Title: UN experts warn that Sudan’s Darfur could become a breeding ground for radical Islamists
Author: SudaneseOnline News
Date: 01-24-2015, 06:25 PM
Jan 24, 2015-Khartoum-SudaneseOnline-UN experts have warned that Darfur could become a breeding ground for radical Islamists.
The annual report by the U.N. Panel of Experts on Sudan, distributed on Friday, said the overall number of aerial bombardments by Sudanese government forces had declined. But it described a "pattern of deliberate targeting of and/or indiscriminate attacks on civilians with actual or perceived allegiance to the armed opposition groups" - as well as sporadic attacks by rebel forces on those believed to support the government. "The effects of this have resulted in 3,324 villages being destroyed in Darfur over the five-month period surveyed by the Darfur Regional Authority, from December 2013 to April 2014," the report said
The experts said the security environment across Libya, the Sahel and the Middle East had deteriorated due to "radical Islamist agitation" and raised concerns about statements from Sudan that the government has supported Libyan rebels. "The panel finds that Darfur could be 'potentially fertile ground' for infiltration by radical Islamists, owing to its porous borders and the cross-border family solidarity between Sudanese tribes and their African 'cousins' of Arab descent in the Central African Republic, Libya, Mali and the Niger," it said, adding that it was not yet able to quantify that threat.