Islamic Coup Overthrows Capital of Sudan
The Northern and Southern regions of Sudan were engaged in a civil war for over 20 years.
Then, in June of 1989, an Islamist backed coup led by General Omar Hasan al-Bashir seized control of the capital in Khartoum, which was then ruled by Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi. He later became the official ruler on Oct. 16, 1993 when he was appointed the official president of Sudan. Al-Bashir has remained the ruler of Sudan until this day. As the spiritual leader of the new Islamic based government, Hasan al-Turabi had a vision for an all Islamic community, no matter their nationalities or backgrounds. This idea was carried out by the Sudanese government attracting groups of drifters from several Arab nations. This invitation was accepted by the developing militant group al-Qaeda and its leader Osama bin Laden. Al-Qaeda was just beginning to gain strength and legitimacy among Islamic people following their assistance in what was believed to be a victory over of the Soviets. Bin laden later moved his large immediate family there in 1992.