Who is behind the coup in Sudan? What’s in common between Bashir, Gaddafi and Saleh?

President Omar al-Bashir, who ruled Sudan for over 30 consecutive years, has been ousted from power after deadly clashes between protesters and security forces reached a climax this week.

Al-Bashir was on Thursday overthrown in a coup by the armed forces, which say a two-year period of military rule will be followed by elections.

Defense Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf said in a televised address that Bashir, 75, was under arrest in a ‘safe place’ and a military council was now running the country.

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Did Marco Rubio just threaten Maduro with picture of Gaddafi’s murder?

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US Senator Marco Rubio has posted a picture of the brutal murder of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in a less-than-subtle threat to Venezuela’s Maduro. Twitter blasted Rubio as a manic warmonger… who has extremely poor taste

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‘Gaddafi told me he donated €20mn to Sarkozy campaign’ – top aide

Speaking to RT, a trusted adviser to Muammar Gaddafi shed light on how the late Libyan leader allegedly funneled €20 million to support the election campaign of his “friend” Nicolas Sarkozy, who became French president in 2007.

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Why Russia Is So Involved With The Syrian Civil War

Russia has played a major role in the Syrian Civil War and has garnered controversy over its airstrikes along with Syrian government forces against terrorist organizations and other rebel groups. Andrew Parailiti, RAND director of the Center for Global Risk and Security, explains why Russia decided to intervene in the war, which includes its willingness to aid an ally, and challenge the US’ role in the world. Following is a transcript of the video.  

Andrew Parasiliti: Russia takes a broader view of what it considers to be terrorist groups than the United States does.

Why Russia is so involved with the Syrian Civil War.

Parasiliti: I tend to find that Russia’s interests in Syria are pretty clear and they are as follows: One, they’re supporting an ally. Bashar al-Assad’s government is under attack. First by popular uprisings, and then by terrorist groups, and other armed groups backed by countries in the region. And they’re not gonna let him fall. The Russians are concerned that if Assad fell, that you would either have a group in power that included jihadists who would be inimical to US and Russian, and other interests, actually. Or you would have a continually destabilized state that allowed these terrorist groups to continue.

Two, there’s a counter-terrorism piece. This is what the Russians tell the Americans when we talk about Syria with them. They say Moscow shares Washington’s interests in combating terrorist groups like ISIS and Al-Qaeda. That’s true to a certain extent. Although, Russia takes a broader view of what it considers to be terrorist groups than the United States does. It is more inclined towards Assad’s definition, which is any armed group which opposes him, rather than the strict UN definition which would be Islamic State, Al-Qaeda. But it is correct to say that Russia also supports counter-terrorism activity.

Third, is challenging the US role. In a kind of lesson learned from the previous era, Russia went along with the UN resolution which allowed what was then called the Right to Protect Use of Force in Libya during the Obama administration. And that ended up leading to the downfall of Gaddafi, and we saw what happened there. Russia is not ever going to let that happen again. They’re going to try to prevent, actually, any US or other military intervention that could destabilize a friendly state.

It’s kind of a demonstration effect to the rest of the Middle East. Russia stands by its allies in the region. People take note of that. When Assad was on the ropes, Russia stepped up with a substantial military power to keep him in power. The Iranians too, but it was the Russian initiative and Russian airpower which has been instrumental in Assad’s ability to hang on.

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Gaddafi’s son Saif seeks power in divided Libya despite no apparent power base

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, is seeking to become head of state. A family spokesman said he will run in the 2018 presidential election – a ballot that is far from certain to take place.

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‘Russia never refused to help us’ – Libya National Army Chief Haftar to RT

The commander of the Libyan national army has been explaining the help and hindrance of foreign states, in the conflict that’s plaguing the country. General Khalifa Haftar’s been visiting Moscow, and has been speaking exclusively to RT.
He took part in the coup that brought Gaddafi to power, but also played a crucial role in toppling him in 2011.
RT’s Sameera Khan explains how General Haftar fought his way back into Libya’s political arena after decades abroad.

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Libyans celebrate Gaddafi’s son’s release from prison on Ghat’s streets

Hundreds of people flooded the streets of Ghat, on Saturday night, to celebrate the release of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, a son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, after spending five years in prison. Footage shows numerous honking cars driving through Ghat’s streets, with people hanging out of the vehicles, cheering. Other Gaddafi supporters were seen waving the green flags of the ‘Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya’, the state declared by the former Libyan leader. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/8ebz

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Terror Trace: Manchester attacker’s father allegedly fought against Gaddafi

British police are now hunting a possible terrorist network linked to the suicide bomber. Eight people have been arrested so far. Attacker Salman Abedi’s family are also being investigated.
His younger brother and father have been arrested in Libya, with his father also believed to have been a part of a terrorist group in the Libyan civil war in 2011.
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