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Gunrunning from the Sudan and Central African Republic into Nigeria to arm the jihadist group Boko Haram is destabilizing the entire region.  Cameroon has had to deploy more forces to its northeastern region to contend with the rising tide of arms traffickers passing through Cameroonian territory.  One analyst says, “After wars, firearms are sold at relatively low prices, a real business opportunity for traffickers.”  Indeed, that seemed to be the case after the Libyan uprising against Qaddafi as well:  many of the Libyan weapons have wound up arming the Al Qaeda aligned rebels fighting against Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

Perhaps it should not be a surprise that Sudan, a longtime state sponsor of terrorism and genocide, is one of the culprits behind the arming of Boko Haram.  And with players like this involved, ultimately the Gulf monarchies cannot be ruled out of pulling the strings and financing some of these…

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