Monday, June 11, 2007

Report: Sudan spying on Iraq insurgent groups for CIA

The United Nations estimates that the genocide in Darfuf has left as many as 450,000 dead from violence, starvation and disease. On-scene media coverage has been suppressed by the government through force.

WASHINGTON — Sudan has secretly worked with the CIA to spy on the insurgency in Iraq, an example of how the U.S. has continued to cooperate with the Sudanese regime even while condemning its suspected role in the killing of tens of thousands of civilians in Darfur...

The relationship underscores the complex realities of the post-Sept. 11 world, in which the United States has relied heavily on intelligence and military cooperation from countries, including Sudan and Uzbekistan, that are considered pariah states for their records on human rights...

Sudan has become increasingly valuable to the United States since the Sept. 11 attacks because the Sunni Arab nation is a crossroads for Islamic militants making their way to Iraq and Pakistan...

As a result, Sudan's spies have often been in better position than the CIA to gather information on Al Qaeda's presence in Iraq, as well as the activities of other insurgent groups.

Read the rest at the LA Times

Related Link:
The Darfur Conflict at Wikipedia