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Sudan, USS Cole victims reach settlement paving way for removal from terror list


February 13, 2020 (KHARTOUM) - The transitional government reached an agreement with the families of U.S. sailors killed in the al Qaeda bombing of the destroyer USS Cole, within the framework of the ongoing process to remove Sudan from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism (SST)

The port side damage to the guided missile destroyer USS Cole is pictured after a bomb attack during a refueling operation in the port of Aden in this October 12, 2000 (Reuters file photo)

According to a written statement extended to Sudan Tribune by the Justice Minister Nasr al-Din Abdel Bari on Wednesday, Khartoum will pay $30 million to the families of the 17 sailors killed during the attack on 12 October 2000.

Abdel Bari said the settlement agreement which was signed on 7 February has explicitly affirmed that the Sudanese government is not responsible for this incident or other incidents or acts of terrorism.

The government has entered into this agreement out of keenness to settle "the historical allegations of terrorism created by the former regime and only for the purpose of fulfilling the conditions set by the U.S. administration to remove Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism and the normalization of relations with the United States and the rest of the world," he stressed.

In 2014, a U.S. court said that Sudan’s aid to al Qaeda "led to the murders" of the 17 Americans in the bombing of the USS Cole and awarded the families $35 million.

However, in April 2019 the Supreme Court rejected a bid by families of the 17 sailors to collect some $35 million in damages from Sudan for its alleged role in the attack.

The settlement was concluded to definitively close the case and prevent future cases before the U.S. courts.

On 6 February, Abdel Bari met with Tibor Nagy U.S. Assistant Secretary for African affairs to the Sudanese government efforts to finalize the normalization process of bilateral relations.

On 24 February the Supreme Court will hear a case by the victims of the 1998 bombing of the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The judges will consider a rule by an appeals court that overturned about $4.3 billion in punitive damages of $10.2 billion initially awarded to the families.

An agreement over this matter will pave the way for the U.S. administration to remove Sudan from the terror blacklist.

Under Secretary for Political Affairs, David Hale on 14 January urged Sudan’s Foreign Minister Asma Abdallah to pay financial compensations to family members of the victims of terrorist attacks before to remove the impoverished country from the SST list.

"The Under Secretary underscored that compensation for the victims of terrorism remains a priority for the U.S. government," said the State Department after the meeting.


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  • 13 February 08:39, by Langbaar

    Well if North Sudan is innocent, which I personally think she is, then why do you fellows acquiesced to pay for the crime you never committed? The US had terrorized almost every country on this planet either directly or indirectly, but she never pays for her crimes against other people and their countries, outrageous double standard indeed>>>>

    • 13 February 08:50, by Langbaar

      Not that I am a fan of North Sudan whatsoever, but an injustice is an injustice and should always be pointed out when it is being blatantly sold out in the open. Some out of touch with realities who run the US seem to be living on different universe than the rest of the world, but they would some be brought down to the real universe the rest of the world are living on whether the US like it or not

      • 13 February 09:00, by Langbaar

        Powerful empires once controlled this world and were expounded through terrorism and those powerful empires were in the end brought down by the same terrorism they inflicted on other people and their countries. The most glaring example was the BRITISH EMPIRE. Nothing lasts forever and some wise American people know this simple fact. From Korea war, Vietnam war, Afghan war, Iraq war one and two,>>>

        • 13 February 09:06, by Langbaar

          Libya war, current Syria and Yemeni war and other low level wars being fought through proxies and behind the scenes, the US is deep in the neck in all these wars. But the innocent civilians caught up in those wars are not paid by anyone. For those some South Sudanese in the know though. The US, the UK, their evil juus (so-called israel) attack dog are ’love our country and our people to death’>>>>

          • 13 February 09:14, by Langbaar

            they even ’swear and pray’ that there cannot be there cloned so-called arab North Sudan and their lifestyles without South Sudan and the South Sudanese people. They have found out that their ’regime change’ of the current government and be replaced with their puppets/stooges of Mr. Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Pagan Amuom, Thomas Cirillo, Majak Agoot and some of their creeps who have sold themselves>>>

            • 13 February 09:19, by Langbaar

              and their souls to these vermin. And the vermin hoped they would go and micro-manage them in *Washington, Wall Street, London, Dubai, Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, Cayman Islands, Panama and other shady countries these vermin go and hide their plunders in. And this is why they have taken South Sudan and the South Sudanese people hostage all along>>>>

              • 13 February 09:26, by Langbaar

                Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Pagan Amuom, Thomas Cirillo, Majak Agoot and some of their low level puppets/stooges, traitors, thieves in foreign hotels, bars and brothels as their ’blackmails and leverage’ over South Sudan and South Sudanese people for the vermin to crawl their evil selves into our country and over our country and over our people again.>>>>

                • 13 February 09:32, by Langbaar

                  to come and restart their dirty project where they left it on the 15/12/2013. But the vermin are wasting their damn times and our times. Reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM. The vermin love affair with our country and our people has gone too far and the vermin are going to be bombed pretty badly out of our country and over our country once and for all>>>>

                  • 13 February 09:39, by Langbaar

                    Mr. Riek Machar and Lam Akol are being deliberately kept in North Sudan as blackmails, leverage and blackmail over South Sudan. A clown Mr. Abiye Ahmed was tapped on the *shoulder by his handlers from the US, the UK, the UN, their sleazy NGOs, their evil juus (so-called israel) attack dogs and their lackeys here in the IGAD and the AU’ to bring Mr. Riek Machar from South Africa>>>>

                    • 13 February 09:43, by Fathi

                      "Not that I am a fan of North Sudan whatsoever" LOOOL

                      Wow, I’m surprised you’ve taken this stance, even though it supports us in the north. We paid because we risk economic collapse if we don’t pay. The US is weaponizing the dollar.
                      This is why we will join Putin and his buddies in BRICS (Brazil Russia India China South Africa) when they get their monetary system running. Then the dollar falls

                      • 13 February 09:55, by Langbaar

                        That is precisely true, but only a few countries countries would be using the US dollars chap. The US is going to be ’a third world country’ if it survives the real bombing from other countries chap. Three fronts chap: Military, financially and racism chap. The vermin have been living over the back of other countries and their people by a way of intrigues, blackmails and all.>>>

                        • 13 February 10:02, by Langbaar

                          Mr. Fathi,
                          Remember, I am always called ’a madman’ by some low lives and sewers here on SUDAN TRIBUNE’ who don’t know these cheap and dirty intrigues? The so-culled UN NEW WORLD ORDER, GOVERNMENT WITHOUT BORDERS OR THE SO-CALLED REGIONAL INTEGRATION WAS TO BE STARTED HERE in South Sudan and your cloned so-called arab North Sudan.>>>>

                          • 13 February 10:12, by Langbaar

                            The evil juus (so-called israel) attack dog, went and sent their *rocket (Satellite) allegedly going to the moon* in ’Florida, US’ on our South Sudan’s 16/5/2019, our mighty SPLM/A day. And named it "BERESHIT", their bullshit from the beginning in Hebrew*. The damn satellite went and failed spectacularly Fathi chap.>>>>

                            • 13 February 10:22, by Langbaar

                              Mr. Fathi. The evil juus (so-called israelis) attack dogs were playing ’a European song contest-----EURO VISION’ in Tel Aviv on the 16/05/2019. This European song contest, has *a dirty intrigue to it or geopolitical intrigue to it Mr. Fathi chap*----a cold-war-like-dirty game and intrigue chap.>>>>

                              • 13 February 10:31, by Langbaar

                                The evil juus (so-called israelis) attack dogs consider themselves our masters who own Africa, our Nile valley and plains. Amost all of the of the oil dispensaries (petrol stations) in Kenya like *Kobils and Kenols* are owned by the evil juus (so-called israelis) Mr. Fathi chap. Almost the ’hospitality projects in Kenya are owned by these vermin chap’>>>

                                • 13 February 10:49, by Langbaar

                                  Mr. Fathi chap, I studied at Nakuru high school, rift valley Kenya, after I was injured very badly at the battle of Kapoeta, today, Namurnyang state, in 2002. Not a single cloned so-called arab of your North Sudan reached ’Torit’ chap. We killed all of them. We want a war Mr. Fathi chap. South Sudan is a Dibnkas/Muounyjiengs of the Sudan chap.>>>>

                                  • 13 February 10:57, by Langbaar

                                    South Sudan was projected to be fought over every ten (10) years by our enemies whom our low lives always called their allies and uncles. There are no resources in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Abesh (so-called ethiopia)) Abesh (so-called ethiopian prostitute, your cloned so-called Arab North Sudan. In fact, these vermin and their creeps thought that South Sudan would be *made a big farm*>>>

                                    • 13 February 11:04, by Langbaar

                                      Their big population in *Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Abesh (so-called ethiopia), North Sudan and other countries* and that South Sudanese fools would be always *fed genetically modified food , maize/sorghum, lentils or beans (GMFs)* from the US and her allies. But the vermin are playing with fire Mr. Fathi chap. The vermin have *attached their evil selves to our country and over our people*>>>>

                                      • 13 February 11:12, by Langbaar

                                        like *leeches or ticks* chap. There will be a second’. There are some limits to these vermin chap. Your low lowly informed ’Mr. Abdela Hamdock’ is not an economist chap. But he was considered *a benign devil by these vermin* chap. There was no coup of removing Mr. Omar Hassan El Bashir in the first place miseter----the whole game is a show. And we are going to crush you fellows and the evil juus>>

                                        • 13 February 11:21, by Langbaar

                                          their Abeshas (so-called ethiopian) prostitutes, take back our Gambella region; bomb back the low lives back to Yemen, Djiboutians, French Legions and the US army bases in Djibouti into *Red sea, Yemen and Saudi Arabia* and be one with you fellows. Reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM. All the French *legions in Central Africa Republic (C.A.R) and Chad Mr. Fathi chap, reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM*>>

                                    • 13 February 12:04, by Fathi

                                      We have plenty of resources actually. We have a lot of gold, good amount of oil, uranium, and a lot of other stuff, not to mention a lot of fertile land. Most importantly we are not landlocked and have access to the sea.

                                  • 13 February 12:01, by Fathi

                                    "Mr. Fathi chap, I studied at Nakuru high school, rift valley Kenya, after I was injured very badly at the battle of Kapoeta, today, Namurnyang state, in 2002. Not a single cloned so-called arab of your North Sudan reached ’Torit’ chap. We killed all of them. We want a war Mr. Fathi chap" LMAOO not going to lie this one made me laugh

                    • 13 February 09:48, by Langbaar

                      and to go and use him as his ’leverage, blackmail and bargaining chip’ over South Sudan and the South Sudanese people. Mr. Abiye Ahmed just did that, took Mr. Riek Machar to Adis Ababa and asked the empty headed Salva Kiir to go and knelt down on him and tossed his Riek Machar to Mr. Omar Hassan El Bashir to go and do and anything with the foolish so-called PhD doctor>>>

                      • 13 February 10:01, by Fathi


                        Be honest. We have no need for Machar, especially now that we are about to establish peace with the SRF, who had received weapons and cars from Kiir & Uganda (According to Norway). If Machar was used by ousted dictator, it was in retaliation for Kiir’s support for the SRF.

                        • 13 February 10:03, by Fathi


                          This is an interesting pdf written by the pigment-poor people of Norway. It gives insight into the SRF and the different perspectives and discusses SRF, SSDN, Machar, Uganda, etc.. http://www.smallarmssurveysudan.org/fileadmin/docs/working-papers/HSBA-WP33-SRF.pdf

                        • 13 February 22:59, by Khent


                          Khartoum supported various rebel groups in South Sudan in 2010 — at least a full year before the break out of war in Kordofan and Blue Nile. Juba returned the favour in 2011. Former rebels like the now defunct South Sudan Democratic Movement/Army (SSDM/A), the SSDM/A-Cobra faction and the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA) admitted that they received military assistance from Khartoum...

                          • 16 February 06:54, by Fathi


                            Thank you for informing me. I would like to have your sources, where you base your claims from.

                          • 16 February 06:57, by Fathi

                            I would like to say I’m against the former regime and I’m not an apologist, but Khartoum has been trying to turn the SPLM/A against each other since way before 2010. Also, supporting a rebel faction group before South Sudan’s independence is slightly different than supporting rebels after independence.

                          • 16 February 07:00, by Fathi

                            I’m assuming that they created those factions just incase the newly independent country of South Sudan continued to support Blue Nile, South Kordofan, and Darfur rebels. That statement is completely an assumption.

                          • 16 February 07:29, by Fathi


                            My whole point in my remarks toward Langbaar was to tell him that I don’t see a plausible reason why we would support or continue to support Machar, since we are seeking to establish a nation that values justice and peace, especially while we have our brothers in SSDN generously mediating our peace agreement.

                          • 16 February 07:31, by Fathi

                            Apologies for the late response. I didn’t notice your message until now.

  • 13 February 09:19, by Fathi

    Good job being on top of things while clearly stating that we are not responsible because the charges are bogus and that we are only doing this because the US is holding our economy and our democratic transition for ransome $

    • 13 February 09:24, by Fathi

      "The Under Secretary underscored that compensation for the victims of terrorism remains a priority for the U.S. government"

      Notice how this statement alone undermines any negotiations that could’ve been taking place to settle the charges. Given the urgency and need for debt relief, the families suing have no reason to negotiate now.

      • 13 February 09:35, by Fathi

        Now, that we have settled this case, almost finalized the peace process, and are working on settling the bogus charges for the Tanzania & Nairobi attacks, in addition to helping the US legitimize their unjust African Criminal Court aka International Criminal Court, the US should begin delisting Sudan from the bullshit SST list.

        • 13 February 10:16, by Fathi

          Look at this loser Hale asking for Sudan’s help to end Libya’s civil war & stop terrorists, yet he goes on to list demands by the US to remove Sudan from the SST ...lol

          • 13 February 10:18, by Fathi

            Then the UN goes on to complain about Sudan having mercenaries in Libya. These people are playing games.

            • 13 February 11:54, by Fathi

              According to the US Institute of Peace, "The linkage of the settlement to the SST delisting is a policy decision, not a statutory provision of the SST designation." Basically, it’s US/Trump’s policy to screw Sudan, not a requirement.

  • 13 February 17:48, by Not your taste

    Well, all can say what ever about the new government of Sudan but the truth is, to survive in the world of today, leaders have to be visionaries and look to the interest of the people not their own. Long term plans for future generations. Good job Sudan. Who will imagine this day will come when all Sudanese will move at least freely and do business like THE rest of the Arab countries who cry all d

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