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May 31, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) rebels said Friday they downed a military helicopter near Abu Kershola where a Sudanese army top commander was on a visit to inspect the recently reclaimed area, but the army denied the rebel claims.

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Sudanese army chief-of-staff, Lieutenant General Ismat Abdel-Rahman (SUNA)

SRF spokesperson Abu El-Gassim Al-Haj said in a statement released today that the military plane had been downed in an attack carried by the SRF artillery forces army positions, adding that all the crew members were killed.

Gibril Adam, spokesman for the Darfur Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) told Reuters its fighters had attacked a government convoy carrying Sudan’s army chief of staff, Ismat Abdelrahman, just outside Abu Kershola.

"We managed to shoot down a helicopter and hit another one," Adam said, adding that nine people had been killed in fighting.

The Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) spokesperson, Al-Sawarmi Khaled, in Khartoum denied the rebel statements, and said the helicopter crashed due to technical failure during combing operations carried out by the army in Abu Kershola.

However, sources told Sudan Tribune that Sudanese army Chief of Staff narrowly escaped death when he visited the area’s frontlines. The shelling started on his convoy from rebels in mountains nearby prompting Sudanese troops to use tanks and helicopters to secure and evacuate the senior army official safely.

In the process a helicopter was shot down, the sources add.

Eyewitnesses speaking to Reuters and Agence France Presse (AFP) confirmed the incident.

A witness told Reuters heavy shooting broke out after rebels opened fire on the convoy carrying General Abdel-Rahman and the army had used tanks and a helicopter, which apparently was hit.

"I saw a helicopter in the air clouded in smoke," the witness said.

"During a visit by senior army officials, shots were fired at army positions in the town from the north, and the assailants exchanged fire with the army, who were using tanks," the witness told AFP under condition of anonymity.

He also said he had "seen smoke and flames coming out of a helicopter," and that after the incident, "the aircraft that transported the officials left the town".

Abu-Kershola which is located in north east of South Kordofan state and on the border with North Kordofan, had been seized by the rebel Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) fighters on 27 April, but SAF was able to recapture the town this week.

Earlier on Friday, Abu Kershola received a military delegation led by SAF chief-of-staff, Lieutenant General Ismat Abdel-Rahman to celebrate the recapture of the town from the rebels and to inspect the troops.

General Abdel-Rahman, who was accompanied by senior military officers to visit the area, has affirmed SAF’s determination to defeat the armed rebel groups and regain control over all Sudan’s territory.

In a speech to the troops hours before the attack on Friday, Abdel-Rahman said that the liberation of Abu-Kershola is a "message to the enemies of Islam and Sudan", stressing that SAF is "resolved to liberate every inch of the Sudan’s territory and cleanse the Nuba Mountains of rebels and mercenaries".

The Sudanese general was alluding to the SPLM-N rebels who control the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan state since June 2011. Recently the SPLM-N and its allied Darfur rebel groups established a joint command in Kauda, one of thetown in the troubled state.

Abdel-Rahman further praised the "heroic role" of SAF’s officers, and soldiers as well as the Mujahideen (holy fighters) of the Popular Defense Forces (PDF) and other regular forces.

The commander of SAF’s force which recaptured the town, Adel Ali Al-Kanani, for his part, said that the battle in Abu-Kershola stressed that "the enemy suffered a decisive defeat".

Following SAF’s recapture of Abu-Kershola, the SRF announced that it had decided to withdraw its fighters from Abu-Kershola due to the economic blockade imposed by the Sudanese army on the town since last April and its disastrous humanitarian impact on the civilians.

They further said that their operation was a positive test for their plans and future attacks aiming to extend the war into other regions in order to topple the regime.

The eastern South Kordofan town also received on Friday a convoy of humanitarian assistance from Um Ruwaba, a town in North Kordofan the rebels attacked before to seize Abu Kershola, to support the civilians who suffered the lack of food during the last weeks.

On the other hand a delegation composed of South Kordofan state officials visited people displaced from Abu Kershola in Al-Rahad town in North Kodofan.

The visiting delegation which was mainly composed of officials from the Nuba Mountains meant to alleviate their suffering after the "negative repercussions" of the attack on Abu Kershola said Omar Rahama Al-Nour director of Nida for Aid and Development, a Sudanese aid group.

The government accused the SPLM-N rebels from the Nuba Mountains of killing some traditional and local leaders in Abu Kershola during the past weeks when they controlled the area.

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  • 1 June 2013 07:41, by Chol

    Of-course the SAF spokesperson is going to deny the downing of the chopper by SRF fighters even though the French press confirmed the ongoing fighting in the area. To say the helicopter crashed by itself makes the denial even worse and very funny!

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  • 1 June 2013 07:56, by wunetiop

    denial denial denial! of course you never accept defeat. just keep on deceiving your dump population until they realise that you are a lyer. sudan army spokeman will never say the truth to the people of sudan. SRF will continue to thrive and win because they got the backing of their brothers in the south. get rid of those half brothers from sudan. they don’t belong here.

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  • 1 June 2013 08:28, by Mayom County Boy

    Crash or not crash it was downing by SRF Rebel .that is the way arab to be taught by south kordufan state rebel.we are proud of it .good news for downing of the shopper helicopiter of sudanese army.

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  • 1 June 2013 08:40, by Northern Sudanese

    they said it before without showing evidence, they said they shot down an antinov before without showing pictures, like you they said they shot down a mig 29 without showing pictures, rebel lie again they always lie and pussies like you southern insects believe every single letter they say because they give you the hope for the future :)

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    • 1 June 2013 09:10, by Nibs

      You’re extremely stupid, which pictures do you want when SAF spokeman have acknowledge the crash of the chopper? When i said you’re very illiterate you always prove me right.

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      • 1 June 2013 10:53, by Northern Sudanese

        Nibshit
        the spokesperson yesterday said it crashed due to technical reasons, not downed by rebels. read properly in other sources not your ST propaganda. illiterate? you can’t call me illiterate, your the illiterate dude and your landlocked shithole has the highest illiteracy rate in the world :)

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        • 1 June 2013 11:38, by Chol

          Northern Sudanese, why do your military aircrafts always crashed due to technical reasons in rebels held areas but not around Khartoum when they take-off?

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          • 1 June 2013 13:58, by Northern Sudanese

            according to the maps, there has never been a plane that fell in rebel held areas. not a single plane that they claimed have shot down has been proved, they only type without showing pictures. I remember when they said they would publish images of the downed antinov in their area, where is it?

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          • 1 June 2013 14:34, by Oppressor

            Chol the idiot why u don’t have any air craft & the only on has been use by Salvage Kirr & another one used by vision less Comrade Garang & killed him by Salvage Kirr too ???? so funny i think u don’t have TV ,other wise u could have seen Sudanese top military officer giving speech in Mesjid at 02:00PM but i bet u were Drank that Time haaa haaa.

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        • 1 June 2013 12:50, by zulu

          Nibs,
          You have proven your point and I may add by asking this stupid Nomad a philosophical question. Mr. Nomad, if a tree falls in the forest, does it make noise? In other words, one does not need to hear noise to proove a tree has fallen in the in the forest. Pictures are taken with a cameral In its abscence, there is no need to affirm nor deny the news

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          • 1 June 2013 14:01, by Northern Sudanese

            zulu
            we have just destroyed the entire US air force F 16’s yesterday, Pictures are taken with a cameral In its abscence, there is no need to affirm nor deny the news :) lol
            zulu, try to make sense next time.....

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        • 1 June 2013 18:01, by Nubian King

          Northern Terrorist,
          Grow up and just accept the fact that the chopper was downed by the mighty SRF. Why can’t it crash anywhere away from the operation area?????????????????, believe what Sawarmi says, then you’ll never smell the truth

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          • 1 June 2013 18:45, by Northern Sudanese

            hahahahah why would I accept a lie? they made the joke 3 times before without any evidence! why would I believe a lie? just show us your evidence and I will believe , if you shot it down, it shouldn’t of been a problem
            why are you using our name? nubians are from the far north of sudan our ancestors, you aren’t fit to hold that name you belong in the barbarian south :D

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          • 1 June 2013 19:47, by Oppressor
    • 1 June 2013 12:37, by South South

      Northern Sudanese,
      You see when I say you are very stupid man on the face of earth. Look what you said here: "the spokesperson yesterday said it crashed due to technical reasons"
      But look what you wrote up there. You are asking for the picture of the crash helicopter to believe the SRF claim. Oh my God, what a stupid man we have in this forum. SFR fuck fake Arabs very hard.

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      • 1 June 2013 13:11, by South South

        Northern Sudanese,
        Iam going very slowly with you as I said in the past that I will be very slow when dealing with you because your learning ability is very slow. Why always Sudanese plans crash due to technical reasons in the areas of SFR ? Is that big for you to understand it ? This is like 1 2 3. By the way, Iam a very smart man and I can help you to lift up your learning ability.

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        • 1 June 2013 14:12, by Northern Sudanese

          South Monkey
          yes you are so smart lol, I can see you have just learned how to count 1 , 2 , 3 lol of course you are a genius , have you memorized the alphabet kid? you have to go slowly because you don’t make sense most of the time :) rebels never shot down a plane, all the 3 planes that have fallen fell far away from rebel areas and rebels never proved their claims :) have your urine shower kid!

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          • 1 June 2013 16:19, by zulu

            NOMAD FOREIGNER,
            HOW ABOUT I CURSE YOU THAT YOU CRITICISE GOD’S CREATION, AND YOU WILL BEAR A CHILD THAT LOOKS LIKE A MONKEY. FOR GOD MADE MAN IN HIS IMAGE THAT NO ONE SHOULD MAKE FUN OF.
            I AM BLACK AND BEAUTIFUL IN THE EYES OF GOD.

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            • 1 June 2013 18:51, by Northern Sudanese

              zulu
              I don’t remember calling someone black? am light brown so also considered black.....

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              • 1 June 2013 19:03, by South South

                Northern Sudanese,
                Oh my God !!!! You are lying to your teeth. When did you find out you are black ?

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                • 1 June 2013 19:58, by Oppressor

                  South South & Chol & other splamn mighty fake fighters look what i promised you long time that you will see the dead rotten bodies of your traitors on TV & i bet u got the chance to see them well here // Respect to you Jallaby Brother thank let the them go to Hell "Al derk Al asfel fi Al naaar" ...

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                • 1 June 2013 19:59, by Northern Sudanese

                  South South
                  the real question is, when did I ever call myself white?

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      • 1 June 2013 14:06, by Northern Sudanese

        South Monkey
        awww your so cute and funny when you speak ,I hope next time Bashir decides to sent antinovs to bomb your butts you will be hit too :) you see I said that antinov fell due to technical reasons,SRF claim they shot it down, where is the evidence? any pictures of their soldiers? any video while the plane is falling? I hope yau yau fucks you up properly next time :) death to fake people

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        • 1 June 2013 21:19, by Nibs

          Northern illiterate,
          " Any videos while the plane is falling?" What is wrong with your IQ?! Do you think it’s Hollywood scene?! You expect SRF soldiers to film every shoot of a bullet! That was silliest question ever, even my younger brother in kindergarten will never ask such lunatic question.

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          • 2 June 2013 08:59, by Northern Sudanese

            Nibsshit
            even my baby cousin would understand my question if he was capable of reading, all I am asking for is evidence! where is the evidence, its very easy to just type and claim, I can claim that we shot down US raptor fighter jet, where is my evidence? its really that simple, if video , picture any evidence would be good. so if you really shot it down, it wouldn’t be a problem would it?

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          • 2 June 2013 09:03, by Northern Sudanese

            Nibshit
            + why is it a dumb question , am asking for evidence! it doesn’t have to be a hollywood scene to get recorded, even rebels in Syria take pictures and videos of the helicopters they shoot down. Nibshit, advertise your pussy somewhere else.....

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      • 1 June 2013 14:41, by Oppressor

        South South & Nibs , Zulu" you laymen still have the same attitude of Idiocy but what to do we can’t find any soultion to help u out other than Ignoring ur comment ya baleed

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        • 1 June 2013 15:25, by Northern Sudanese

          Oppressor
          hahaha yakhie hum kulahum bulada mutkhalefein :D

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          • 1 June 2013 15:43, by chol

            Speak English you Idiot.Nobody understand what you said here.

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            • 1 June 2013 18:52, by Northern Sudanese

              chol
              am not even speaking to you, am speaking with my northern brother in our own language. its called freedom of speech lol

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            • 1 June 2013 19:50, by Oppressor

              chol chol chol chol chol coooolllll dowwwwn yo are not Arab u are the so called food lover.... haaaa haaaa haaaaa

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  • 1 June 2013 09:11, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    I hope south sudanese website activist will themselvier distance their comments from that war. It is a war of using different artillary which south sudan do not have such a kind of weapons.

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  • 1 June 2013 09:19, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Better to Republic of South Sudan to give their independ to Blue Nile and South Kordufan and then to reunite the sudan and south sudan to become one nation. SRF it is strong government itself which enable to govern themselvies.

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  • 1 June 2013 09:50, by Akuma

    The shoting down of SAF helicopter carrying Chief of Staff shown SRF victory in recapturing Abu Kershola town again from SAF. So tell wait with development.
    Dr. Akumadit
    Chicago, USA

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    • 1 June 2013 14:51, by Oppressor

      Dr Do little "Akuma" from Chicago, USA being u should be more educated than others but any way Americans are the most ignorant in the world & u are so Pathetic.. haaaa

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  • 1 June 2013 15:27, by chol

    They rebels should kill that chief of staff but now he know very well its not save to visit the area.The rebels are still close to the town to recapture it from terrorist fake Arabs.I support SRF all the way to Khartoum.

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  • 1 June 2013 16:05, by Jalaby

    Terrorist SRF spokesperson Abu El-Gassim,
    HAHAHAHAH
    Any single warplane that fell down in S Kordofan regardless of the reason you terrorists claimed shooting down it! coward liars!
    Why you ran away from Abu Karshola like women?! you escaped and hid yourself to near by mountains and you coward started to shell the city?

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    • 1 June 2013 16:09, by Jalaby

      We’ll soon reach you there in the mountains and we know how to make you come out because rats can’t resist the cheese and we will follow you till Kauda city your last terror home and let us see where you will then hide your big butt you cowards, Kiir is so scared to offer you a safe haven again!

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      • 1 June 2013 16:13, by Jalaby

        see your rotten dead terrorists bodies in Abu Karshola, now they’re in hell after they slayed innocents civilians and killed elders and kids!

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        • 1 June 2013 16:19, by Jalaby
          • 1 June 2013 16:21, by Jalaby
            • 1 June 2013 17:50, by south sudan2011

              showing dead bodies pictures is not the end of liberation Arabs must leave Sudan in pieces whether they like or not goats shits. BRAVO SUDAN REVOLUTIONARY FRONT FOR WONDERFUL JOB OF KILLING SAF GEN CHIEF OF STAFF.
              MAY HIS SOUL FALL IN HELL.

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            • 1 June 2013 21:11, by Jalaby
              • 1 June 2013 23:42, by Chol

                That’s a very nice propaganda camera work for the audiences in Khartoum who know nothing about the war. But for ones whose love ones are killed; they cannot be fooled with these nice pictures!

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        • 1 June 2013 17:05, by william wieumadiak maruop

          I have seen the roteen dead terrorists bodies then what next,fake arabs.

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          • 1 June 2013 18:27, by Chol

            So you dug these pictures up in the graves and show them to the world that you know how to kill? That’s what cowards do; they believe; they would scare their enemies by showing the dead bodies they dug out of graves! How pathetic? What you cowards don’t know is; these pictures motivate fighters to fight even harder with no mercy!

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      • 1 June 2013 20:46, by Paul

        I still do not understand why Sudantribune.com would allow Jalaby to post such inappropriate and inhumane images on the website. One must have respect to the deceased even when it is an enemy’s body. Show maturity and restrain humans!

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  • 1 June 2013 16:25, by william wieumadiak maruop

    Fighting in Northern Sudan will not stop upto next year

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  • 1 June 2013 17:53, by Nubian King

    Esmat,
    this is the first warning. This is also a clear message that we’re just around and hence can blow your boys anytime. Better go back to where you came from coz am very certain that you’re not a SUDANESE but just an Egyptian leftover who’s risking his life to fill his stomach by embezzling Sudanese resources.

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  • 1 June 2013 21:29, by telfajbago

    To: Jallaby
    The Sudanese Revolutionary Front became stinking thorn in the ass of your regime and the photos you posted are cheer liars to deceive the public opinion but in vain. currently Abu Karshola is under tight seizure, and the fact that your Mams boy friend Bashir scared to do Friday prayers there speaks volumes about "so to be history of the genocide regime of Al-Bashir".....

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