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For Sudan, A Looming Deadline On Possible Lifting Of U.S. Sanctions

Before leaving office, President Obama suspended some sanctions on Sudan. By July 12, the Trump administration has to decide whether or not to stick with this approach.
A U.N. peacekeeper stands guard in central Darfur on June 19. The town, a former rebel bastion, was recently captured by Sudanese government forces. The top U.S. diplomat in Sudan, Steven Koutsis, visited Darfur last month to assess security before the Trump administration decides whether to lift sanctions. / ASHRAF SHAZLY / Getty Images

Shortly before he left office in January, President Obama did something that surprised many human rights activists. He suspended some trade sanctions on Sudan, a government notorious for human rights abuses and which the U.S. once accused of carrying out a genocide. The Trump administration has to decide by July 12 whether to stick with this approach.

The first U.S. sanctions were imposed some 20 years ago, during the Clinton administration, to punish Sudan for its role in international terrorism. Osama bin Laden lived in Sudan before he settled in Afghanistan

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