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Pentagon mulls assistance to Darfur peacekeeping force & SPLA

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August 27, 2009 (WASHINGTON) — The US Department of Defense (DOD) is considering sending advisers to assist the African Union – United Nations mission on Darfur (UNAMID), according to a news report.

The US based Inside the Pentagon (ITP) newsletter quoted Vicki Huddleston, the new deputy assistant secretary of defense for Africa as saying that the Pentagon hopes to offer advisers mainly on logistical issues.

This would be similar to a decision by DOD taken to provide advisers to the U.N. mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT), Huddleston said.

In late July, president Obama special envoy to Sudan Scott Gration told US lawmakers specialized intelligence and reconnaissance capabilities will be needed as peace process in Darfur progresses that could be coordinated with United States African Command (AFRICOM).

However, such a step would likely face stiff resistance from Khartoum which had vehemently opposed any non-African units as part of UNAMID.

The US State Department is eyeing around eight individuals from AFRICOM to help with planning and command and control.

Gration’s military background may have assisted him in obtaining more cooperation from the DOD unlike his predecessor Richard Williamson.

In an interview with Reuters last March, Williamson said that he “found it difficult to get much cooperation from the Pentagon” adding that Gration “will be able to deal with that more easily” than he was able to.

UNAMID faces a long standing deficiency in aerial capability as the international community have been reluctant to provide helicopters to the mission.

Some countries are said to be unhappy with the UNAMID command and control structure while others fear hostile environment particularly in light of remarks made by Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir in the past saying he does not want any “Westerners” in Darfur.

The possible military involvement of DOD in Darfur would be incorporated in the Sudan policy review to be released by the US administration at any time now.

“I represent an agency that’s only one small part of it [Sudan policy review], but I think we all hope that maybe by September we’ll see it roll out,” Huddleston said.

The DOD official said that Washington is “looking at how we can best work with the international community, the African Union, our various partners in the EU and around the world” in promoting a resolution to the conflict in Darfur and helping displaced people.

On the issue of South Sudan, the Pentagon disclosed that the US administration is keen on assisting Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) "transition from a guerilla force to one that can provide adequate defense capabilities for its people and territory," DOD spokeswoman Lt. Colonel Almarah Belk told ITP.

"Professional military education and training for officers and enlisted personnel is one key aspect; an air defense capability might be relevant," she added.

Some analysts in Washington believe that boosting SPLA’s air defense capabilities will deter the North from attacking to prevent by force the secession of South Sudan.

South Sudan is reportedly building up its military arsenal, including a controversial shipment of Ukrainian tanks last year, in secrecy to prepare for such an event.

In accordance with the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, (CPA) weapons to Southern Sudan have to be approved first by the central government.

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  • 28 August 2009 07:56, by murlescrewed

    The US is keen to ensure that the balance of power doesn’t tilt in Khartoum’s favor. Its overall objective is to ensure that SPLA can weather any attack from SAF and still able to win any engage. Rendering air capabilities of SAF useless is at the center of this program.

    If North is unable to rely on air superiority, it is bound to lose any ground engagement.

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  • 28 August 2009 08:13, by Kur

    Upgrading the defence capabilities of the SPLA is key to stability in the subretion of East Africa. It will silence those who wish to continue with the policies ot creating wars for their own political survival. Pentagon should move quickly to enhance the SPLA defence machines so that warmongers would think twice before they embark on other destructive missions.

    Kur

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  • 28 August 2009 08:15, by Peter Aarai

    Wait a minute did I mistakely didn’t see oshay commenting on this article? He was very happy two days about Russian going to provide a maintenance to NIF armed forces. Now today he got sick about Arabs police U.S. going provide professional training to SPLA and logistic air support to deter counterattack from north in case they might attack south if declared her as state or become a country.

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    • 28 August 2009 08:28, by Lokang

      Peter,

      You are very right brother. That idiot can never comment on things that he knows will soon affect his next of kins.

      I hope he will tells us how he view the proposed motion.
      South Sudan oyeee!

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      • 28 August 2009 11:21, by korenilo A.

        To peter & lokang

        it is true as you know,now it is clear this son of maggot called oshay is now scared about postive delovepment from washington to south sudan.what the are best at is watching people of south being murder by arabs.let me tell you that the whole SPLA will be ready for program.it is now clear after the training is over ,the will be ready to defend the people of the republic of south sudan come 2011 from and arabs inversion.

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    • 28 August 2009 08:41, by oshay

      No it was a boring article, secondly, when the SPLM feeds its people and averts imminent famines then it can talk about even training a bunch of bush fighters to know how to fly a plain let alone fire a gun.

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      • 28 August 2009 09:54, by Jok 011

        Mr Oshay, yes we are bush fighters and we can also flight plain and if you doubt then ask me what I do and some of my friends whom we are studying an Aviation together. So cut that tail of yours away your self and talk right.

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        • 29 August 2009 02:49, by Mel mosa

          Someone may think back during the liberation. SPLA didn’t buy any gun but Sudan government bought guns for SPLA. Now the SPLA has ability to buy any gun. If someone is a good thinker, how can the SAF defeat SPLA now and did not defeat the time the SPLA was gurrella? I think the guns bought by SAF will be SPLA’s guns later on. Just wait.

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      • 28 August 2009 11:35, by korenilo A.

        to oshay

        it is true we are bush fighter no agrument about that, but what are you ?rapist, murders,looters,killers ,evilminded. yes we went to the bush to free our people from all this sort of human killings and we are ready to do that millions time, if we feel not satify with way arabs are ruling this country,you SOB ,MAGGOT ,we are going to show you that we are dieing hard people ,we shall fight for our right till we get it no matter how costly it may be.the will be train and become morden army weather you like it or not.your days are number in kharhtum remember your madate with arabs is almost over now ,so i adivice you now to look for visa to go to somalia and joint al-shabab becouse you like lawless place .

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      • 28 August 2009 12:34, by Sudan Landlord

        Oshey Begger,

        Didn’t i tell you what an American is??
        Read this article carefully with understanding and then translated it your fukers for better understanding.
        All your caves are mapped and you will be smoked out one after the other.
        Gration is not sent to Khartoum for a joke or to entertain you murderers.
        Wait and you will test it.

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      • 29 August 2009 08:30, by Peter Aarai

        First of all, oshay u need to go back to school to know how spell out plaine to plane then run your mouth on us biiiiiiiiiitch

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  • 28 August 2009 09:47, by Mabior Ayuen Dengajok

    Guys let’s be frank about this international politics, this reaction about US is an ideal for continuation and fighting against communism worldwide, note the cold war is a back, not over.

    For instance, during our struggle in 1983 to 1990, Russian, Ethiopia under Mariam regime and Libya including Cuba were communists, by the way they have gave more sustain our struggle and Khartoum government was been support by United States.

    When the cold war came to an end, again the Khartoum regime have invited Osama into it territory, ultimately the US had no other option but to change it strategy of supporting the Khartoum government.
    US shifted it logical support towards SPLM/A, so this US support have nothing to with SPLM/A at the moment but they have find themselves that may be defeat by Russian in the Sudan, so they have no choice, but to support the South in order resist the Russian power in Khartoum, this is clear in other part of the World where Russian politics is present, American react offensively.

    South Must plays a neutral politics to by pass international politics that can dissolve the South Function, this is clear in communist Country of Zimbabwe because it have been caught by the two main global parties, Russian communism and West Socialism, Capitalism

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    • 28 August 2009 10:14, by Jok 011

      Mr Mabior, I don’t think you really have evident about SPLA getting help from the U.S. So let me tell you, SPLA never got help from the U.S except the contribution which they made in the peace accord. So, that statement which we read today hasn’t been put in place yet and even we don’t know if they will help the Southern Sudanese.

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      • 28 August 2009 10:18, by Mabior Ayuen Dengajok

        JOK,I know that, this is how US make negative statement to crapped Goss attention, so they could win.

        Untill then, we will believe them.

        Thanks

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  • 28 August 2009 17:31, by Jonathan

    Ha Ha Ha Ha. The time has come for the south sudanese to give the hardest pinch on the So called NCP. NCP used planes to track us down during the 21 years of struggle.

    Now time has come for you to know that any of your previous air raids will be track down indiscriminately and without Mercy. You will learn lessons that the sons of your sons will not forget.

    You must now distant yourselves from the affairs of the South. Leave us alone for your presence here is not of any help.

    Southerners are only waiting for january 2011 to let you go forever. Start to arrange your journey now or you’ll find it late to reach Khartoum. You have done harm to south Sudan.

    Independence for Southern Sudan is Unavoidable so stop attempt to make unity attractive. Where were you since 1956 if you wanted us to co exist?

    Jonathan

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    • 28 August 2009 19:11, by DASODIKO

      USA now you got it, the only thing that Sudanese Arabs fear everywhere is the use of force. The thing that they profess well is bragging. If USA want to submit the islamist in Khartoum and listen to them, they have to move about one battalion from Marines in Sudan.
      I am sure every answer in Khartoum will be Yes sir, yeah sir, I got it sir.

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      • 28 August 2009 20:38, by james nyoma

        Dear South Sudanese,
        Guest what I have for you. Oshay is not a name of a person, it is an ORGANIZED SECURITY to HINDER or HAMPER the ACTIVITIES of YOUTH of SOUTH SUDAN. They have omitted the SS so that we will not identify them. These groups work in network. They have the names like OSHAY, BUSTA and many other names. They have their passwords distributed so that any one of them can easily comment at any time. You see they can pretend to be an Equatorian ,a Murle, a Nuer, a Shilluk or whoever in Southern Sudan. Their aim is to preach disunity among the sons and daughters of this beloved South Sudan. Thus I call upon the vigilant sons and daughters of this beloved new nation not to be driven by their ugly games. We are a new generation. God bless South Sudan.
        Your camrade.

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        • 29 August 2009 05:33, by Mohammad100

          Dear all,

          If the propaganda can be substituted for bravery, or to be taken at a face value, then the Arabs could have been the rulers and the superpower of the world. In the world where the reality dictates, it very hard to sustain empty claims over and over with no end in sight. Whether Pentagon’s assistance to Darfur peacekeeping force & SPLA is real, please don’t count your chicken before it hatches. We all do have our own interest to guard. That is the reality.

          Asalaam aleikum,

          Mohammad.

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