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The defense of Sudan, which is based on selective military duty with an initial service of 18-30 months, comprises (2006) approximately 105,000 men and is organized into eight divisions, eight stand-alone brigades, one air-landing division, 20 patrol boats, 35 older fighter aircraft and ten armed helicopters. Semi-military security forces amount to 17,500 men. The material is semi-modern and of mixed Soviet and Western origin. As a result of the civil war, defense costs rose from 3.2% of GDP in 1985 to more than 15% in 1994 to decrease until the 2005 peace agreement. They amount to 1.7% of GDP in 2006. The armed opposition SPLA was transformed into a police force following a ceasefire agreement with the government in 2002. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that SD stands for Sudan.

Military of Sudan

The conflict in the Darfur province erupted in 2003. Since 2004, the United Nations has made extensive efforts in Sudan with observers from 74 states. In August 2007, the UN Security Council made a decision to deploy a unified UN force, a so-called hybrid force, with soldiers from the UN and the African Union. The maximum number is 19,555 military personnel and 6,432 police. This is the largest effort to date in UN history.

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