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Sudanese army prepare to target rebels wherever they are - official

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June 30, 2012 (KHARTOUM) - In reaction to recent attacks by rebel groups, the Sudanese army said it will carry out new attacks on the rebel groups, saying that the rebels are seeking to disturb civilian security in the Darfur region.

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Sudanese Army spokesperson Colonel Al-Sawarmi Khalid Saad (Reuters)

Two factions of the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) said this week they attacked Sudanese military convoys moving in Nyala-El-Fasher road in South Darfur.

The rebel said they had killed an important number of soldiers and captured over sixty vehicles. The Sudanese army did not deny these statements.

The army will conduct ground and air attacks against the rebel groups wherever they are because they are targeting civilians, said Al-Sawarmi Khalid, Sudan Armed Forces spokesman, on Saturday.

The military official, who accused South Sudan of providing logistical support to the rebels recently, pointed out that the rebels avoid confronting the army, instead attacking small villages and targeting markets.

He disclosed that they had monitored the arrival of rebels belonging to the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and SLM-Minni Minnawi (SLM-MM) groups together with a company of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement - North (SPLM-N), in Koroma and Kira areas in Jebel Marra, South Darfur.

He further added that the Juba government did not take serious steps to expel Darfur rebels from its territory and continues to provide them with the necessary support.

Sudan and South Sudan continue, in Addis Ababa, to discuss the implementation of a number of security agreements they signed aiming to establish a buffer zone and to stop support to rebel groups.

The Joint Political and Security Mechanism (JPSM) failed this week to agree on a map of the buffer zone and the delegations are expected to resume talks on 5 July.

Before the 2 May decisions of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) demanding the two countries stop ground and air attacks, the Sudanese air force had carried out attacks inside the South Sudanese territory saying it was targeting camps of Darfur rebels.

It is not clear whether Khartoum intends just to alert the international community on recent violations of the resolution 2046 by the South Sudanese government or to prepare to resume air raids.

Sudan accepted this week formally a tripartite initiative to distribute humanitarian assistance in the rebel held areas of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

The long awaited humanitarian operation requires the two parties to observe a cessation of hostilities even if they did not sign it officially.

Observers fear that this de facto truce in South Kordofan might lead to a fresh outbreak in Darfur.

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  • 1 July 2012 10:05, by zulu

    REALY? YOU DUMB NCP JUST HAND OVER POWER TO THE PEOPLE WHO WILL LEAD YOUR COUNTRY TO PROSPERITY, YOU HAVE LOST LEGITIMACY AND TIME IS UP. YOU CANNOT EVEN FACE OTHER REBELS YOU HAVE PROMISED TO ERADICATE SINCE APRIL. WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT? TEAR GASSING PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATIONS?

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    • 1 July 2012 11:55, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      To target rebels wherever they are means bombing even inside South Sudan.
      We shall this around bomb khartoum city if SAF tries to move or bomb us again.
      Serous destruction is on the way to khartoum very soon.

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      • 1 July 2012 20:31, by laatmachol apac

        if you want to target where rebel are,why do you bomb other area which do not have rebelor you mean citizen of southern sudan are all rebel that is why you have been targeting your bomb to where they are residing.

        citizen residing in south sudan
        Rumbek-Lakes State

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    • 1 July 2012 14:04, by Hardball

      The regime generals must be careful by not killing Sudanese people; because after the regime collapse, they can run; but they cannot hide from Sudanese people from being put to death.

      The army and police should be defecting to the people now. Learnt some lessons from Iraqi generals!

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    • 2 July 2012 08:06, by Dinkawarrior

      Still dreaming of bombing South Sudan territories! Ho! Try it now and let us see how is it gonna work? The January 1st, 1956 Map of South Sudan is out there with it Air defense and if you wanna test it then you’re free to do. But in long run, you might be wandering what happened to your regime in Khartoum. I hope President Bashit his days are numbered, Please people, don’t let this chance go nativ

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  • 1 July 2012 23:54, by Born-to-Rule

    Don’t know if I should feel sorry for the citizens in north Sudan!. But thy deserve their douche bags leader, since they can’t mobilize to get rid of them. Northern Sudan and it’s government is a cesspool which is being run by bunch incompetence idiots. Bashir is the world’s most wanted criminal dead or alive, preferably dead.

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  • 2 July 2012 00:33, by Born-to-Rule

    In your dream Mr. Sawarmi all the freedom fighters are all over northern Sudan and there is nothing you can do about it. You’re a real dumb ass if you think you can get rid of freedom fighters. You and government in Khartoum Mr. Saad are doom for failure. North Sudan will never be the same regardless of what you nincompoops concocted.

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  • 2 July 2012 06:51, by Observer

    One wonders about respecting the sovereignity of other countries. Our President is always quoting that when it suits him but has no respect for the sovereignity of other countries.
    What a double standard.. but that is what we expect from our Govt and Bashir- lies and hypocrisy

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  • 2 July 2012 10:22, by Kikiji longiro

    These people are sick minded people.How long will they fight citizens? They have decieved thess people for many years that is why these people took guns in behave of wasting their time.South Sudanese did & they have got South.What about Nubians,People of Blue Nile & Darfurians,are they not human beings which are also inneed of their rights even without gun.

    SUDAN, WE NEED PEACE,PEACE,.......!

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