Role of Sudan in bombings of Israel
Is nation helping Iran ship weapons to Hamas?
- Duration 4:55
- Date Nov 20, 2012
Is nation helping Iran ship weapons to Hamas?
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Funny signs the rockets raining down on Israel only highlight a broader strategy Iran is using to -- terror and crucial to this strategy.
Is the African nation of -- and in fact only a few days before the latest Israel Hamas conflict started.
Our rain hit a state owned weapons factory near the capital of Sudan where allegedly.
A -- and weapons were being story.
Police -- some satellite images.
Of that here on the screen before and after images.
Israel is refusing to comment on whether it's responsible for the strike security analysts say the supply chain goes as follows our -- shipping weapons to -- Sudan.
I Sudan is smuggling those weapons to Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza and those groups fired those weapons on Israel but there's more ahead.
Our next guest says he Dan is the -- -- -- Iran's new global strategy -- Well Sudan is strategically located geographically.
It's all on the Red Sea.
It provides easy access -- to the Middle East and Africa.
And it's also a state that has over the years a reputation.
Well earned for supporting terrorist group saw -- on the state sponsored.
A terror list for the US -- they gave shelter to Osama bin Laden in the late.
1980s early 1990s.
And it's a a state that's been willing in the past the host Iranian.
Weapons smugglers and manufacturers.
According to your racers so what Iran is doing is creating a -- If you will a different networks in Africa and using to again really as a as a launch pad he -- the central area.
Why are they doing this why are they turning towards Africa.
Well several reasons Africa with -- 54 independent countries is the largest single -- at the United Nations.
And other international bodies which Iran needs for political cover for its human rights abuses as well as its nuclear proliferation.
Secondly it strategically located.
Iran has threatened to close off oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz in the case that it's attack.
Well one way to get around that is the ship oil through Saudi ports in the Red Sea.
Reaching out to Sudan as well as to your -- another country which has given our access to Iran Iran can now.
Operate in those areas and blocked shipments of oil in the Red -- if it chooses to do so.
And then finally of course -- earlier Jenna it's -- easy access to getting weapons including the larger rockets up to Hamas.
Let's take a look at that map again if we can't Peter we're gonna show our viewers the map where Sudan is -- is -- -- -- an idea kind of where we're talking in the region you see that Egypt is a major block that separates.
-- Dan from Gaza how.
Much of an impact is ejected how much of it impact isn't Libya right now in some of those -- routes to Gaza.
Well what we're seeing is that.
Over the last few years and more recently Egypt has either -- chosen to turn.
All of the other way of course is actually can -- The -- -- by smugglers of weapons that come either are manufactured in Sudan.
Or come through Port Sudan the main port on the Red -- they move up through Egypt then move over to Sinai which is very poorly police.
Handed over to smugglers there who bring it in tunnels.
All in to Gaza and from there -- four we see it rained down on Israeli civilian population.
Hundreds at a smuggling tunnels what are we doing what is the United States doing what kinds of Sudan and and -- this strategy that we see Iran putting into a fact.
Well we're we're in a difficult position.
On one hand.
Iran is -- that Sudan is on the US state sponsor of terror list.
On the other hand we needed as or been trying to use it as a negotiating partner.
To try to relieve some of the tensions with south Sudan a state whose independence we supported.
So it as a result our policies a little mixed.
And as a result of that Sudan tends to get a free pass in -- we've not really commented on the bombing of the arms factory which was clearly manufacturing far more weapons and Sudan a legitimate need for.
Do you think we need to be stronger.
I think we need to do to be aware that our silence is taken often as tacit approval and these countries are part.
Gathering these weapons and the destruction and the conflict that.
Causes further complications the -- -- Have their origins in places that we don't necessarily always link at first sight to the Middle East places like Sudan and so if you will those peripheral.
Actions need to.
Be placed in a greater contact interesting to see some ideology grow.
From silence there's another conversation Peter as always great to have you on the program look for -- you back.
Thank you Vera --