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The Importance of Sudan's Shift in Regional Allies

People are sometimes unaware that Sudan is an Arab state and a member of the Arab League. While the Palestinian Authority has been trying to incite Arab states against the USA peace plan, one of the largest Arab countries has been thawing its relationship with Israel. In the past, the Sudanese had brought together many of the main Islamist terror organizations and supplied them with training camps, including the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, and the PLO. It was one of the earliest locations that hosted the Saudi jihadist, Osama bin Laden. Tehran gained access to Port Sudan on the Red Sea for its naval forces. Frequently they carried shipments of Iranian weapons that were transported northward into Egypt, destined for Sinai and Gaza. This was one of the key supply routes for Hamas as it built up its capacity to wage war against Israel. Then Sudan changed its pro-Iranian orientation and aligned its foreign policy with Saudi Arabia, severing Hamas' Sudanese supply line. Sudan was part of the joint front against Israel in many significant ways. With Sudan exploring new ties with the Jewish state, that front has been split. And the forces that waged war against the West over the last two decades have lost one of their most important bases of operations. (J. Post/VFI News)