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JIHAD GROUPS PREPARE TO ´AID´ SUDAN / Christians fear for safety amid church, Bible burnings (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) by AARON KLEIN 05/02/12) Source: http://www.wnd.com/2012/05/jihad-groups-prepare-to-aid-sudan/
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A coalition of Islamic jihadist groups are working together to aid the Sudanese government in its military campaign against South Sudan, WND has learned.
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In Gaza, Hamas and the al-Qaida-allied Popular Resistance Committees held a rare meeting last week to discuss methods of support for the Sudanese Republic, according to informed Arab officials.
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The officials said Jihadiya Salafiya, a Gazan jihad group that works under the ideological banner of al-Qaida, already started recruiting fighters to aid the Sudanese Army.
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Jihadiya Salafiya is the military wing of the same Salafist group that just endorsed Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, a former leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood, in his run for Egyptian president.
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Sudan reportedly has been a key arms-smuggling route for weapons to enter Gaza.
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The move comes as the Islamist president of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, declared a state of emergency Sunday for cities along the hotly contested border with South Sudan.
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Just yesterday, South Sudan accused Sudan of launching another in a series of attacks focusing on a key oil region that falls within the jurisdiction of the new state of South Sudan, which was formed last July.
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South Sudan said it was preparing to strike back, in another sign of the festering violence along the frontier that many fear could escalate into an all-out war.
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There are religious overtones to the dispute.
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Sudan has been the subject of severe sanctions due to its alleged ties with the Egyptian Islamic Jihad and al-Qaida terrorist groups.
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When Sudan’s Bashir first seized power in a military coup, he suspended political parties and introduced an Islamic legal code on the national level.
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Currently, Sudan officially is supposed to be a federal, presidential, representative, democratic republic, but Bashir has been widely accused of running an authoritarian regime.
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The landlocked South Sudan became an independent state July 9, 2011.
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The South Sudanese primarily practice animism and Christianity.
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Last month, following border clashes April 9 between Sudan and South Sudan, a Muslim mob reportedly destroyed a church compound in Sudan, with the congregation’s pastor expressing concern about the plight of Christians.
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Pastor Yousif Matar Kodi said hundreds of people descended on his Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church compound in Khartoum after an Islamic cleric called for the action during Friday night prayers.
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“They burned Bibles and torched the school for training clergy on the farm, as well as the residence of the students,” he said.
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Kodi told reporters three worship halls that served as public churches were also destroyed.
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Blaming Islamic extremists for the attack, Kodi continued, “They are the only people who do such things.” (© 2012 WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. 05/02/12)
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