It is interesting how the civil war that has now broken out between the RSF under General Hemedti and the Sudanese army under General Burhan is perceived by Islamists and Iran. The Tehran Times devotes two articles to the subject. From Iran’s perspective, the civil war is an Israeli Mossad plan and Sudan is now paying the price for the betrayal of the 3 No policy and Hemedti’s and Burhan’s approval of the Abraham Accords, which foresees diplomatic relations with Israel and led to the new sitauation that Sudan was taken off the US terror list, with Israel now allegedly preferring Hemedti to crush Burhan’s Islamist army, using Hemedti and his troops as Israeli mercenaries to split up Sudan, as has already happened with South Sudan. It’s all about weakening Islamism and grabbing the country’s raw materials.
The price of betrayal to „The Three Noes of Khartoum“
By Mohammad Sarfi
April 27, 2023 – 0:14
TEHRAN- After the six-day war between Arabs and Israel in 1967, Arab leaders gathered in Khartoum. The Arab League summit ended on September 1st with a seven-point resolution. This meeting and resolution became famous and historic because of its third point.
The third point of the Khartoum resolution emphasized that:
“The Arab Heads of State have agreed to unite their political efforts at the international and diplomatic level to eliminate the effects of the aggression and to ensure the withdrawal of the aggressive Israeli forces from the Arab lands which have been occupied since the aggression of 5 June. This will be done within the framework of the main principles by which the Arab States abide, namely, no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with it, and insistence on the rights of the Palestinian people in their own country.”
In this point, there were three important commitments that became famous as the „Three Noes.“ Since then, Sudan has undergone many ups and downs, including about 15 coups.
Two years after the Sudanese army, under the leadership of General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, overthrew President Omar al-Bashir in a coup, a political delegation from the Israeli regime visited Sudan. In the meetings and negotiations, the coup leaders agreed with Israeli envoys to pave the way for Sudan’s reconciliation with Israel.
The head of the Israeli delegation was Eli Cohen. He triumphantly returned from Khartoum saying that the „Three Noes“ had become „Three Yeses“: “We are building a new reality with the Sudanese, in which the „Three Noes“ will become the „Three Yeses“: Yes to negotiations between Israel and Sudan, yes to recognition of Israel and yes to peace between the states and between the peoples.”
This relationship continued and in the latest visit on February 2, 2023, Cohen, the foreign minister of the Israeli regime, met with General al-Burhan and the defense minister of the coup government in Khartoum.
General al-Burhan, who had opened the doors of Khartoum to the child-killing regime, did not expect to be betrayed. After Hemedti, the commander of the RSF paramilitaries, staged a coup against him and plunged Sudan into a battlefield and turmoil, Tel Aviv stood by Hemedti.
Both Hemedti and al-Burhan have shown their allegiance to Israel, but Hemedti has characteristics that are currently more beneficial to Israel. Hemedti’s control over Sudan could lead to the collapse of the country’s army. It should be noted that the body of Sudan’s army is made up of Islamist and anti-Israel forces, and its collapse is a win for Tel Aviv.
Another point is that Hemedti has shown more audacity to move towards Israel’s goals and his forces can take on the role of mercenaries for Israel in surrounding areas and even further away. They took on this role extensively in the Yemen war. Hemedti’s victory opens the way for partitioning Sudan once again, as Israel did with South Sudan.
News sources have said that Mossad has had contact with Hemedti and the mediator of this contact is also the UAE. This contact and support have angered General al-Burhan, who had promised to normalize relations with Israel.
The situation in Sudan has become more complicated than before and the people of this country are paying the price for the power struggle between the generals. The interesting point of the story is that Israel has announced in its latest official position that it wants to mediate between the two generals.
What is certain is that just as Israel betrayed General al-Burhan, it will also turn its back on Hemedti when necessary. The result of betraying the Palestinian cause and colluding with the number one enemy of the Islamic world is nothing but a boomerang effect. The generals come and go in Sudan, but the Muslim people’s opinion about Israel does not change.
Mohammad Sarfi is Editor-in-Chief Tehran Times
The question of who is an Islamist and who is not is somewhat contradictory. Iran declares General Burhan to be the actual Islamist general, although he, like Hemedti, established the Abraham Accord and good relations with Israel, both overthrew Bashir, who was the actual Islamist general and dictator for decades and who also cooperated with the Islamist Turabi and Osama Bin Laden at times until he distanced himself from them, but not from the 3-No policy towards Israel, and continued to be an enemy of the USA and Israel, until the paramilitary militia leader Hemedti, who emerged from the Janjaweed militias and who was criticized on the part of the old Janwaweed leader Hilal connected with Burhan and toppled Bashir. Only when Burhan wanted to integrate Hemedti’s RSF into the Sudanese army and Hemedti feared for his power, did civil war break out. Israel’s mediation efforts are seen as a Zionist plot to cover up its real inetntions, even though both Burhan and Hemedti actually had very positive relations with Israel and didn’t appear Islamist at all. Apparently, however, Iran is still hoping for real Islamist forces as a new force that could be the game changer between the two. Another article in the Tehran Times hopes for a still inactive „Islamic Movement“ that should now take action as a game changer. It is unclear who is meant: Islamists in the ranks of the RSF and the Sudanese army, Muslim Brotherhood, Turabi’s Islamist movement or other Islamists?
“Israel Between Two Generals
By Ali Karbalaei
April 26, 2023 – 20:31
In the RSF-Army war Tel Aviv prefers Hamidti, but it does not want to abandon General al-Burhan
TEHRAN- While some regional actors are playing a role, the Zionist regime stands to be the winner of an all-out war in the northeastern African country of Sudan.
In less than two weeks of intense clashes, residential areas of the capital Khartoum have turned into warzones.
Despite failed truce attempts, the violence is going on. So far hundreds have been killed and tens of thousands of residents are trying to flee the capital as the main focus of the war at the moment.
Heavily armed forces loyal to the highest ranking general and his now former deputy have put the resource-rich African nation at risk of collapse and a military dictatorship, something Israel and the U.S. strongly desire.
After a popular and largely peaceful uprising that saw months of street protests in 2019 against President Omar al-Bashir, the military stepped in and jailed the long-time ruler. But, the path to a civilian transition was halted by the October 2021 military coup.
The two generals who formed a „transitional military council“ controlled Sudan to the despair of the civilians who held regular protests and were met with open fire. More than 100 protesters had been killed since the coup.
They are now rivals. They are fighting each other for power.
After the ouster of Bashir, army chief Abdul Fatah al-Burhan took the helm and swiftly appointed a deputy, Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo. Better known as Hemedti, Dagalo is the head of the powerful Rapid Support Forces (RSF).
These are the same forces, which stemmed from militias that crushed the Darfur rebellion and other restive areas, where severe atrocities were committed.
In recent months, negotiations had been under way for democratic transition, but Hemedti wanted more integration of his forces into the army as well as the extension of the military rule for ten more years.
The proposal to extend the military rule by ten years goes against the pledges made in 2021 by the „transitional military council“.
Unlike the army, which has ties to the political Islamic Movement, Hemedti is known to be at odds with the Islamic Movement in Sudan.
Hemedti also has tens of thousands of soldiers under his command, which he dispatched to war zones such as Yemen to fight on behalf of the Saudi-U.S. coalition against the popular revolution in Sana’a or the civil war in Libya. That gave the Sundanese military powerful friends in Saudi Arabia and the UAE as well as funds to the tune of $3 billion.
Once a close ally of al-Bashir, Hemedti also enjoys powers enshrined to him by the former president. These include control of the gold mines, a main source of revenue for the country. In 2022, Sudan produced more than 18 tons of gold.
He displays little tolerance for dissent. Eyewitnesses say his forces shot and killed pro-democracy protesters and waging a bloody crackdown on a protest camp in 2019 outside the Ministry of Defense, where more than 100 people were killed. Hemedti denies it.
What Hemedti doesn’t deny is that Sudan needs to establish closer ties with Israel. The victor of this bloody violence will likely emerge as the country’s next dictator.
Before the military took over Sudan, the country supported the Palestinian cause. Over the years, Sudan’s shift away from the anti-Israel axis was widely welcomed by the Zionist regime.
“We need Israel,” Hemedti claimed in October 2020. “Whether we like it or not, relations with Israel are tied to removing Sudan from the U.S. list of states sponsoring terrorism,” he added.
Apparently, if you normalize ties with Israel, Washington will remove you from its „list of states sponsoring terrorism“.
Wherever there is an authoritarian regime on the planet with vast economic resources, the U.S.’s top proxy in West Asia, Israel can also be found lurking.
In essence, Hemedti ticks all the boxes for Israel, not only because the regime’s normalization process with the Arab and Muslim world isn’t going as planned but more importantly, like the U.S., it views Sudan for its geopolitical assets.
U.S. and Israeli dominance over Sudan will give them a foothold over the lucrative military holdings in gold, agriculture, trade, and other industries.
In addition to control over the Sahel region, the Red Sea, and the Suez Canal, it gives them a significant route for energy, commodities, consumer goods from West Asia to Europe and essentially the Horn of Africa, a geopolitically important region.
Both Hemedti and al-Burhan have been open to business with Israel. It appears the Zionist regime prefers Hemedti, considering the RSF’s decades-old combat experience in warfare. That would be an extra bonus for Israel to stir up regional trouble.
But Israel needs to brush up Hemedti’s track record of human rights abuses and vice-versa. The regime helped him by dispatching former Israeli spy Ari Ben-Menashe, who runs the Canadian based PR firm Dickens and Madson to „polish the image of Sudan’s military council“ as stated on one of the company’s social media pages.
Since the military took power, the Zionist regime has been playing a major role in Sudan through its foreign ministry and its Mossad spy agency. These activities have been under radar for years.
With Sudan, the U.S. and Israel have a lot to gain from preserving Hemedti’s rule in the large African country in view of its gold mines oil and other natural recourses coupled with its strategic location on the Red Sea and Nile River.
On the other hand, Israel is also playing a balancing act by maintaining ties with al-Burhan as it remains to be seen who will emerge victorious from this conflict.
The regime can’t afford to lose its grip on the African country if Hemedti is defeated.
This would explain why Israel proposed hosting the rival Sudanese military leaders for ceasefire talks after „very promising“ progress in mediation efforts led by an anonymous senior Israeli official over the past few days.
„Since fighting erupted in the country, Israel has been operating in various channels to reach a ceasefire, and the progress over the past few days in discussions with the sides is very promising,“ Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen said in a statement.
The statement gave no further details other than saying the official had been holding discussions with the warring generals. Cohen has also expressed hope that working to achieve calm „would allow for the signing of a historic peace agreement“ between Sudan and the child-killing regime.
That would mean a Sudan no longer sovereign, with Israel and the U.S. violating the country’s territorial integrity and plundering its gold and other natural resources.
For the Sudanese people, democratic elections scheduled for this month may appear like a pipedream now.
But all is not lost yet. The Islamic Movement has not been involved until now and there is a huge risk of a refugee exodus should the violence escalate further. Europe, in particular, knows this very well.
With the Ukraine war damaging the continent, the last thing Europe can cope with at the moment is another round of a refugee crisis with hundreds of thousands of Sudanese arriving at its shores.
International calls for a permanent truce and return to normal transition could grow much louder.
Now an ominous hacker group called Anonymous Sudan has also emerged, claiming to be sabotaging Israel’s missile defenses so Hamas and Islamic Jihad’s missiles could hit Israel, especially since Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas have been following the death of an Islamic Jihad leader on hunger strike in an Israeli prison now speak of murder, martyrs and revenge, as well as seeing the „Zionist entity“ on the verge of collapse because of the mass protests in Israel. Perhaps Iran is behind the hacker group Anonymous Sudan or the Islamic Movement in Sudan, which Iran has conjured up and which has now been heralded as a game changer in the civil war. In any case, the name Anonymous Sudan was probably chosen programmatically for the rejection of the Abraham Records and return to the 3 No policy, especially since the civil war in Sudan was declared by the Islamists and Iran to be an Israeli conspiracy and one now has the OIC, the Arab League and all of them inciting Islamists and Muslims against Israel and reviving the Palestinian question, including Al Quds and Jerusalem.
“Anonymous Sudan says it hacked Israeli rocket alerts, Iron Dome warning
The Anonymous Sudan hacker group did issue an „apology“ for this most recent cyberattack against Israel, saying it should have been faster.
Published: MAY 2, 2023 17:14
Updated: MAY 2, 2023 22:33
Illustrative image of a computer hacker
(photo credit: INGIMAGE)
The hacker group Anonymous Sudan claimed to have hacked Israeli rocket warning systems, including for the Iron Dome, on Tuesday amid a barrage of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip, and warned it would do so again should more rockets be launched.
The hacker group said on its Telegram channel that it had succeeded in taking down the websites of the rocket warning services Cumta, Red Alert, Halamish and Evigilo, as well as targeting some of their smartphone apps.
All four sites are still down at the time of writing, though smartphone apps seem to be functional.
It further said that it had taken down so many alert systems that the Iron Dome, Israel’s primary air defense system, wasn’t getting its full alerts, thus preventing it from intercepting everything.
A total of 22 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel in the largest. Of these, only four were intercepted, with 16 landing in open fields and two hitting an urban area. According to Army Radio, this as well as the other rockets fired throughout the day gave the Iron Dome a success rate of between 71%, compared to its usual 90-95%. The IDF is currently investigating the reasons for this.
Anonymous Sudan credits this to their success, writing that „This is one of the reasons for the poor performance of Iron Dome today.“
Explaining further, they said that the reason four rockets were intercepted at all „is that we were a little late in the attack.“
Still, the group described this as unprecedented.
„Never in the history of [the] Iron Dome has such a large proportion of missiles been allowed to enter,“ Anonymous Sudan wrote.
„Never in the history of [the] Iron Dome has such a large proportion of missiles been allowed to enter.“
In 2021, during the clashes between Israel and Hamas known as Operation Guardian of the Walls, a number of rockets did manage to make it through the Iron Dome security web, though experts have credited this to the sheer number of rockets fired overwhelming the Iron Dome rather than cyberwarfare.
While the exact success rate of the Iron Dome in this recent rocket barrage is unclear, at least two rockets did strike the urban area of Sderot.
Anonymous Sudan further vowed to attack Israel’s warning systems again should more rockets be fired.
Another rocket was fired into Israel from Gaza during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security meeting, landing in an open field, Army Radio reported. Apart from a notification in the Home Front Command app, none of the other warning systems gave any rocket alerts.
However, the hacker group did issue what it described as an apology for this most recent cyberattack, saying it should have been faster.
„We sincerely apologize that we are a bit late in bringing down the alarm system, due to the current weakness of the Internet in Sudan, and unfortunately there is a great deal of outage.“
Anonymous Sudan, apologizing for being late to hack Israeli warning systems
„We sincerely apologize that we are a bit late in bringing down the alarm system, due to the current weakness of the Internet in Sudan, and unfortunately there is a great deal of outage,“ the group wrote over Telegram.
They further said they are working on more attacks on Israel’s Internet, noting that they have achieved success thus far.
„We are 100% sure that there have been disturbances in the Internet,“ Anonymous Sudan wrote. „Expect an Internet outage at any moment.“
Who are Anonymous Sudan?
Anonymous Sudan is a hacker group that has taken credit for several notable cyberattacks against Israel in recent months.
On April 27, the group claimed it was responsible for wide-ranging power outages throughout Israel, writing „Is darkness good? Why don’t you have electricity?“
On April 14, the group claimed responsibility for a cyberattack that struck the Israel Post as well as Bank Leumi, Discount Bank, Mizrahi-Tefahot, Bank Mercantile, Bank Benleumi (First International Bank of Israel) and its subsidiaries Bank Otzar Ha-hayal and Bank Massad.
The group has also launched cyberattacks taking down other Israeli news sites n the past, such as The Jerusalem Post, KAN and i24.