Sunday, May 11, 2008

Iran's Penetration Into Central Africa Continues..

As I reported here about three weeks ago, the Iranian octopus is expanding into Central Africa via an extensive arms deal and alliance with the jihadist regime of Omar al-Bashir in the Sudan, making an attempt to take over the neighboring country of Chad...and its oil and uranium.

The Sudanese regime has been backing the Islamist insurgents trying to overthrow the regime of Chad's president Idriss D├ęby, and thanks to Iran's new backing, it's developed into something of a proxy war between Chad and the Darfur rebels on theone hand and Iran, the Sudan and Chad's Islamist rebels in the eastern part of the country on the other.

You'll notice from the map above that Darfur is the buffer between the two countries. That should give some of you a clue as to one reason the al-Bashir regime wants those people out of the way.

Things heated up considerably in the last few days, as Chad apparently decided that turnabout is fair play and backed an offensive by one of the best armed and organized rebel groups, the Justice and Equality movement into the Sudan.

Crossing hundreds of miles of harsh desert, the JEM fighters actually attacked Khartoum, the capitol. The regime claims they were beaten back with heavy losses (which is likely correct) but the city is still under curfew an dnews is spotty.

The rebels also claimed to have taken control of Omdurman, just across the Nile from Khartoum, but there's been no confirmation yet.

In response to the attack,the Sudanese immediately blamed Chad and broke off whatever relations still existed.

"These forces are all basically Chadian forces supported and prepared by Chad and they moved from Chad under the leadership of Khalil Ibrahim," President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said on state television.

Mr Ibrahim is the leader of the Darfur rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) which attacked Khartoum state's suburb Omdurman after a lightning move through the country from the Chadian border.

"We are now cutting our diplomatic relations with this regime," Mr Bashir said.

Look for things to heat up here especially once Iran starts arming and training the Sudanese military and the Chadian Islamaist rebels as they implement their alliance with the al-Bashir regime.

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