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Sadat claims Libya plans to stage Sudan invasion

By With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited By Clara Germani / October 6, 1981


Egyptian President Sadat accused Col. Muammar Qaddafi, the Libyan leader, of planning to invade the Sudan as part of a Soviet scheme to control the oil-rich Middle East. Libya's Soviet ties are a "danger that should not be minimized," Mr. Sadat told Mayo, the weekly official publication of his National Democratic Party.

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Sadat's defense minister, Gen. Halim Abu Ghazala, warned in an interview with the magazine Rose el-Y oussef that 36,500 communist troops in Libya and Ethiopia could be used as a Soviet rapid-deployment force in the Persian Gulf, the horn of Africa, or North Africa.

"All indications point to a Soviet plan that aims at destroying the forces that oppose Soviet control of the region," he said.