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Vol 50 No 2

Published 23rd January 2009


Sudan

No longer at ease

In the last months of President George Walker Bush's reign, US officials pressed the Khartoum regime over Darfur and Abyei by telling leaders, 'If you think we're tough, wait till the Democrats come in.' It didn't work then but it looks like no idle threat. Though the Republicans have a reputation for military thinking, the National Congress (National Islamic Front) has not forgotten that it was Democrat President Bill Clinton who bombed the El Shifa factory in 1998 after the Islamist attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

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