The Washington Times - March 5, 2009, 12:51PM

The Sudanese government has begun to kick aid groups out of the troubled Darfur region after the International Criminal Court on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omal al-Bashir.

The number of expelled aid groups, according to InterAction, a coalition of U.S.-based aid groups, is eight, with four of them being from the U.S. The Washington Post has the total at 10.

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Nasserie Carew, an InterAction spokeswoman, said that the three U.S. aid groups to go public with their expulsion are MercyCorps, International Rescue Committee, and CARE.

This will bear more watching. One result that many are worried about is that the arrest warrant does little more than draw a vengeful reaction from Bashir that plunges the country into total chaos, which I wrote about last month.

— Jon Ward, White House reporter, The Washington Times

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