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Was there a failed coup attempt in Khartoum?

President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan

The National Congress Party (NCP) regime has been ruling Sudan through deception, intimidation of its opponents and releasing false propaganda through its controlled media. Since June 16, 2017, rumors have spread that General Taha Osman al Hussein, State Minister in the Presidency and the Director General of Presidential Palace, had been arrested in an failed attempted coup to overthrow the genocidal and indicted war criminal President Bashir of Sudan. The media also said that several other senior officers were arrested.

Six of these officers are believed to be from the police corps including the Director General of Sudan’s Police force, Hazim Abdelghadir. The Director of Gulf Bank, Omer Ali, and 12 senior members of the NCP were also said to have been arrested.

Saudi Passport of General Taha Osman al Husseini

Posted and circulated in media that he was arrested in Khartoum Airport trying to travel abroad

Taha, who is believed to have dual Sudan-Saudi Arabian nationality, was allegedly planning to stage a military coup against President Bashir of Sudan.  It was widely circulated among Sudanese social media. It was stated that the coup failed after Taha was arrested at the Khartoum Airport when he was trying to travel aboard with his wife by the security forces who were secretly following his activities including phone calls. In addition to the failed coup, Taha was also accused of passing secret information about Sudan to foreign governments. The rumors also suggested that Taha had secured the support of some foreign leaders to overthrow President Bashir during the Riyadh Islamic conference where Taha was representing President Bashir, who declined to attend. Rumors also suggested that the NCP had split into two groups and President Bashir had been placed under house arrest. The rumors went on saying that the government imposed a curfew in Khartoum and ordered removal of all Rapid Support Force/Janjaweed militias from Khartoum and Kordofan sending them to Darfur.

General Hazim Abdelgadir, Director General of Sudan’s Police Force

This picture appeared in the social media that he has been arrested

According to various Sudanese and other social media, Taha was planning a coup with the support of General Mohamed Hamdan Dagolo (Hemetti) the Commander of the Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces to overthrow President Bashir. The information about Taha staging a coup in Khartoum, widely circulated in the social media, probably is not true because there is no apparent political tension creating a security situation. It is also evident that there is neither an expulsion of RSF/Janjaweed militias nor imposition of a curfew in the capital of Khartoum.

 What is true is that, General Taha was relieved from his positions. All other information said on Taha failed coup are likely scenarios developed by Bashir’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) agents to draw public attention away from the Qatar-Saudi crisis. It is well-known that President Bashir’s regime needs the support of both Qatar and Saudi Arabia governments. Bashir and his regime cannot survive without their support. Bashir also could not take a position supporting either side and leaving the other. Both Qatar and Saudi governments need Bashir’s support especially Saudi Arabia because of Bashir’s Janjaweed militias supporting Saudis in Yemen war. Qatar is also using President Bashir to train and finance global terrorists such as the groups in Libya, Mali and elsewhere.

President Bashir’s regime is trying to play the role of mediator despite the fact that Saudi Arabia requested the Sudan regime to clearly chose its position. The issue of Taha’s failed coup attempt and arrest is more likely a staged event to draw public attention away from Arab countries’ recent crisis with the State of Qatar. Qatar is a major supplier of funding support for the RSF/Janjaweed genocide campaigns in the conflict zones of Darfur, Nuba Mountains and the Blue Nile South Kordofan regions.

 However, General Taha was relieved from his positions. All failed coup scenarios were likely developed by Bashir’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) agents to draw public attention away from the Qatar-Saudi crisis. It is well-known that President Bashir’s regime needs the support of both Qatar and Saudi Arabia governments. Bashir and his regime cannot survive without their support. Bashir also could not take a position supporting either side and leaving the other. President Bashir’s regime is trying to play the role of mediator despite the fact that Saudi Arabia requested the Sudan regime to clearly chose its position. The issue of Taha’s failed coup attempt and arrest is more likely a staged event to draw public attention away from Arab countries’ recent crisis with the State of Qatar. Qatar is a major supplier of funding support for the RSF/Janjaweed genocide campaigns in the conflict zones of Darfur, Nuba Mountains and the Blue Nile South Kordofan regions .

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[1] Lt. Gen. Abdallah is Chairman of the Sudan Unity Movement (SUM). He is a native of North Darfur who joined the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in 1984 and became active in the Nuba Hills and Darfurian resistance movements. In 1989 he joined the Patriotic Salvation Movement in neighboring Chad based in Darfur. He served as an officer in the Chadian army for 23 years. He held senior intelligence and counterterrorism posts including as Coordinator of the Multi-National Joint Task Force of Nigeria, Chad and Niger. He was Coordinator of Pan-Sahel Initiative (PSI) Anti-Terrorism Unit of Chad and Commander of PSI Anti-Terrorism Battalion of Chad 2004. He is a December 2002 graduate of the Intelligence Officers’ Advanced and Combating Terrorism Courses, US Army Intelligence Center and Schools, Fort Huachuca, Arizona. He was a Counter Terrorism Fellow and a Graduate of the College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University, Washington, DC, 2005. He was an International Fellow and Graduate of the US Army War College, Class of 2008. He was Graduate of Nigeria Armed Forces Command and Staff College Course 22, of the year 2000.



 

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