adwok Nyaba (security and defence), Wiu Kun Kuiyang (resource mobilisation), Ramadan Hassan Laku, Mabior Garang, Stephen Par Kuol, Elizabeth Acuei and Dak Duop Bichiok among others.

According to meeting’s resolution, the rebel movement decided to “call for the reorganization of the SPLA/IO so that it can wage a popular armed resistance against the authoritarian and fascist regime of president Sava Kiir in order to bring peace, freedom, democracy and the rule of law in the country.”

This was after the meeting deliberated on the eruption of violence on July 8, 2016 in Juba, which led to the collapse of both the agreements on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan and Transitional Government of National Unity.

Sudan, which had vowed to block the meeting, did not respond to the latest development.

Machar’s concerns

Machar’s movement condemned what it described as “provocations, killing of members of SPLM/IO; attempt to assassinate Riek Machar; launching of the military offensive against SPLM/IO positions in Juba at Jebel sites 1 and 2; military pursuit all the way to DRC aimed at eliminating the leadership of SPLAM/IO and harassment and intimidation of the rest of SPLA/IO leadership in Juba.”

The group further condemned the appointment of Gen Taban Deng Gai as First Vice President to replace Machar, saying the move violated the peace agreement.

Machar’s team also lashed at President Kiir for “establishing 28 states, rejecting cantonment of SPLM/IO forces in Equatoria and Bahr-el-Ghazal; rejecting reconstitution of transitional national legislative assembly and continuous violation of the transitional security arrangements.”

The movement accused international community of “inaction, indifference, appeasement and acquiescence with the government” which it said continues to abuse human rights.

The SPLM/IO went ahead to demand the implementation institutions of the peace agreements to suspend their activities in South Sudan till resuscitation of agreement and reconstitution of the Transitional National Government.

It also called for the “rapid deployment of regional protection force all over South Sudan and demilitarization of the entire major towns; cantonment of all forces; and immediate expulsion of all foreign allied forces from South Sudan.”

An officer in charge of a regional security monitoring outfit said Bashir cold quietly support Machar to destabilize South Sudan as a bargaining chip to regain his influence in Juba.

“But this is something the regional powers have learnt and could see Sudan met stiff resistance both diplomatically and militarily. The U.S. needs to exert pressure on Khartoum to isolate Machar,” the source advised.

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