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Janjaweed militia arrive in East Darfur capital

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February 22, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The commander of the rapid support forces which were stationed in North Kordofan state, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, has described his forces as “national” and “neutral”, saying they played important role in maintaining security and stability in Darfur.

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FILE - Soldiers in a miltary unit calling themselves variously the Border Intelligence Division, Second Reconnaisance Brigade, or the Quick and the Horrible, also believed to form part of the Janjaweed militia, walk around the weekly animal market in Mistiria in North Darfur, Sudan (AP)

He addressed a public crowd celebrating his forces’ arrival in the East Darfur state capital, El Daein, saying that rumours circulated by certain parties about his forces were unfair and meant to distort its image.

The commander of the 20th infantry division in El Daein, Yahiya Al-Sheikh, for his part said the arrival of the rapid support forces, also known as Janjaweed Arab militias, would enhance efforts made towards maintaining security and stability, adding they offered a rare example for sacrifice and tenacity.

Residents of North Kordofan state capital of El-Obeid said the presence of the rapid support forces have spread terror among citizens and asserted that authorities were unable to curb them.

Earlier this month, the rapid support forces were accused of looting commercial markets and killing of a merchant in El-Obeid leading to massive protests across the city.

The governor of North Kordofan state, Ahmed Haroun, announced at the time that his government made the necessary arrangements to drive the Janjaweed militias from the state within 72 hours.

The rapid support forces were originally mobilised by the Sudanese government to quell the insurgency that broke out in Sudan’s western region of Darfur in 2003.

That counter-insurgency campaign, which mainly targeted African ethnic groups on account of their affiliation to the insurgents, has led to the death of approximately 300,000 people and the displacement of more than 2.7 million, according to United Nation figures.

Haroun himself is one of the Sudanese officials wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes he allegedly masterminded in Darfur during his time as state minister for interior.

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  • 23 February 07:41, by J P Puok

    who cares since they (JEM) had lost focus and their objectives by indulging in activities of mercenaries in supposedly their brothers in South Sudan after they being misled by the current corrupt regime in Juba

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  • 23 February 08:39, by Jalaby

    I urge Janjaweed militia to go to CAR and defend their Muslims brothers over there and give a lesson to those terrorists who kill CAR Muslims every day for no reason other than just because they’re Muslims and burn their houses to ash!
    Give them a lesson that they should never forget, please go to CAR and help your brothers, they desperately need your help!

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  • 23 February 09:48, by Mohammed Ali 2

    They are not Janjaweed & they are not Arabs.They are Sudanese from different tribes of Sudan.Ahmed Haroun never called them Janjweed.They are part of the national army &under it’s command.If Sudan Tribune wants to continue with it’s relentless crussade againts Sudan ,through cheep propoganda, that is their business and that what they are paid for.It is bread & butter for them.

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    • 23 February 17:23, by chol

      Don’t deny the trust Mohammed.Fake Arabs are known for lying and even denied themselves.fake fake fake...

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    • 23 February 20:12, by Kushoku

      M A 2 . Look like u alot of news a bout these bunch of janjaweed gangs militia, we all know that after they failed in S K and driven away by SRF they ran seeking refuge at their former boss Haroun whose a well known criminal wanted by ICC, but when he ignored them they started causing havoc in NK by killing civilians and looting shops and raping women , ppl asked them governor to send them away ,

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      • 23 February 20:26, by Kushoku

        Surprisingly when Haroun asked them to leave them state refused sitting that they have to be paid first theier promised money ! We wonder what is that money is their salary or a contract money or what and how a regular army behave like ? Haroun told them their in khatruom they did beleived him, hey changed his story said not them money ready in N Darfur, they end up in E Darfur instead u why all

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        • 23 February 20:42, by Kushoku

          These alters in their story cuz first govt doesnt want to pay for a falture beside actually there’s not money left and more importantly not nobody willing to receive them in his state cuz simple fact is that they are not sudanese not a single one of them, u have to admit it ur brother J. suggests they should god to CAR sounds good idea if we can find someone willing to pay them like Ali Osman .

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    • 23 February 21:13, by Kalo

      To Mohammed Ali2,accept truth like my friend Jalaby,this people are not,from Chad,Niger,CAR,Mauritania etc,were defeated in the last battle of Toroji-Jau left over 400 dead if you feel like, i will send you photos,ran and end up in Elobied looting,killing and raping,where is SAF,see,from Radio Dabanga,Afya Darfur,tamazij not Ashoroq tv

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