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Sudan upgrading airbase in North Kordofan


January 2, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese defense minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein inspected an airbase in North Kordofan and pledged to upgrade its capabilities and prepare it for a more advanced role.

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Hussein toured the Sheikan airbase and queried officials there on what is missing that prevents it from carrying out its functions more effectively.

The top military official said the airbase represents a “strategic depth” and that it will become the permanent headquarters of fighter jets, transport aircrafts and maintenance centers.

He also got acquainted with the security situation in the state and expressed satisfaction with the procedures undertaken by the various agencies there to enhance security.

This week a military helicopter crashed in the capital of the state killing all those on board which included six crewmen carrying ammunition supplies.

The chopper encountered a technical failure three minutes after takeoff causing a fire on board which forced the pilot to seek an emergency landing in a square near the airport. The Sudanese army denied any foul play was involved.

Since June 2010 Sudanese army has been fighting the Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) in South Kordofan. Sudan accused its neighbour South Sudan of supporting the rebels but Juba has denied the charge.


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  • 3 January 2012 10:44, by wad balad

    This is an import airbase for the SAF and thier war on terror. An advanced airbase should also be established in the blue nile state. I applaude the SAF for their achievements. Keep up the good work !!

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  • 3 January 2012 17:27, by simon sebit

    As much as I agree with new developments in Sudan, I still think the government is investing far too much money in military developments which doen’t directly benfit the general population. I’m from South Sudan but I still have deep roots and concerns in my old country and would like to see the government do the right thing by them.

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  • 3 January 2012 19:52, by Equatoria dominated SPLM

    Sudan want to upgrade airbase in North Kordofan so that they can kills all rebels leader like Malik Agar, Yassir and Adam. they believe that airforce is the simplest way for killing rebel leaders like JEM Leader Khalid in Darfur

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  • 4 January 2012 14:34, by raj jain

    well what is wrong in this any country will always make their army strong

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