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February 26, 2013 (PARIS) - Malian rebels who seized control of their country’s northern region last year may have crossed into Sudan, a well-placed diplomatic source told Sudan Tribune.

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Chad President Idriss Deby sits during the opening session of the regional bloc ECOWAS summit on expediting an African force to come to Mali’s aid, on January 19, 2013 in Abidjan (Getty Images)

The source said that Chadian president Idriss Deby informed Paris that rebels fleeing large-scale attacks on their positions by French and Malian forces had entered Sudan’s western Darfur region.

The comments come as Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti on Tuesday made a previously unannounced visit to Paris where he met with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius.

Sudan’s official news agency (SUNA) quoted foreign ministry spokesperson Al-Obeid Marwih as saying that the two officials discussed the situation in Mali among other topics.

This month the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) along with other rebel groups fighting a decade-long war against Khartoum in Darfur, claimed to have detected and documented the infiltration of Islamist rebels from Mali.

JEM spokesperson Jibril Adam Bilal accused the Sudanese government of deliberately misleading the public over the presence of Malian rebels.

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Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti (R) shaking hand with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius in Paris Tuesday February 26, 2013 (French Foreign Ministry)
Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti (R) shaking hand with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius in Paris Tuesday February 26, 2013 (French Foreign Ministry)

He alleged that Khartoum has deliberately allowed the rebels to enter Sudan, where they were integrated into government militia known as Abu-Taira.

The rebel Sudan Liberation Movement-Abdel Wahid Al-Nur (SLM-AW) also claimed that Islamist fighters from the Ansar Al-Dine group crossed into North Darfur from Mali through Niger and Libya late last month.

The spokesperson for the rebel movement, Nimir Abdel-Rahman, said they believe that the Tuaregs entered Darfur with the support of Libyan Islamist groups and not the Libyan government, as was previously claimed by other groups.

Meanwhile, an independent human rights commissioner, Masood Badri al-Deen, claimed in a press conference in Khartoum that the joint African Union-United Nation Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) had also confirmed a Malian rebel presence in Darfur.

Earlier this month, JEM released pictures displaying two vehicles allegedly transporting militiamen and Malian Tuaregs.

Al-Qaeda-linked rebel groups seized control of Mali’s northern region last year, a vast area of desert and rugged mountains the size of Texas.

Paris has carried out dozens of airstrikes and deployed thousands of troops in the troubled region since January in a bid to halt the rebels’ advance, amid fears the region could become a staging point for terrorist attacks in Africa and Europe.

The Sudanese army (SAF) has denied the presence of Malian jihadist groups in Darfur.

In statement released by a pro-government website on 20 February, SAF spokesperson Al-Sawarmi Khaled, said Sudan’s security services are closely monitoring the borders, describing the rebel statements as “unfounded”.

The French government has not responded publicly to the claims and French sources have denied that Paris has any concrete evidence about the arrival of armed militants from Mali to Darfur.

Speaker of JEM’s Legislative Assembly, Tahir El-Faki, who recently led a JEM delegation for talks with French officials, said they had warned France about the presence of jihadists in western Sudan, adding that Khartoum may seek to hand over some of the rebels in the future to Western countries for a “reward”.

Faki underscored that the Islamists who arrived in North Darfur are from different countries including Mali, Niger and Chad and other foreigners, adding that some of them had already been present in Darfur before moving to Mali last year.

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  • 27 February 2013 05:42, by ForAll

    Malian rebels will intensify the tribal wars in Darfur.
    Malian rebels are only evil tools for an evil plan for the destruction of the unity and union of Darfurians

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    • 27 February 2013 06:09, by PT92
      La la la la de mah sah. Right Jlalaby and the rest of goonies.

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      • 27 February 2013 07:04, by ForAll

        Sahih International
        When the hypocrites come to you, [O Muhammad], they say, "We testify that you are the Messenger of Allah ." And Allah knows that you are His Messenger, and Allah testifies that the hypocrites are liars.

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    • 27 February 2013 06:29, by PT92
      Mr. Bitchy, it is not about the their effectiveness against Malian government but it is the fact that your terrorist regime has been denying that, they don’t harbour any terrorist organization when in fact they trains and offer them safe heaven.

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      • 27 February 2013 07:07, by ForAll

        Sahih International
        The hypocrite men and hypocrite women are of one another. They enjoin what is wrong and forbid what is right and close their hands. They have forgotten Allah , so He has forgotten them [accordingly]. Indeed, the hypocrites - it is they who are the defiantly disobedient.

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    • 27 February 2013 18:42, by Baring

      Sudanese Government want to use the same card they used with the Jagkal(Carlose)to let the Franch Govt offer them some military assistant then they will hand over some not all of them.the idea of slave trade still in the maine of so call fak Arab, just wait and see in few month.

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  • 27 February 2013 05:50, by ForAll

    We don’t have "TAWARGA TRIBES" in DARFUR !!!
    What’s in it for them in Darfur ?????

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  • 27 February 2013 06:01, by Jalaby

    This is so ridiculous!!
    If we assume Malian rebels crossed two countries from Mali:Niger & Libya and came all the way and found a safe haven in Darfour, how they will be able to launch an effective attack against Malian regime from Sudan while they need to cross two countries with two big desert till they reach Mali?!!

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    • 27 February 2013 06:09, by Jalaby

      I believe Malian rebels can launch a very powerful attack from Darfour against Malian government under only one condition: they need to borrow intercontinental ballistic missiles from North Korea to fire them from Darfour and cross Chad & Niger airspace up to Mali and then successfully hit Malian capital city Bamako!!
      Give me a break, what a joke?! loooooooool

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      • 27 February 2013 06:22, by ForAll

        ALLAH FOR DARFUR
        ALLAH FOR DARFUR
        ALLAH FOR DARFUR
        ALLAH FOR DARFUR
        ALLAH FOR DARFUR
        ALLAH FOR DARFUR
        ALLAH FOR DARFUR
        ALLAH FOR DARFUR
        ALLAH FOR DARFUR

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      • 27 February 2013 06:36, by PT92
        Mr. Bitchy, it is not about the their effectiveness against Malian government but it is the fact that your terrorist regime has been denying that, they don’t harbour any terrorist organization when in fact they trains and offer them safe heaven.

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      • 27 February 2013 07:58, by Dawood

        Jalaby,
        You seems to not get it. It’s not that these rebels are going back to fight in Mali. It’s about wanting them to come and fight a war for the govt of Sudan in Darfur. These people are hardcore Jihadist and there is a commonality with those we have in Sudan. Some within the NCP are working from behind and wants these folks become a malatia to fight the rebels in Darfur, SK and the BN.

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      • 27 February 2013 08:03, by zulu

        THE ENTIRE THEOREY HAS BEEN THAT MALIAN REBELS WHO HAVE COLLUDED WITH ELQAIDA OF LIBYA ARE INTERNATIONAL NUICANCE.TO OVER SIMPLIFY THE MALIAN REBEL PRESENCE IN SUDAN, UNFORTUNATELY MISSES THE POINT OR EVEN WORSENS THE IMAGE OF SUDAN AS A SPONSOR OF EL QAIDA AND TERRORISM. SUDAN WILL REMAIN IN THE LIST OF TERRORISTS REGIMES AND UNDER SEVER SANCTIONS

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      • 27 February 2013 08:19, by Nuer Empire

        Gay:These are your gays were crashed in Mali by French troops.Khartoum sent them to fight Jihadist war of terrorism in Mali,Somalia,Gaza.No doubt that Khartoum is the training Center for terrorists.They will be crashed here if they attempt anything.SAF is a terrorist Organization sponsored by Al Qaeda.
        The Nuer Empire

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      • 27 February 2013 21:01, by Marco A. Wek

        Mistress terrorists always stick together. Malia terrorists have come all the way to their brothers in the trades.

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    • 27 February 2013 06:44, by South South

      Jalaby,
      You are too stupid to understand anything, leave this to people who have real brains to talk about it. All what you know is to fuck your own ass 5 times a day by sticking your own finger deep into it and take out shit in your hand. Shut up dirty man and stupid.

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    • 27 February 2013 07:33, by Kideopo Boy

      Jalaby what’s ridiculous here?? This is facts. Malian Jihadish are totally defeated in Mali and they have no option only to run back to their master land (Sudan-Omer Bashir) for their safety. You don’t know that Sudan is a safe heaven for Islamist Terrories in this world? They are no longer going back to fiight Malian and France forces. They have come to join Omer Bashir Terrories regime to killed

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      • 27 February 2013 08:51, by Jalaby

        Mr Kideopo Boy,
        You mean Malian rebel started from Sudan (Darfour) and crossed Chad,Niger all the way till they reached Mali and no one was able to detect or stops them till they occupied north Mali and now got defeated by French and Malian army and decided to make their long journey back and come home where their safe haven in Darfour!

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        • 27 February 2013 08:55, by Jalaby

          Just tell me,how a wise person can believe your story unless smokes marijuana (Bango)?how?
          You know what?I believe you can find buyers and hot market for your ironical story in Juba as Mr. Kiir and his thieves ministers are visionless people and they’re trapped at the corner by Khartoum and looking for anything to fail Khartoum,I’m very sure they’ll buy your story!

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          • 27 February 2013 09:31, by cbuongdit cholkua

            Jalaby, calm down man don’t get heat-up like that, just take a deep breath and starts thinking for the good answer. Without South’s envolvement in that matter, Khartoum is already failed.you either choose to be anarchy or oligarchy form of govt because that notorious rules will never you any where unless you step up and change that gangster.

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          • 27 February 2013 15:27, by zulu

            DIMRON JALABY,
            YOU ARE DOUCHE-BAG. SUPPOSEDLY WHO DID OSAMA EL QAIDA GROUP SET BASIS IN SUDAN OR THE PLO WHEN THE BOUNDARY BETWEEN SAUDI, PALESTINE IS NOT PROXY TO SUDAN?
            THIS IS A MODERN WORLD AND THE MODE OF TRANSPORT IS NOT CAMEL. USE YOUR BRAIN YOU NUER BOY

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          • 27 February 2013 15:28, by zulu

            DIMRON JALABY,
            YOU ARE DOUCHE-BAG. SUPPOSEDLY WHO DID OSAMA EL QAIDA GROUP SET BASIS IN SUDAN OR THE PLO WHEN THE BOUNDARY BETWEEN SAUDI, PALESTINE IS NOT PROXY TO SUDAN?
            THIS IS A MODERN WORLD AND THE MODE OF TRANSPORT IS NOT CAMEL. USE YOUR BRAIN YOU NUER BOY

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    • 27 February 2013 10:41, by Peter Mading

      Jallaby,
      Your NCP Government has facilitated the Malians rebells. Take as true report. French may not go to Sudan. Do not be afraid.

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      • 27 February 2013 18:21, by panchol

        Peter Mading M.
        You are right, but jalaby is trying to support his dead government of Bashir known as National Criminal People(NCP)

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  • 27 February 2013 06:20, by ForAll

    I wonder why Sudanese citizens from other regions were/are interested in SECURITY & SAFETY of Darfurians?
    They are many IDPs from Darfur and based on the rewritten Sudanese constitution first they must be helped but not the OUTSIDERS

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  • 27 February 2013 06:31, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Sudan is already an Islamic country they can welcome islamist terrorist to renewt terrorism in the country due to death of Al-Qaeda leaders.

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  • 27 February 2013 06:34, by ForAll

    Chadian president Idriss Deby is half Darfurian.
    I kindly request him not to forget his roots while his tribe is well known by the sacrifications for their brothers

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  • 27 February 2013 06:42, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Ali Karti wants France and western countries to make them attension to crash Darfurs rebelilion. That’s reasons making friendship with Laurant.

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  • 27 February 2013 06:59, by ForAll

    "Mali’s rebels hold the advantage in a ground war on desert plains.
    Islamist Tuareg fighters are masters of the hit-and-run guerilla tactics that suit conditions in the Sahara."
    Now they in Darfur: Are they going with JEM or SAF or Refuelers of tribal wars????

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    • 27 February 2013 08:33, by Joseph Canada

      Am very sure they are staying with the SAF Since all the SAF strong power is used up in every corner of the Sudanese Rebellions.
      May be their next move now is going to be back to Somalia or Yemen again, or they will now be lead by Joseph Konyi to destabilize R.S.S, DRC, and Uganda.

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  • 27 February 2013 08:44, by cbuongdit cholkua

    Yea, Jalaby you needs a break because you lack commonsense. Just accept the simple fact that, your govt welcome them as the same way that you hosted Osman Bin Laden in the 90s. And if not, do you know how many countries had he crossed before he came to Sudan? so the same way it is not difficult for the Malian rebels to passed those countries coming to Sudan. and why they did not go to any other—

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  • 27 February 2013 08:49, by 4Justice

    Let’s not be naive to the fact that the American, British and French inteligence agencies have all the intelligence on the movements of the Malian Jihadist. It’s now just a matter of whether they will do something about it or do absolutely nothing about it if it serves their geopolitical interests.

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  • 27 February 2013 09:05, by cbuongdit cholkua

    Country if Sudan was not one of their interest place to hide?. So if you are have Evil hearted person, you always short sighted to distinguish between the good and the bad.Therefore, that’s what landed Bin Laden in Ocean because he was Evil, Egocentric and a Selfcentered. Saying in Kiswhaili said "Mtoto ya nyoka ni nyoka" which means, snake is alawys snake it does’t matter it is a ababy snake or-

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  • 27 February 2013 09:09, by cbuongdit cholkua

    grown one, it still snake. So Malian rebels have that mentality of terrorising people because they have learned that in their bootcamps.

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  • 27 February 2013 09:15, by 4Justice

    I’m surprised by how fast the Karti guy got to France, like zeeeeeeee the next thing you know Karti is already in France.

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    • 27 February 2013 18:42, by Kalo

      This is very Funny,i wishes those terrorist will be brought to Nuba Mountains to fight for NCP and i assure you that we shall capture them alive to end the history.
      Kalo the son of truly Nuba.

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