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EXCLUSIVE: Sudanese rebel commander scoffs at reports of his death

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April 30, 2013 (LONDON) - Abdel Aziz Adam El-Hilu, the General Chief of Staff of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) denied on Tuesday reports that he has been killed by the Sudanese military following the rebel alliance’s attack on Um Rawaba town in Northern Kordofan state on April 27.

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General Chief of Staff of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) and Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) deputy chairman Abdel Aziz Adam El-Hilu (Reuters)

“I am alive. Nothing has happened to me", he told Sudan Tribune in an exclusive interview via phone on Tuesday from an undisclosed location.

"The Sudan Armed Forces know where we are and we know where they are”, he said before adding that wishing on the part of Khartoum that he was dead would not mean he would "vanish into the thin air".

This is El-Hilu’s first interview with a news outlet since the SRF’s weekend attack amid intense speculations about his fate and whereabouts.

While other rebel officials dismissed reports of his demise, they declined to offer specifics on his location or address rumors that he might have been seriously injured.

On Monday the Sudanese minister of information Ahmed Bilal Osman claimed that el-Hilu was likely killed by a rocket that targeted a convoy of six vehicles he was in during SRF’s recent offensive in North and South Kordofan.

El-Hilu said that the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) in Sudan was trying to stir anxiety among Sudanese people and discourage them from supporting the SRF rebel alliance.

STRATEGIC COORDINATION

The alliance - which consists of el-Hilu’s Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) and the three main Darfur rebel groups - was increasing its strategic coordination, the rebel leader said.

"We sit down and discuss our plans together before going for implementation. We have now finished with coordination phases. We will now draw strategies relating to operations because we have now seen that we are all fighting for regime change”, he said.

The rebel groups that constitute the alliance - SPLM-N, Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), and the Sudan Liberation Army factions of both Minni Minawi and Abdul Wahid Mohamed Nur - are increasingly referring to themselves as the SRF rather than their original groups, a trend that has permeated the government’s own statements in recent weeks.

El-Hilu said that SRF had drawn up “clear strategic plans” on “joint operations” to deal with the Sudanese military, saying it was just a matter of time before the regime in Khartoum falls.

The attack on Um Rawaba, just 100km from Northern Kordofan’s state capital, El Obeid, is marked change from the previous dynamics of the conflict. Until Saturday’s assault - with the notable exception of the JEM’s surpise attack on Sudan’s capital in 2008 - the fighting has been limited to the Darfur region, Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

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Saturday’s surprise offensive occurred only 500km south of the capital Khartoum with rebels reportedly utilising hundreds of vehicles and killing nine policemen, including a lieutenant, before withdrawing later in the afternoon.

The assault drew strong condemnation from regional organisations including the African Union, Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Officials in Khartoum assert that the assault was carried out to strengthen the rebels’ negotiating position in the wake of the recent round of talks between Khartoum and the SPLM-N in Addis Ababa which has failed to yield any breakthrough.

Sudan has called on the international community to press the rebels into an immediate ceasefire.

The rebel alliance had not been carrying out joint operations until now, El Hilu, said was "because the first phase after coming together was to gather trust and get to know each and check capabilities of the other.”

El-Hilu expressed confidence that the alliance could bring change to Sudan, explaining that their objective was to increase their span of operation by intensifying mobilisation in areas of Sudan not already under their control.

“Our objective now is to expand our frontlines into Khartoum. We are capable of doing that because we will be carrying a strategic operation to overstretch the forces of our enemy," he said.

"We catch the tail in one area and move to the other side by launching coordinated and well organised operation. It is just a matter of time before Khartoum falls”, al-Hilu added.

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  • 1 May 2013 04:46, by Akol Liai Mager

    May God bless El-Hilu, Amen. Khartoum based NIF Racist Leaders need to be reminded that Rights and Truth do not disappear with the killing of a leader otherwise, they would have disappeared after the killing of Tokmac Deng, Deng Nhial, Yusuf Kwao and Dr Garang. A wish for bad things happening to others often comes the wisher’s way so be careful

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    • 1 May 2013 08:33, by omoni jr.

      SPLA/M OYEEE
      SPLM/A OYEEEEEEEEEEEEE
      SRF OYEEEEEEEEEEE.

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      • 1 May 2013 09:15, by julia

        omoni Jr.
        Do nyamnyam know the meaning of liberation? Lick ur ashole foolish nyamnyam. Nuer food lovers any Nyamnyam, will face it rough once we vote out this visionless, drunkard, semi-illiterate cowboy kiir kuethpiny mayardit. David YY and Dr. Majak de Agoot re on the way to presidency. Kick kiir out without any fear sons of Upper Nile.

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        • 2 May 2013 14:30, by Wunditda

          Julia -------
          Please stop your prostitution here on this link. FOOLISH PROSTITUTE.

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    • 2 May 2013 14:20, by Kedo

      Don’t talk politics. See how a South Sudanese poor woman became a millionaire by buying and selling accidented cars, Very interesting. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) to see the various methods and companies she used (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM). A simple idea but it paid off. WAKE UP AFRICANS, don’t waste your time because life is too short

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  • 1 May 2013 06:02, by Panthou

    Jalaby, oppressor n master! Are you reading this breaking news or no? To Jalaby copy and paste his picture again in your dirty comments. I know you become a graphic designer here. This man was born to free those who are under oppressorer in Sudan. May almighty heavenly father bless Mr. Abdel-Aziz Adam!

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    • 2 May 2013 14:20, by Kedo

      Don’t talk politics. See how a South Sudanese poor woman became a millionaire by buying and selling accidented cars, Very interesting. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) to see the various methods and companies she used (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM). A simple idea but it paid off. WAKE UP AFRICANS, don’t waste your time because life is too short

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  • 1 May 2013 06:48, by RUWENG BIEMNOM

    This is what I said in my previous comment of yesterday when I read the message saying that Mr.Hilu was dead.I know that Arabs including those who are living in the north are all liars. I definitely know that all arabs will be begging the South and Nubian people for living in the future.
    By RUWENG BIEMNOM.

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    • 2 May 2013 14:21, by Kedo

      Don’t talk politics. See how a South Sudanese poor woman became a millionaire by buying and selling accidented cars, Very interesting. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) to see the various methods and companies she used (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM). A simple idea but it paid off. WAKE UP AFRICANS, don’t waste your time because life is too short

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  • 1 May 2013 06:52, by trinitri

    haha what a surprise!

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    • 1 May 2013 07:54, by julia

      hahahaha.
      fake Arab ven,t u how fool u re! U re coming to the level to branded the name senior liars.
      This is how u ve been blind fooling s.sudanese who were residing in khartoum during black days of civil bt s-N. They became a problem now in s.sudan. Talking alot but no work done out of that huge talk. I hate Arab even black turn arabanise.

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      • 2 May 2013 14:22, by Kedo

        Don’t talk politics. See how a South Sudanese poor woman became a millionaire by buying and selling accidented cars, Very interesting. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) to see the various methods and companies she used (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM). A simple idea but it paid off. WAKE UP AFRICANS, don’t waste your time because life is too short

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  • 1 May 2013 09:35, by panchol

    Julia
    You are right because those arabised South Sudanese are here with us in police, prisons, Fire-brigate & wild-life with very abusive language in their tongues with great assumption of qualifications in their naughty Arabic which is not longer a language of instructions.

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    • 1 May 2013 14:10, by Kalo

      The lairs have got short legs,alHilu proves to the NCP thugs that they were useless have nothing to convince to the audience after were defeated in South,North Kordofan and white nile states,you better show the white flag before facing you in Khartoum.
      By Kalo the song of Nuba

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  • 1 May 2013 10:58, by steven

    The situation is very tense and hopefully it will normalize soon, so that the security of all the people is not jeopardized.

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    • 1 May 2013 11:24, by Garang Ayiik

      SPLM-N are fought the just war and God must save them to their specific aim.

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  • 1 May 2013 12:36, by Jalaby

    Nevertheless, as I said before, criminal Al-Hilu has chosen the death road and sooner or later he will be gunned down and he will drink from the same cup of death that he used to drink it to others!!
    Just simple question to this criminal Al-Hilu, why Malik Aggar never assassinated anyone in Blue Nile as you did? why he never abducted any foreign workers as you did?

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    • 1 May 2013 12:44, by Jalaby

      why he never shelled Al-Damazeen randomly and killed many infants,elders,women, etc as you do in Kaduagly? he does care about his Blue Nile people and you don’t?
      Criminal Al-Hilu,you use to kill Nuba mountain people randomly because you’re not Nuba but Masalit and you don’t belong to them that’s why you kill them everyday you fucking asshole (YA WAD ASHARMOOTA)!

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      • 1 May 2013 14:16, by Marco A. Wek

        Jalabi, no one chooses death but as a nature of all living things of which human beings are inclusive, death is always not avoideable . Remember if all prophets could die and so will you, me and of course Al Hilu but wishing someone death or saying someone has choosen death childish or stupidity.

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      • 1 May 2013 20:12, by Kalo

        Stupid jalab1!!!!don,t miss up and bring the tribalism,alHilu did not killed the Nuba people nor any civilians,it is NCP regime killed using war planes,you can witness no civilian was killed in Umrawaba and they were all Arabs,why not killed them if we are discriminated like you Arabs,shut up and just wait and see,alta continua
        Kalo the son of Nuba

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    • 2 May 2013 14:25, by Kedo

      Don’t talk politics. See how a South Sudanese poor woman became a millionaire by buying and selling accidented cars, Very interesting. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) to see the various methods and companies she used (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM). A simple idea but it paid off. WAKE UP AFRICANS, don’t waste your time because life is too short

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  • 1 May 2013 13:28, by kimo

    soon or later they will hunt you,al hilu is labeled dead after killing innocents in ummrowaba and abu karshoola

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  • 1 May 2013 16:04, by Kenyang

    Jalabi,
    El-Hilu may actually die today, but that wouldn’t spell end of armed rebellion. Remember almost every top armed members of SPLA including Cdr. Yusuf Kwu whom El-Hilu replaced all died or killed but still there is no change in equation. Honest reconciliation and peace talk for all is way forwards.

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  • 2 May 2013 07:45, by sammartin

    Again we are manipulated by false information.

    officiel sextoy, la référence du gadget sexuel

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  • 2 May 2013 14:26, by Kedo

    Don’t talk politics. See how a South Sudanese poor woman became a millionaire by buying and selling accidented cars, Very interesting. Go to (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM) to see the various methods and companies she used (ACCIDENTEDCARS.COM). A simple idea but it paid off. WAKE UP AFRICANS, don’t waste your time because life is too short

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