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Symposium on Terrorism Organized by the Brown Land Media Corporation

Abudigana Altahir

The Brownland Media Corporation has recently organized a monumental symposium on terrorism and Sudan’s fight against all of its facets. With figures from the Ministries of Defense and Interior, the International Border Commission, The Army, and the Rapid Support Forces gracing those in attendance with detailed information on the nation’s efforts and bringing to light important information that wasn’t previously well known.

Brigadier General Mohammed Ahmed, a representative of the RSF, said “Terrorism is a persistent global threat that knows no border, nationality, or religion. And is something that the international community must tackle together. The Rapid Support Forces will continue to fight this threat with determination and full solidarity”. Also adding “The Rapid Support forces, represented by the Anti-Terrorist Force of the RSF, participated in quelling the terrorist incident in the Jabra suburb.”

He also highlighted the RSF’s use of the C4I system(Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence) a specialized command center that allows communications with all forces in the effort of keeping Sudan safe.

Colonel Jamal Khalifa, a representative of the Sudanese Police, said “Sudan’s expansive and open borders have helped immensely in legal and illegal immigration. And this has eased the way for terrorist organizations to cross through Sudan, using it as a crossing to the Gulf and European countries. Extremists used legal and illegal immigration to move to their main fighting locations in Syria, Iraq, and Libya. In truth, Sudan has made massive efforts under the banner of suppressing these movements.” continuing “A large number of terrorist cells have been dismantled in the years 2015 and 2016. We here in Sudan, when looking at most terrorist situations, even going back to 1981 and through the eighties in general, the culprits were foreigners. Whether it comes to their financing or carrying out those actions, they were mostly foreign. So it was mostly a novel phenomenon to the people.”

He also stressed, “Sudan has validated all texts and legislations pertaining to counter-terrorism coming from the UN Security Council. Under the banner of its efforts to fight terrorism. We have also executed the orders of the Security Council when it comes to fighting terrorism. The nation validated them and is fully committed to them. Implementing all decisions of the Security Council”.

On the subject of rehabilitation, he said “We also have the centers for mental fortification, which are unique Sudanese experiments. Which are the Intellectual forum centers. And are headed by Dr. Noorain. It has many locations and has even been adopted by many other countries, like Saudi Arabia. It targets people who are prone to extremism like people coming back from warzones and people who were released from prisons like Guantanamo. They are brought here to complete their sentences through these centers, where a large majority of them have been able to go back to being members of society.”

Addressing the issue of criminals using Sudan as asylum, he stated “The nation also exchanges information with counter-terror organizations in neighboring countries. Like with the African Union and the Council of Arab Interior Ministers, we have cooperation with criminal handouts through our branch of Inter-Pol. We also have the police department of counter-terrorism which is the one in charge of such cases in Sudan. We contribute to all investigations as the police, and in readying files for people wanted in their home countries for terrorist acts”.

Abelnasir Abdelgadir, a representative of the National Boundary Commission, said “Sudan has validated all treaties coming from the African Union, the Arab League, and the United Nations. So Sudan has validated, signed, and became part of treaties that it has previously not signed. We have approximately signed eighteen treaties or more in this field. ” Adding “also validating treaties concerning diplomatic individuals on fighting terrorism against the diplomatic citizen or others. due to them being foreigners and requiring more thorough protection.”

He also stated, “Sudan has established several administrative mechanisms to fight money laundering and terrorist financing. It established the national board against money laundering and terrorist finance, which was established due to the law of 2014.” and adding “Sudan has also established a unit called the Unit of Monetary Information. Which is based in the Bank of Sudan, but as a completely separate unit. It presents periodic reports to the national council.”

Going further he said, “Sudan has established some mechanisms for counter-terrorism, like the board against money laundering and terror financing. The esteemed head judge has also established specialized courts, to try criminals that have been a part of terrorist acts. dealing with cases like the attack on Masjid Al-Jarafah, which was done by a person named Huliyfi.”

Retired Mat. General, Mubarak Abdallah, started with “This phenomenon is global and far-reaching. Whatever or whoever is moving will use Sudan’s land or waters to do their business. An example is what is happening in the Levant, Syria, and Iraq, after the destruction of ISIS in Iraq they jumped into Libya which borders Sudan. So such movements are only a matter of time. What is happening in West Africa is not that far, so we need to be prepared to deal with whatever is happening.”

He added, “Unfortunately the domestic front is fragile, we are dealing with foreign influence and meddling in our domestic affairs.”

Dr. Yasser Al-Obaid, a strategic expert, stated “After September 11, things have completely changed when it comes to the international community. Sudan has paid a heavy price due to that. Being under embargoes and in the database of terrorist sponsors for more than 20 years, which affected the economy, social life, and even health of the county.” he added, “We have to raise this issue. And make sure to give it its needed weight, because the ramifications of neglecting it would fall on the Sudanese people.”

Mr. Mekki Elmograbi, a press writer on African affairs, stated that terrorism is not just an enemy of Sudan, but an enemy for all mankind.

Mr. Shawgei Salah, a journalist and researcher on Sustainable Development, stated that the issue of terrorism in Africa is very complicated. “Sudan is open-bordered, which always leaves it open to these types of thoughts coming from outside. Anything that happens in Africa, Sudan can be affected by.”

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