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Intelligence Report Links Al Qaeda to Janjaweed in Sudan
A recent international intelligence document says there are credible reports that a cadre of about 15 al Qaeda operatives in Sudan are providing training to troops under the control of Janjaweed leader Musa Hilal.

This is striking given the recent mentions of the janjaweed in Osama bin Laden's most recent public pronouncements, where the Arabs fighters in Sudan are congratulated along with the Islamists in Somalia.

Sudanese officials, who have done nothing so far to halt the Darfur slaughter by the janjaweed, have seized on the report and others like it insist the government's hands are tied in controlling the murderous raiders because the janjaweed are tied to al Qaeda, not the government.

Such logic may be a useful way to try to deflect the accusations of government participation in the genocide there, when faced with strong evidence of al Qaeda support. But the government, which hosted bin Laden and continues to maintain contact with al Qaeda groups, cannot and should not be allowed to get away with such egregious support for mass murder.

The confidential report says the trainers are foreigners who have arrived in Sudan from Kenya, Mali, Libya, Somalia and southern Egypt, and possibly Yemen. There are indications the cadre came out of Afghanistan and Iraq to join the janjaweed for training and combat.

The report suggests that "in the last week of April 2006, Arab militia have left from Kabkabiya, Misteria and Fata Borno. Their movement has allegedly been ordered by the prominent Janjaweed leader Musa Hilal.

"Hilal who is allegedly being supported by Al Osman Mohamed Taha (VP) has recently received 20 Toyota vehicles from VP Taha. It was also reported that the go-between person for VP Taha and Musa Hilal is a military officer whose name is Saeed (last name not yet known). Assisting him in some of his efforts is
a person called Mohamed Suleiman Rabi who is a “waha” or chief of some of the Arab Nomads especially around the Mallit area.

"Other report suggests that an Arab chief by the name of Mohamed Quiness Toe (last name spelt phonetically) who is from the Old Rashead tribe, received 17 vehicles from an unknown sponsor who then transported them to Giri village, one of the three suspected training camps. "

Given the world's inability to sustain its focus even on the most egregious abuses, such reports may help bring attention on Sudan and its government's organic ties to al Qaeda and the janjaweed for counter-terrorism reasons, rather than humanitarian, ethical or moral reasons.

While this is a good reason, Darfur has languished for far too long n an unsavory mix of politics, ethnic cleansing, religiously-justified murder, AU incompetence and world indifference.

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