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Sudanese army recaptures rebel-held area in S. Kordofan


January 1, 2014 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese army announced Tuesday the recapture of an area located in the eastern part of the Nuba Mountains but the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement –North (SPLM-N) said such operations aims to displace civilians from rebel areas.

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SPLM-N fighters hold up their rifles near Jebel Kwo village in the rebel-held territory of the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan, May 2, 2012. (photo Goran Tomasevic Reuters)

The Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) managed to retake Al-Ardiba where it captured "more than 30 armed vehicles, a large number of military hardware and ammunition, said a press statement issued in Khartoum.

The military communiqué further said this operation marks the end of the first phase of the "Decisive Summer" operation in the eastern parts of the Nuba mountains, adding that the army would continue its attacks in all axes against the rebel groups.

Early in this month of December, Sudanese president Omer Al-Bashir and other officials vowed to clear the Nuba mountains from the SPLM-N rebels and their allies of the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF).

In a speech delivered on Independence Day on Tuesday, Bashir hailed the recapture of Al-Ardiba from the SPLM-N fighters stressing that SAF operations are nor directed against the Nuba civilians in South Kordofan.

"They are the victims of war", he said.

He also called for a national mobilisation to support the efforts of South Kordofan government to provide the affected population with humanitarian assistance, and directed to establish a national fund for the state’s IDPs resettlement.

Thousands of South Kordofan civilians fed the conflict areas in the Nuba mountains and moved to other regions inside the country or to the neighbouring South Sudan, since the start of hostilities between the SPLA-N and Sudanese army in June 2011.

However, Khartoum refuses to allow aid groups to reach the affected civilians in the rebel held areas, urging the SPLM-N to negotiate a political agreement first .


Arnaud Lodi, SPLM-N spokesperson however minimised the attack saying that Al-Ardiba and surrounding areas had being recently bombarded on daily basis by the Sudanese army, pointing that Tuesday attack mainly aims to displace the civilians and burn cultivated fields before harvesting.

"The purpose of these attacks actually is to force civilians to move from their areas because they are seen as supportive to the SPLA fighters and feeding them", Lodi said when reached by Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

The further said that some 20,000 civilians recently left their villages as result of continued air raids.

The rebel spokesperson also described the military communiqué as “pure propaganda”, saying the area is inhabited by civilians and the rebel fighters have no real presence there.

Many of Al-Ardiba population fled the area after the intense bombardment by the Sudanese army, "so it was practically void when they entered" , he added.

Lodi added they closely monitor the movements of SAF troops and its militias in the region.

“We noticed their deployment of (SAF soldiers) in Khairasana” which located 30 north of Heglig, he said. They moved their troops several times from Talodi to Kaoda (headquarters of the SPLA-N) but every time we hit them and they return back to their bases”, he added.


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  • 1 January 08:47, by Konan

    Well done SAF, happy new year and God Bless You. Repels on both sides of Sudan should be reduced to ashes and uprooted.

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    • 1 January 12:53, by Oppressor

      lovely news let them die traitors.... well done Brave SAF

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    • 2 January 09:00, by Mayom County Boy

      i know sudanese president HE Bashir he is afighter that may not allow such athing to is country sudan
      let them die we need their deaths to be continous antill we get our meaning that we need .

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  • 1 January 12:48, by Jalaby

    SPLA-N are useless without south support!
    Tell me please how many time I predicted to you that the south will stop supporting SPLA-N very soon!!
    Read what I predicted you before about SPLA-N and turned out to be 100% correct, I also told you at that time,Machar is Kiir main concern now:

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    • 1 January 13:23, by sudani ana

      You keep saying this all the time; did I not predict this and that. What are you trying to prove? That you are the second Ngundeng? Or perhaps Ngundeng incarnated?

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      • 2 January 06:54, by Jalaby

        sudani ana,
        I thought you’re more clever my friend and you will understand it while "it’s flying" LOL but you missed my point!
        You know what "Data Mining" means that I always refer to when I talk about prediction? you know what is the difference between prediction and probability and when they become one?
        I’ll tell you more about Data Mining

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        • 2 January 07:06, by Jalaby

          "prediction" as that has become a great science of today which now is being studying in universities, it simply makes the machine "computer" predicts to us our business future based on the actuality of current situation and the fact of the previous situation and the likelihood of coming situation!
          This is going to be my next area of research in my PhD my friend!

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    • 1 January 14:43, by Wani khooto

      carry your useless Islamic country with u,we have no business any more with north sudan now and even before.worry less but defeating or winning a battle is not the end of war remember that boy?the are mobilizing and soon u will read a sad news.

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    • 1 January 17:37, by hellonearth

      i am sure that you have predicted that we will take all the areas that belong to South Sudan i.e Abyei, Hafr-Nias, Kefi-Kenji and most definitely Panthou after we are done with Kiir and his useless Dinka Government. eh Jalaby

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      • 2 January 07:14, by Jalaby

        Mr. HelloNorth,
        If you want to know about your future then you have to look back into your history, and history tells us that in order for any Nuer rebellion to be effective and then succeed then North (Arab/Jalaba) support and help are must!
        Unfortunately, Sudan decided not to support any part in this conflict and won’t point its gun to

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        • 2 January 07:21, by Jalaby

          any "Dinkaway" or "Nuerawy" and will help both of them through humanitarian aid only as we saw yesterday in the news when Sudanese plane landed in Juba airport carrying food (not weapons) and I’m sure they’re sending food to Nuer people also in Unity state who are caught in the middle!
          Unfortunately, Machar rebellion fate is failure without Khartoum support!

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  • 1 January 13:29, by sudani ana

    Anyway, well done SAF, you are one of the strongest armies in the region. Please don’t stop until all rebel controlled areas are liberated. The Nuba people have suffered a great deal as a result of this evil rebellion and they deserve to live in peace and prosperity. Next stop is Kauda.

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  • 1 January 16:06, by Oppressor

    Ignorant hater Wani khooto look at ur self hopeless stupid u will be used by Mousieni to kill ur brothers & he will loot south wealth same as Zaeer Kong sSudan is not i need of u coz we let u free with in a best condition but look what u did now u made urself a slave to Ugandans instead of being free hhaaaaaa !!!

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  • 2 January 07:22, by Konan

    Wani khooto,
    Should Machar win the fight and rule SS,which is not possible by any means, or got his own (Nuer) autonomous territory, which is quite predictable, in both cases he will be in need of us, i.e. SPLA/N will be history very soon. My friend if you are living in SS, instead of commenting on this forum try to find a hiding place before you get killed. LOL.

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