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Sudan army says it recaptured area in Blue Nile from SPLM-N rebels


February 18, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese army announced on Monday that it has reclaimed back an area in the border state of Blue Nile from the rebels of the Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N).

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Soldiers from Sudan’s army rest after gaining control of an area in the Blue Nile state capital, al-Damazin, on 5 September 2011 (Photo: Reuters)

The army spokesperson Colonel Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad was quoted by Sudan official news agency (SUNA) as saying that they liberated Mafo which lies in the southwest part of the state.

Col. Sa’ad went on to say that the army estimates that the SPLM-N had the equivalent of a battalion in troops as well as tanks, artillery and Land Cruiser vehicles in the area.

He said that SPLM-N rebels suffered large losses including 66 fighters, 4 tanks, 4 Land Cruiser vehicles and 2 tractors.

Around 70 who were injured from the rebels have moved across the border into South Sudan, including 3 senior officers, while other groups fled to Wadka and Aura, Col. Sa’ad added.

He acknowledged that an unspecified but "small" number of Sudanese soldiers were killed and injured.

Last Sunday the SPLM-N Secretary General, Yasser Arman, said that the Sudanese army launched an aerial and ground attack in Mafo thus forcing around 8,000 to civilians to flee closer to the Ethiopian and South Sudanese border.

The conflict in Blue Nile started in September 2011, a few months after neighbouring South Sudan seceded under a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war. A few months earlier a similar conflict broke out in South Kordofan which also lies on the borders with South Sudan.

The SPLM-N fought as part of the southern rebel army during that war, but were left on the Sudanese side of the border after partition.

Khartoum accuses Juba of backing the rebels and is making suspending support to them a prerequisite to implementing a number of deals they signed last year including one on Southern oil exports.

The Sudanese government refuses to negotiate with SPLM-N rebels fearing that it could be forced to accept wealth and power sharing arrangements similar to the ones included in the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed with the South.

The UN Security Council’s (UNSC) resolution number 2046 ordered Sudan and the SPLM-N to cooperate in order to end the conflict in the two regions. Under the resolution, two parties are supposed to negotiate on the basis of the 28 June 2011 agreement they signed in Addis Ababa before it was scrapped by Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir.

The African Union mediation team has called on the Sudanese government and the SPLM-N to meet in Addis Ababa on in mid-March to hold direct political talks to end the conflict in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states.


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  • 19 February 2013 08:01, by Pif Paf

    That’s Correct !! You will continue to hear of SAF victory in BN & SK again and again until they are cleansed from the SPLM’s and we will continue to monitor there movements closely in the south.
    Bravo SAF !!

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    • 19 February 2013 08:19, by Michael Angelo

      Who will listen to this crap? Just accept defeat.

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      • 19 February 2013 08:23, by Robot

        report the true story, don’t divert people’s attention just for nothing. there was a fight, but is still not the full report of aftermath. THE FIGHT IS STILL THERE, THEREFORE REPORTING HALF OF THIS CRAP IS USELESS.

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    • 19 February 2013 11:58, by zulu

      phat pat,
      How can you recapture a refugee settlement and consider fighting mighty SPLA? For God’s sakes, it is a refugee camp

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    • 19 February 2013 13:04, by kamal

      Prf this spoke person is lying.during when SPLA capture higlic (panthuo )they show photos of the town,tanks,vehicles and even fighters which have been capture that is POW.this is negative saying .

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  • 19 February 2013 08:21, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    War is tactics
    SPLA will never be defeated forever,when they withrdraw,does not mean defeat. wait for future SPLA leadership to Strong leaders. SPLA will over take Khartuom one day. We do not talk of little village Mafo which we will take tomorrow. It is just a traspped to bring them closer. The terrorist can not be allowed to live in Africa Arab settler time is numbers. AU force Strong Army fight

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  • 19 February 2013 08:46, by master

    allaho akbar
    fuck them hard these stooges

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    • 19 February 2013 09:27, by 4Justice

      Your Allah is filled with hate!

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    • 19 February 2013 09:56, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

      Don’t lying people SPLA-N can not be defeated like North Sudan, why don’t u show the really evident for the areas?
      If it’s true SPLA-N will defeat u very soon.

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  • 19 February 2013 08:58, by Jalaby

    I can understand and appreciate SAF task of protecting our national security but we want that war to come to its end now, this is not like the previous North-South war by any mean, any person who is killed or any blood fell in the ground from both sides is a Sudanese blood and valuable blood, this war should stop and we have enough blood that has been spilled for vain

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    • 19 February 2013 09:09, by Jalaby

      I’ve to say it and repeat it again and again, Al-Bashir was completely wrong when he cancelled Nafie-Aggar agreement after Nafie signed it,that agreement stated clearly the disengagement of SPLA-N from SPLA and incorporate them in SAF,they didn’t ask for secular Sudan or Self-Determination,Al-Bashir was wrong and should be brave enough and correct his fatal mistake!

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      • 19 February 2013 13:47, by Pure Nationalist

        What about wealth and power sharing which your government doesn’t want to repeat itself? You can get 99.99% of employees including cleaners in Blue Nile are non native of Blue Nile citizens, these citizens can get something c/o wealth and power sharing if Al-Bashir every accepts peace. Where can their desert dwuellers of far North get where to eat?

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      • 19 February 2013 13:58, by Pif Paf

        I disagree with you Jalaby. You have no idea what Aggar and his militias were doing to the people of BN. He used the money of the state for his own pleasure. His militias roamed BN doing getting drunk and doing whatever they wanted. Aggar didnt integrate his militias into the army as per CPA. BN is a much better place ever since he left it, anyone living there would tell u that.

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        • 19 February 2013 15:20, by Jalaby

          Pif Paf,
          I’m not talking about CPA here I’m talking about Nafie-Aggar agreement that Al-Bashir had cancelled it after giving the green light to Nafie to sign it and without even referring to NCP Shora council!
          What was wrong with that agreement?!

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    • 19 February 2013 10:05, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

      Jalaby you support Arab just for food only, you are not really Arab, No pure Arab who can westing his/her time in computer like you.
      Don’t u pray five time a day?
      are you not a trader like Arab?
      pls!!!Pls!!! think for another way to get Arab food not media/news to Support North Sudan.

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    • 19 February 2013 11:15, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Jalaby you will agree or not,infantry compare SPLA with SAF who can win.For any Airbombardment wait abit,Jerusalum was not built in aday,compare the new Nation with Sudan who obtain its independent in 1956/2011 what is the different.
      After 5yr only south Sudan army will be more stronger than any Africa countries.

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    • 19 February 2013 11:16, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Jalaby you will agree or not,infantry compare SPLA with SAF who can win.For any Airbombardment wait abit,Jerusalum was not built in aday,compare the new Nation with Sudan who obtain its independent in 1956/2011 what is the different.
      After 5yr only south Sudan army will be more stronger than any Africa countries.

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  • 19 February 2013 09:12, by 4Justice

    Is this how people are liberated in your kingdom of darkness?

    Fleeing aerial bombardment by the Sudanese air force, thousands of those who survived have abandoned their homes and made make shift shelters between the rocks and boulders.

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  • 19 February 2013 09:47, by barbayo

    SPLM-N you teach them malitias of Abashir,no talking with NCP Malitias

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  • 19 February 2013 12:28, by 4Justice

    Genocide Scholars Letters to the U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and the U.S. Government’s Atrocities Prevention Board Go Unanswered.


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  • 19 February 2013 12:37, by History has Records

    Point of Correction Miss colonel Al-Sawarmi, i don’t understand why you focus alot on an illusionists positivity. the Army left Mafo for a back up plan and you assembled your mal nurtured battalion kilo meters away from Mafo, you should be ashamed, if your boss knows the truth, he will be so disappointed in you, please review your report.

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    • 19 February 2013 13:24, by Kalo

      You Jalabas/fake fuckin Arabs and Sawarmi Kadab,that is not true information we have,you were already defeated on the ground,leave the issue of propaganda media,come to Nuba Mts instead of singing the song in Khartoum,long live SPLA-N,
      Kalo Song of Nuba,

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  • 19 February 2013 16:07, by Mapuor

    Winning a battle does not mean winning the war.The war is still raging .hahaha just address the root cause of the problem.SPLM/N is self sustaining and will eventually defeat the Falata and Housa mercenaries.

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    • 19 February 2013 16:33, by sudani ana

      I often find your comments to be rational and follow common sense, however am surprised by your comment above which has racist undertones to it. For your information Falata and Housa are Sudanese citizins and have a right to defend their country against armed rebels like any other Sudanese nationals.

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      • 19 February 2013 23:15, by Jay

        Sudani ana, the truth hurt badly, as you can see, Mapour just hit the nail on the head! You’re an able to take the facts from Mapour because you Sudanese live by lies and will die with lies!

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  • 20 February 2013 01:31, by Panthou

    Stupid Al-sawarmi, stop lying! When did that happened? Why do you reports what we captured from you? I am here in Blue Nile, what ever messes that you reported didn’t happen here. Anyway, we’re still hurting for SAF now in all areas around.

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