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Vol 38 No 15

Published 18th July 1997


Sudan

Great Satan joins the fray

As Sudan's conflict threatens to spread, Washington policy- makers are contemplating the fall of the National Islamic Front

Sudan is moving up Washington's agenda. After years of US ambiguity, those urging a tough line against Khartoum have won the argument over those favouring 'constructive engagement'. This is because, firstly, Sudan's war has intensified and could spread to Eritrea and Ethiopia, which are key to US strategy for the Horn of Africa and Red Sea; and secondly, policy makers are far more worried about Islamist terrorist groups and have better information about Khartoum's links to them.

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