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Chad carries out air strikes in Sudan’s Darfur - official

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May 15, 2009 (KHARTOUM) — Chadian air force planes on Friday carried out raids twice inside the Darfur region of Sudan, the Sudanese foreign ministry said. While the Chadian government spoke about preventive action against Sudan harbored rebels.

The air strikes comes ten days after Sudan backed Chadian rebels moved inside the country in an attempt to overthrow the government of Chadian President Idriss Deby that Khartoum accuses of supporting Darfur rebels.

Three Chadian aircrafts bombed the area of Jabel Sandu south of El Geneina, which lies about 60 kilometers inside Sudan. The Chadian airplanes raided twice the area, the first attack was at 10:00am and the second raid at 01:30 pm local time.

Ali Youssef, the Acting Undersecretary of the Sudanese foreign ministry, said the aerial attacks are flagrant violation of Sudanese sovereignty and territorial integrity.

He further added the attack is a dangerous precedent and constitutes an act of war, pointing out that "the Government of Chad has to bear the consequences of this aggression."

A spokesperson of the Chadian rebels on Thursday told the AFP they are bombed "every day" by the government air force in south-eastern Sudan.

"We are bombarded daily by three (fighter aircraft) Sukhoi and helicopters," said Abderaman Koulamallah the spokesperson of the Union of Forces of the Resistance (UFR), which includes the main rebel factions.

The Chadian government describes the Chadian rebels as "mercenaries" and speaks about "Sudanese aggression."

The Chadian rebels before the attack they were based near El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur state. However they claim now being inside the Chadian territory.

"We are in the south-eastern Chad, about forty kilometers from the Sudanese border. It’s not over. We’ve had losses last week but our forces are intact or almost," said Koulamallah.

The Chadian government confirmed the air strikes describing Khartoum’s position as "the robber who cries thief".

Reacting to Sudanese accusations Mahamat Hissene, the spokesperson of the Chadian Government told reporters today in Ndjamena that since Sudan "is not ready to give up on its devastating offensives, Chad has the right to destroy the evil — including preventive action against training camps and mercenary bases."

"It won’t be Sudan’s threats of retaliation that will make Chadian troops fold," he added.
On January 7, 2008, the Chadian air force planes attacked bases of Chadian rebel in West Darfur. At the time the Sudanese army had said it would retaliate but the threats remained without effect.

Due to internal political problems in both countries, Sudan and Chad have armed opposition groups. The two countries pursue their war against the rebel groups by supporting respective opposition movements, analysts say.

"The two countries signed many agreements but they were unable to honor it because these deals do not address the real problem, which is the political situation inside the two countries," said a western expert who declined to be named.

Libya in the past tried to end the tension between the two countries by holding different meeting between the Sudanese and Chadian leaders who signed Tripoli agreements in 2006. Also the Saudi Arabia mediated an agreement in 2007, Dakar Agreement was inked in 2008 with a committee to monitor its implementation. Early this month, the two countries signed an agreement in Doha two days before the rebel attack.

The regional and international communities watched with some indifference the latest rebel attack despite the condemnation of the rebel attack by the AU and the UN.

The escalation of tension between the two countries could lead the international community to look for a new approach to end the chronic tension between the Sudan and Chad.

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  • 16 May 2009 06:16, by Toposa Boy southerner

    chad is the only country facing evil arab of khartoum
    the goverment of Dinkas in Juba keep sleeping and stilling
    money of southrners stupid Dinkas can not face there husband Arab Mudukuru of khartoum

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    • 16 May 2009 09:32, by Sierra One

      You are right Toposa Boy the Chad is brave country all over the Au.
      Here in southern sudan Dinka don`t see what is happening but their aimis to steal the money and full stop .
      Shame on you Dinka ,but God is great south sudan will continoue as it is .But remember your time has approach as it was proposes by Ngundeng in his Historical analyses

      Thanks
      Wut ciengNuera

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    • 16 May 2009 19:55, by The Living Witness

      Hi Toposa Boy! Indeed you are actaully right to some extend and Stupid on the other hand. Why dont we fight the common enemy first together with the multitudes of Dinka and the other citizens in the south after which we embark against the Dinka. We need to be calm for the remaining 20 months or so, in which our both destiny shall be determined as the south sudan nation.
      Dinka is of coz a nasty tribe that God created during the last time of creation and wished them a bad luck. Can you imagine even if a Dinka with a PhD holder talks.. he/she just talk shit and lambasting about other tribes. Anyway, pass my peaceful message to your local people that we are both animals biologically with cows/cattle, but human being is an intelligent one, I mean let them stop inter-country raiding and tribal killing in the name of the cattle. I hope they can change dramatically.

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    • 16 May 2009 20:01, by Guac monydor ku nak Nuer

      Hey You two guys, you usually take dissimiliar directions of your silly miscontructive comments. However, slanderous discrimination comment against Dinka neiher espouse your community nor you. so I don’t think the tension between the Islamic government of Khartoum Chad didn’t inolve Dinkas. please guy if you have special case against Great Monyjang just show it up.Just take a look fucking gay Monyjang is SECOND Israel in Sudan general and South Sudan spiecal, nothing new Dinka is Dinka we won’t giveup our vision forever, even if you hatred us we still treat you under bondage

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    • 19 May 2009 16:15, by Achuil Manyuat Tong

      you are really taposa boy.
      please understand something before you comment.how can you connect the conflict in Darfur with Dinka.if you are educationally bankrupt go back to school.you are spoiling the name of Taposa.

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  • 16 May 2009 12:33, by DAVID N.

    It’s illegal action took over by Chadian government came across into Sudanese territory.

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    • 16 May 2009 19:05, by garang peter majok

      SUDAN CRIMINAL BASHIR JUST WANT TO DESTABILIZED CHADIAN GOV.

      The real is that African are facing problems of addressing their own issues and some cooperate with bashir who is facing international isolation on the crimes he has committed in Durfour.anyway it is not only Chad but every neighboring state is facing the same problem even south of sudan.of course chad has right to stop criminals from furthering their training.bashir has been accused internationally there is no any legal legitimacy to support any arm group for it means regional aggressions aimed at crimes,he knows who ever is going to come into power through him will be regarded as criminal and will only means more cases of war crimes in the region.
      sudan still guilty on that bases.

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    • 16 May 2009 19:53, by DAVID N.

      The further intervention should take legal action must take place immediatery by Khartoum soon or later before it is too late.
      The enemy has come to Khartoum too close!
      They (Chad) started not too long ago, but it won’t finish void, but it will paid the full cost to defend BEAUTIFUL SUDAN NORTH.

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