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U.S. expresses condolences to Darfur JEM over death of its leader

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December 27, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The United States special envoy for Sudan Princeton Lyman and his senior Adviser for Darfur Dane Smith offered their condolences to the Darfur Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) on the death of its leader Khalil Ibrahim.

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United States special envoy for Sudan Princeton Lyman (L) and his senior Adviser for Darfur Dane Smith (R)

Ibrahim was killed over the weekend in an airstrike that targeted him in North Kordofan as he was sleeping but details remain murky.

Several rebel sources privately accuse two neighboring countries and an Arab Gulf state of coordinating the killing of Ibrahim using a drone aircraft.

Ahmed Hussein Adam the external relations adviser at JEM told Sudan Tribune that Lyman and Smith called Gibreel Ibrahim who is Khalil’s brother and the movement’s external relations secretary.

The two U.S. officials extended their condolences to Gibreel and discussed JEM’s future after Khalil’s death and its position on Darfur peace efforts.

JEM is not a signatory of the the Doha Darfur Peace Document (DDPD) that was signed last July between the Sudanese government and the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM).

Adam said that Gibreel emphasized to the U.S. diplomats that JEM’s institutions remain intact and cohesive despite the “irreparable loss” of its leader.

"We told them that the movement has institutions and a charter that regulates its work in situations like this and therefore there will be a smooth transition of power especially that we have a historical responsibility towards our people and we must observe that,” he said.

He added that JEM affirmed its commitment to a political solution and its call for a comprehensive approach to resolve the issues of peace in Sudan.

The JEM official also confirmed their adherence to the program of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) and that its obligations will not be affected by the death of Khalil Ibrahim.

JEM and Sudan Liberation Movement of Minni Minnawi (SLM-MM) are part of a four-member-alliance, formally announced last month. The SRF also includes Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) and SLM led by Abdel Wahid Al-Nur with a stated aim of overthrowing the regime in Khartoum.

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  • 28 December 2011 09:32, by Michael Angelo

    Rest in peace Dr. Khalil! People of Darfur especially your followers must united and achieve your vision. Those who sympathize your suffering and people of South Sudan will always support you till you achieve your goal.

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  • 28 December 2011 09:33, by Daniel Buolmawei

    I don’t think this should always be held as private accusation. It is openly known even to a child born yesterday that the two neighboring countries that helped in the assassination of Dr. Khalil are Chad and Egypt, plus maybe unknown new souls in Lybya, and the Gulf Arab state is nothing but Iran. Thank U.S. for offering condolences to the rebels and their families.

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    • 28 December 2011 10:08, by Sam.Eto

      And South Sudan got Uganda to assassinate Athor - whats your point.

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      • 28 December 2011 13:01, by Logic

        Well great, at least the racists admit they got external help! I doubt S. Sudan got any help killing Athor, after all no sophisticated methods were used, he refused to surrender so he was laid down.

        But to kill a man in his sleep, is the true style of the pussycat SAF and their accomplices.

        Cowards never prosper, Bashir watch your back mr fake Arab. JEM is coming for you, lol.lol

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        • 28 December 2011 14:50, by gotutu

          what a fuck is you
          Athor was within the SPLA but his power hungry heart force him to leave the mov,t he fought for 21 years
          demn you the son of habit
          death to bashir
          who decieve George to reveal

          SPLM OYEE
          JEM OYEE
          WE WILL UNITE SUDAN WHEN THE BASHIR DEATH IS ANNOUNCED
          NO THANKS

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  • 28 December 2011 09:36, by Madina Tonj

    It is true Dr.Khalil Ibrahim was kill by Iran drone aircraft. I wish the rebels of Darfur and others in Southern Kordofan as well as South Blue Nile need to be given more helps because there is indication of Arabs cooperation against none Arabs in the Sudan. All rebels must get togethers and get more arms to deal with Khartoum government. The world should help them in anything they will needs

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  • 28 December 2011 09:43, by Green

    United Darfurian, human rights isnt human equality! No one is on your side, but your on your own side! Aim for mission of humanity not the equality of human rights n govt of Basher! Garang is not died in S. Sudan! Darfurian are alive and well! TIME FOR WAR! let the Arabs kn we not them! war is war, fruite of WAR,is achivement! aim for that!!!!!!!!!

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  • 28 December 2011 10:01, by philipdit wol

    Killing of JEM rebel Khalil Ibrahim is not the solution to the problem. Bhasir and his Arabic leagues should learn from South Sudan how many rebels were killed and still their vision had been achieved by few SPLA/SPLM. until South Sudan got it,s independent. Could be the same to JEM.

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    • 28 December 2011 12:22, by Wen De David Kuol

      US must support the Regime change in Khartuom if they too express deep sorrow on the Dr.Khalil targedy death. Iran kill him of no doubt.
      His Brothe Gibrel must be caution enough not to forge the relation with Arab Ismalists. it betray thier ideology. Stop Phone calls from unfriendly Countries. use ISREAL to back up your relationship with Eatern Africa Countries-Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia plus

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      • 28 December 2011 16:08, by pabaak

        Yes you right Wend David Koul, JEM has to distance themselves from the An Arab country this time onward,because they learned enough lesson when Khalil was detained and almost kill by contaminate his food in lybia, US should support the war effort to oust AL- Basheir in power instead of supporting Doha peace that is not a comprehensive solution to Darfur problems.

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        • 28 December 2011 16:20, by pabaak

          if U.S can help Libya rebels to oust Gadafei than I don’t think AL- basheir situation is better than Gadafei, in fact Basheir is worst than Gadfei, no doubt about that,even the child born today will say that, worst atrocities in Darfur and all other marginalizes place in Sudan stay witness to his deeds.

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  • 28 December 2011 11:09, by sober

    The United States regard Darfur Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) as Islamic military wing of hassan Eltorabi. Now, the United States special envoy for Sudan offered their condolences. We can call it (the enemy of your enemy is your ally. United States just want a puppet regime in Khartoum.

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    • 28 December 2011 13:06, by Logic

      We don’t care much for what the US wants, we want justice & equality for the marginalized African Sudanese period.

      We’re fully aware of the West’s imperialistic double standards, but as long as we’re dignified in our country, they’ll remain a strategic. Once we clean our house, then we can dream of cleaning up the world.

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      • 29 December 2011 06:32, by Ambowl Papakayo

        Dear Logic,
        Your comment contains a lot and I think we, the marginalized in the north should uphold by that.

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