Salah Gosh

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Major General Salah Abdallah "Gosh" is the former national security advisor of the republic of Sudan, prior to this position he was the director of Sudan's National Security and Intelligence Services, and holds the rank of army major general.[1]

Gosh has been accused of having a significant role in organizing the Khartoum government's militias in the Darfur Conflict. According to the journalist Mark Goldberg,[2] Gosh was "listed in a confidential annex to a January 30th Security Council report that identifies the 17 Sudanese individuals whom a panel of U.N. experts concluded were most responsible for war crimes and impeding the peace process."[3] The panel recommended to freeze foreign assets and ban international travel for these individuals.[4] Goldberg also described Gosh as "[the] personal government minder" for Osama bin Laden when the latter was in Sudan between 1990 and 1996.[3] According to Sudan commentator Eric Reeves, the panel also accused Gosh of having failed “to take action as Director of NSIS to identify, neutralize, and disarm non-state armed militia groups in Darfur [the Janjaweed],” as well as for “command responsibility for acts or arbitrary detention, harassment, torture, denial of right to fair trial.”[5]

Gosh has also apparently been a point of contact between the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and Sudan on counter-terrorism issues.[6] Gosh told the Al-Ahdath daily from Libya that cooperation with the U.S. “helped avert devastating measures [by the U.S. administration] against Sudan”.[7] The U.S. allegedly flew Gosh to Washington, D.C. in April 2005 to discuss capture of terror suspects.[8] He was subsequently denied re-entry to the U.S for medical treatment, but was issued a visa for travel to Britain.[9]

In 2006, N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, underwent an assault by a rebel group which sought to overthrow President Idriss Deby Itno. In April 2008, the Chad government released a telephone conversation between Gosh and Chadian rebels in which Gosh asked for the prompt overthrow of president Deby.[10]

After the ICC issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Al-Bashir, Gosh supposedly threatened with “amputation of the hands and the slitting of the throats of any person who dares bad-mouth al-Bashir or support” the ICC decision.[11]

In May 2009, Gosh was reported to have ordered the closure of the newspaper Al-Wifaq after an editorial called for the death of Yasser Arman, a leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). Some commentators, however, suggested that the death threat may have eemanated from Gosh's office in the first place.[12] In August 2009, Gosh was promoted to become the President Adviser for National Security affairs, and his deputy Gen.Mohamed Ellatta took his place to become the head of NSIS (National Security and Intelligent Service).

Also to mention that Gosh was graduated from University of Khartoum, Faculty of Engineering and some people believe that the name Gosh was given to him after an Indian scholar in mathematics due to his shrewdness.


  1. ^ [1]|SUDAN: Ruling party will keep security apparatus close, July 2006
  2. ^ Goldberg, Mark Leon (February 17, 2006). "The Test: The Prospect views the list of men the U.N. identifies as responsible for the genocide in Darfur". American Prospect. 
  3. ^ a b The American Prospect, Feb. 2006
  4. ^ Sudan Watch, March 2006
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  6. ^ McGregor, Andrew (June 17, 2005). "Terrorism and Violence in the Sudan: The Islamist Manipulation of Darfur (Part 1 of 2)". Terrorism Monitor. Jamestown Foundation. 3 (12). 
  7. ^ "Sudan says cooperation with CIA prevented US ‘destructive’ backlash". Sudan Tribune. 31 October 2007. 
  8. ^ Washington Post, May 2006
  9. ^ Sudan Tribune, November 2006
  10. ^ Sudan Tribune, April 2008
  11. ^ New York Times, March 2009
  12. ^ Sudan Tribune, May 2009