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Sudanese army seize new rebel position in Blue Nile – spokesperson

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November 22, 2011 (KHARTOUM) — The Sudanese army said on Tuesday that it has taken control of another position held by the rebel Sudan - People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) twenty days after the capture of the rebel stronghold of Kurmuk in Blue Nile border state.

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SAF spokesman Swarmi Khaled Saad speaks during a news conference in Khartoum October 31, 2011— (Reuters)

The Sudanese army, which is fighting the SPLM-N in the Blue Nile since the first of last September, intensified its efforts to clear the region from the rebels pushing them South in a series of attacks hampered by the rainy season.

Al-Swarmi Khaled, spokesperson of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) announced the capture of Deim Mansour stressing they seized two tanks in good conditions, quantities of small arms and ammunition stores in the area.

He also said the army inflicted heavy losses on the ranks of the rebel fighters without elaborating.

Diem Mansour is located at 17 km south of Kurmuk and 25 km from the border with the Republic of South Sudan which Khartoum accuses of backing the rebels.

The military spokesperson further said that SAF troops are still hunting "the remnants" of the SPLM-N in Yabous area which is at the border with the South. The rebels did not yet react to the Sudanese military claims.

The fight between the Sudanese army and the rebel SPLM-N in the border states is seen as dangerous conflict that may ignite a war between Sudan and the news independent South Sudan.

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayadrit toured recently Nairobi, Kampala and Addis Ababa to explain the position of his government from the ongoing conflict in the border restive regions and accused Khartoum of supporting the South Sudanese rebels.

Speaking before some 400 police and customs officers integrated into the South Sudan interior ministry following their demobilisation by Khartoum after the independence, Salva Kiir reiterated South Sudan readiness to protect its territories in case of aggression from the Sudanese army.

"The Republic of South Sudan will not go back to war with Khartoum; we are for peace and development but those who beat drums of war in Khartoum know that South Sudan is ready to defend its territories from any aggression," Kiir said on Tuesday.

In accordance to the 2005 peace deal between Sudanese government and former rebel SPLM, South Kordofan and Blue Nile have to hold a popular consultation and to integrate their fighters in the national army.

However, the allegations of rigging in the South Kordofan elections, and the failure to implement the disarmament process led to the eruption of war in Kadugli between the former partners.

The Sudanese government refuses any foreign mediation to broker the talks with the SPLM-N rebels while the later formed an alliance with three main rebel groups in Darfur region to overthrow the regime in Khartoum.

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  • 23 November 2011 09:06, by Epuol

    You are talking nonsence that you capture another town rather then Khormuk.When was that happened?Ok take them today either by mouth or infact,but not forgood.

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  • 23 November 2011 14:20, by Kawaja Mikis

    Arabs should leave South Sudan alone and stoped being threatening of war, war is not new for South Sudan.

    but it seems arabs are very jealous of new born nation, Republic of South Sudan.

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  • 23 November 2011 15:31, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Arabs in the Northern Sudan are very lucky indeed.

    By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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    • 24 November 2011 02:46, by SSLA/M Supporter

      My people of Southern Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan or Nuba mountains! please try to move on with your lives and don’t turn your region into frontline for the corrupt and rotten SPLA/M party proxy wars! Why are you allowing yourselves to be used to fight the SPLA militia proxy war? Where are those of Malik and El Hilu? Are they not enjoying their luxurious lives in Juba with those of Kiir!!

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      • 24 November 2011 02:59, by SSLA/M Supporter

        cont..

        while you and your families are facing it all alone! what has SPLA/M thugs brought to your regions other than corruption and blood shed? kick those thugs out of your states so as to rebuild your lives that have been ruined by the SPLA useless proxy wars! If SPLA/M militia cares about you, the marginalised people of Sudan then why did it chose separation of south over the unity of Sudan?

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