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Omar Al-Bashir and Africa’s Longest War (Paperback)

Military Biography Combat in Africa

By Paul Moorcraft
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9781473842526
Published: 5th April 2016

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President Omar al-Bashir is Africa’s and arguably Arabia’s most controversial leader. In power since 1989, he is the first sitting head of state to be issued with an arrest warrant, for war crimes, by International Criminal Court.

He has been a central personality in Islamic and African politics, as well as a love-to-hate figure for the US in the ‘war on terror’.

For military history readers, Al-Bashir is a field marshal who has fought possibly the world’s longest conflict. Modern Sudan has been embroiled in war since 1955.

No proper biography has been written on him before. Nor has there been a comprehensive military history of Sudan. The book briefly covers the military background until independence. Then it dissects the long north-south civil war until Bashir’s Islamist military coup in 1989. Thereafter it narrates the wars in the east, south, west (in Darfur), International political and military intervention is also factored in.

The author draws on in-depth one-on-one interviews with Bashir himself and his family and close political, military and intelligence colleagues.

The author has provided a comprehensive view of the war in the Sudan and of President Al-Bashir. An important addition to the published knowledge of a seriously troubled region and a very readable account.

Firetrench

President Omar al-Bashir is Africa’s and arguably Arabia’s most controversial leader. In power since 1989, he is the first sitting head of state to be issued with an arrest warrant, for war crimes, by International Criminal Court. The author draws on in-depth one-on-one interviews with Bashir himself and his family and close political, military and intelligence colleagues.

Pennant, Journal of the Forces Pension Society

'As of yet no other biography has been written about the African dictator so this provides a fresh light on the previously mysterious President of Sudan.'

Cardiff Times

 Paul Moorcraft

About Paul Moorcraft

Professor Paul Moorcraft is a prolific author and war correspondent who served in the Rhodesian/Zimbabwean Police and worked closely with the British armed forces for many years. His book The Rhodesian War (Pen and Sword 2008) has been a huge success. He lives in the Surrey Hills, near Guildford.

Paul Moorcraft's book 'The Jihadist Threat' was one of six military titles shortlisted for the British Army Military Book of the Year 2016.

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