(New York, N.Y.) – The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) today released updated resources on Sudan’s National Congress Party (NCP), the successor organization to the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated National Islamic Front (NIF). Recently deposed Sudanese President and NCP chairman Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir currently stands accused of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide for his violence against religious and ethnic groups throughout Sudan.
The NIF, the NCP, and its precursors have associated themselves with such notorious terrorists as Osama bin Laden and a variety of extremist groups, including al-Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah. Although formally registered as a political party, NCP precursors have at times embraced genocidal violence against the country’s non-Muslims to advance their Islamist agenda.
The Muslim Brotherhood first took root in Sudan in 1949, when a group of Sudanese students returning from Egypt decided to form a Brotherhood outpost. The Brotherhood seeks to implement sharia (Islamic law) under a global caliphate. While officially adhering to a non-jihadist, non-violent form of Salafism, the Brotherhood has nonetheless supported the violent policies of its Palestinian offshoot, Hamas, and has been linked to violence in Egypt after the fall of the Brotherhood-led government in 2013. Prior to leading ISIS and al-Qaeda, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Osama bin Laden, and Ayman al-Zawahiri belonged to the Brotherhood, which underpins the belief system of both violent terror groups.