by Daniel Howden
Iranian warships have arrived in Port Sudan in an apparent show of support
for the government in Khartoum, one week after it accused Israel of bombing
an arms factory in the Sudanese capital. . . .
While Iran said the mission was related to anti-piracy efforts, the move
represents a possible escalation of a proxy war between Iran and Israel that
has been playing out in the conflict between the Sudans.
Israel has emerged as an influential military and commercial ally of South
Sudan since its independence last year, while Iran has strengthened its
links with the Khartoum regime. . . .
Israel has been accused of sending eight fighter jets to destroy an arms
factory in Khartoum last week, in a possible rehearsal for a strike on
Iranian nuclear targets. The government in Israel has refused to confirm or
deny the allegations, with Sudan saying it will report the country to the
UN. Israel has previously referred to Sudan as a "dangerous terrorist
state". Both Israel and the US have bombed targets inside Sudan.
Imagery released by the US monitoring group The Satellite Sentinel Project
supported the Sudanese claims of an air strike. Pictures released by the
group, which is traditionally critical of the regime in Khartoum, showed
half a dozen large craters, measuring more than 50-feet across. . . .
"Southern Sudan Vote: Freedom for
Southern Sudan, or Freedom to Exploit?," The Wisdom Fund, January 9,
Ian Black, "Israeli attack' on Sudanese arms factory offers glimpse of
secret war," guardian.co.uk, October 25, 2012
Anshel Pfeffer, "Sunday Times report details alleged IAF strike on Sudan arms
factory," haaretz.com, October 28, 2012
[The ongoing failure of Sudan and South Sudan to resolve tense standoffs
over oil ownership, border demarcation, and the status of the disputed Abyei
region constitutes a delicate dilemma for China. Namely, Beijing will be
challenged to advance its interests in the Sudans while upholding its
foreign policy principle of non-intervention in other states'
affairs.--Giorgio Cafiero, "China's Sudan
challenge," atimes.com, February 9, 2013]
Khalid Abdelaziz and Andrew Green, "Sudan's
Bashir pledges peace in first South Sudan visit since split," atimes.com, April 4, 2013