JIHAD GROUPS PREPARE TO ´AID´ SUDAN / Christians fear for safety amid church, Bible burnings (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) by AARON KLEIN 05/02/12)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Sudan reportedly has been a key arms-smuggling route for weapons to
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.
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
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.
There are religious overtones to the dispute.
Sudan has been the subject of severe sanctions due to its alleged
ties with the Egyptian Islamic Jihad and al-Qaida terrorist groups.
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.
Currently, Sudan officially is supposed to be a federal,
presidential, representative, democratic republic, but Bashir has
been widely accused of running an authoritarian regime.
The landlocked South Sudan became an independent state July 9, 2011.
The South Sudanese primarily practice animism and Christianity.
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
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.
“They burned Bibles and torched the school for training clergy on the
farm, as well as the residence of the students,” he said.
Kodi told reporters three worship halls that served as public
churches were also destroyed.
Blaming Islamic extremists for the attack, Kodi continued, “They are
the only people who do such things.” (© 2012 WorldNetDaily.com, Inc.
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