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Sudanese army recaptures rebel-held area in South Kordofan

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April 29, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) on Tuesday said it had recaptured the town of Abri in the Kuwalib mountain range in the middle of the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan state.

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Soldiers from Sudan’s army rest after gaining control of an area in the Blue Nile state capital, al-Damazin, on 5 September 2011 (Photo: Reuters)

SAF’s spokesperson, al-Sawarmi Khaled Saad, said in a press statement that Abri which is located 150 kilometers northeast of South Kordofan state capital, Kadugli links Kualib Mountains to Kauda, the stronghold of the rebel Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement/North (SPLM-N).

He pointed that SAF inflicted heavy losses in lives and equipment on the SPLM-N rebels, adding that they also liberated Serfaya village in the same area.

The statement accused the SPLM-N of denying residents the basic services and forcing them to join its ranks, saying that SAF lost several martyrs and wounded others.

It underscored that SAF will advance in all battlefronts until bringing rebellion to an end.

Earlier this month, Sudan’s defence minister, Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein, told the parliament that the decisive summer military campaign against the rebel SPLM-N in the Nuba Mountain has begun.

The spokesperson of the SPLM-N negotiating team, Mubarak Ardol, for his part denounced the attack on Abri, accusing the Sudanese army of displacing more than 20,000 people and destroying livelihoods including institutions and water wells.

He accused the government Rapid Support Forces (RSF) of carrying out the attack on Abri, saying it displaced more than 70,000 people and burned dozens of villages within two months in Rashad area in the Nuba Mountain besides torching more than 230 villages in Darfur.

On Saturday, the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) announced that it is deploying additional RSF troops to South Kordofan in order to end rebellion in the state.

The RSF militia, which is widely known as the Janjaweed militias, were originally mobilised by the Sudanese government to quell the insurgency that broke out in Sudan’s western region of Darfur in 2003.

The militia was activated and restructured again in August last year under the command of NISS to fight rebel groups in Darfur region, South Kordofan and Blue Nile states following joint attacks by Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) rebels in North and South Kordofan in April 2013.

Ardol further said the attack comes in a time when the SPLM-N delegation is engaged in peace talks with the government in Addis Ababa, emphasising it reveals the true intentions of the regime and the contradiction between its words and deeds.

However, Sudan’s lead negotiator, Ibrahim Ghandour, said in a press release on Tuesday that the SPLM-N continued to reject the government’s repeated calls for agreement on a comprehensive ceasefire, saying SAF managed to liberate innocent residents in Abri from SPLM-N’s injustice.

He denounced Ardol’s comments on the attack on Abri, saying the SPLM-N attacked Abu-Kershola and Um Rawaba and killed innocent civilians and burned houses while the third round of peace talks was underway in April 2013.

Ghandour underscored that the only alternative is to achieve immediate and comprehensive ceasefire in order to stop the war and end suffering of the innocent civilians, accusing the SPLM-N of rejecting the move in order to serve its political agenda, military alliances, and foreign links.

The South Kordofan conflict erupted in 2011 when Sudan attempted to forcibly disarm SPLM-N fighters it accuses of being backed by their brother-in-arms in the South Sudanese army.

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  • 30 April 2014 08:50, by Kalo

    No problem,fighting is just like foot ball,my message to Swarmi,your militants will again run like what happened to them in Toroji,Abri is red line to SAF,just wait,you cannot force us to sign agreement while attacking us.

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    • 30 April 2014 10:07, by Bentiu son

      Job well done ya SAF for chased out those vision less, mission less,valueless,hired mercenaries of Salva Kiir,n terrorist movements led by communists elites Yasar Arman,Gibril Ibrihim,Adam Hilu and Malik Agaar.It is clear that yoiu are just a bunch of mercenaries who left their course in Sudan by meedling into our affairs shamefully. Well,let SAF deal with u while we deal with Salva’s militias

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      • 30 April 2014 13:17, by Kalo

        Son of Bitch not Bentiu,i know you are begging jalaby to help you but we don,t care,we will beat jalaby in Abri and turn against you in Bentiu if you feel like,we have already killed some Nuer militants in Abri,remember you are our neighbor,we will get you at any time and no one in South Sudan will recuse you,even jalaby,thy are just playing game with you.

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  • 30 April 2014 09:33, by Jalaby

    What a great news!!
    By capturing Abri city now Kauda city, the strongest SPLA-N held city has become under SAF missiles and fire and much closer than any other time, Kauda is now dead city to SPLA-N and has become under SAF siege!
    Beautiful Kauda city will soon be cleared from the dirty and rot hands of SPLA-N and be back to the homeland!

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    • 30 April 2014 09:42, by Jalaby

      Beautiful Kauda city which is known to have the most natural picturesque charming among Sudan cities!
      Our lovely bride city, we’re coming to salvage you from the evil, we’re coming our lovely bride!

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      • 30 April 2014 09:55, by Jalaby

        Kauda is under heavy SAF missiles(WS-01) now and SAF is tightening the siege! SPLA-N are calling SPLA for help but SPLA themselves under great catastrophe and are calling for help themselves and hiring mercenaries!

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    • 30 April 2014 13:38, by Kalo

      Jalaby it was too early to celebrate,those militants have just come to lot and burnt the villages,just wait and get the the result,Abri and Kauda not different from Toroji and Jau,warplanes and missiles will never scare the mighty Nuba Fighters.

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  • 30 April 2014 14:15, by Jalaby

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