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Bashir declares “liberation” of Kurmuk, threatens South Sudan


November 6, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese president Omer Al-Bashir on Sunday warned that his country was running out of patience in the face of “continued provocations” by South Sudan, saying that Khartoum is ready to return to war.

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Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir speaks during a signing ceremony to issue 50 gold licenses in Khartoum October 30, 2011 (REUTERS PICTURES)

Recrimination has recently returned to dominate the relations between Sudan and South Sudan after a short hiatus of superficial rapprochement that saw the southern president Salva Kiir visiting Khartoum last month and the two sides pledging to resume stalled talks over post-secession issues.

The Sudanese government on Saturday lodged a complaint with the UN Security Council accusing the south of supporting rebel groups in the country’s border states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

According to Khartoum’s complaint, Juba has provided military support to its erstwhile allies in the two states and allowed rebel groups from Sudan’s western region of Darfur to pass through South Sudan’s territories.

This was the second complaint Sudan filed against its former war foes this year. Juba repeatedly denied the charges and recently reiterated accusations that Khartoum is supporting southern rebels who recently intensified activities in the south’s border state of unity.

Addressing a rally on Sunday in Al-Damazin town, the state capital of the Blue Nile State, president Al-Bashir declared that Khartoum was ready to go to war with the south should the latter fire the first shot.

The Sudanese president also claimed that his country was in possession of evidences indicating that the south was preparing to launch a war against the Sudanese Army (SAF), threatening that his country would respond in kind.

He further said that Khartoum had observed “too much patience and self-restraint” in the face of “continued provocations” by the southern army in Abyei and elsewhere.

Al-Bashir said that Khartoum was still keen on peace but if the south wanted war so be it.

“We tell our brothers in the south that if they want peace, we want peace. If they want war, our army is there,” Al-Bashir told the crowd, threatening to repeat what he termed as the lessons of Abyei, Kadugli and Al-Damazin.

“Our message to our brothers in the south is this: you won the south not because you were victorious but because of an agreement and a pledge we upheld, so you had better stay in your place,” he said.

Bashir declares “liberation” of Kurmuk

Prior to his speech in Al-Damazin, Al-Bashir arrived in the Blue Nile’s border town of Al-Kurmuk amid a tightly-knit security presence and in the company of the minister of defense Abdel Rahim Hussein and director-general of Sudan’s intelligence services Mohamed Atta.

Al-Kurmuk, which lies on the border with Ethiopia, was the main bastion of the rebels Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) led by Malik Aggar until SAF seized the town four days ago.

Al-Bashir performed the Eid Al-Adha prayer in Al-Kurmuk among dozens of soldiers of SAF’s 14th infantry division and later addressed army troops, ordering them to capture the SPLM-N’s chairman and former governor of Blue Nile, Malik Aggar.

Aggar was the SPLM-N’s elected governor of Blue Nile State until he was sacked by Al-Bashir following the eruption of the conflict in Blue Nile more than two months ago.

The Sudanese president declared the “liberation” of Al-Kurmuk and accused SPLM-N’s leaders of “treason.”

He further reaffirmed his rejection to any mediation by “Khawajat” (meaning Westerners in colloquial Arabic) and vowed that his army would continue to hunt down the rebels.

Al-Bashir finally declared that Al-Kurmuk was now “liberated” and ordered SAF to deploy in border areas and secure them, saying that Al-Kurmuk would not be the end.


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  • 7 November 2011 08:16, by Madina Tonj

    Hoping for another war with South Sudan would mean that, the Khartoum government will fall by all mean try that and you guys will see it this is not a joke. If it was very difficult to defeated the rebels SPLA for 21 years then, this time is not going to be easy thing for Khartoum. Southerners Sudanese are very well known for war skill and the second war could be worsen on the Khartoum side

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    • 7 November 2011 08:25, by twins

      Oh oh, big man calm down. South do not want the war you’re talking about becuase it got its own problem within. But if you invade, well then it may try to protect itself. That should not be the solution though. NO WAR. TAKE OUR ABYEI IF THAT’S THE PROBLEM.

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      • 7 November 2011 13:16, by Gabriel KK

        Twin is an arab who is pretending to be a south sudanese. whatever khartoum want will just finish within hours and all arabs will regret. we don’t want war and if arabs are not satisfied with war then we are ready to protect our country.

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        • 7 November 2011 19:40, by twins

          Gabriel KK

          I am a South Sudanese who doesn’t want the consequences of war that Albeshir is talking about. There is a saying that say "Stay out of the kitchen if you can’t stand the heat." If South cannot affort the war, let it not provok Arab and let North take Abyei for now. I believe North would never defeat South if Southerners have a strong govmt.

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      • 7 November 2011 14:31, by unity state boy

        The war that BASHIR declares to us not because of rebel is because of Abyei but Bashir will not get Abyei again,even thought is threaten the south sudan by war is not big deal is matter fighting of two side, we are fought with in 21 years and we did not give up that why we get our independent in July with out fighting there will be no peace ,peace come after war.
        Shame on u Bashir""’’

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    • 7 November 2011 08:27, by Master

      “Our message to our brothers in the south is this: you won the south not because you were victorious but because of an agreement and a pledge we upheld, so you better stay in your place” he is right.

      SPLA is only a gurella army. It can not beat Sudan in a conventional war. They do not have the logestic or strategic know how. All they know is fire and retreat. SPLM have NEVER held a city.

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      • 7 November 2011 08:59, by tiger

        Mr. master, you would have gets convinced by the first commentator that, if it was hard to defeat south during 21 civil war when even they were supported by the then Arab world leaders, do you think it is easy now? we are the one who always been patience through a series of provocations and Arabs muslim do not want to know. therefore let us try who is who, and then rate ourselves.

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        • 8 November 2011 09:45, by ulla 007

          the Arabs Traders in Sudan are lost and confusion now ,they don’t have anything rather than waging war against south Sudan,other African tribes in north but as see now our SPLA/M are busy sucking the honey in the south and forgotten services delivery,security of our people, that’s the problem, one day the SAF will move toward us if we r sleeping plse led us open our eye

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      • 7 November 2011 13:27, by Sir Bleak

        You son of Demonic Monster!! Not Master, you are right to say that, because the logistic or strategic know how that you have, which is the use of chemical weapon is not the SPLA mean of wining the war as you the coward resorted to after failing to win the real battle.

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      • 8 November 2011 08:40, by goyuom

        Master, let me assure you that Nato is in red sea waiting for who over will mis behave like Gadaffi of Libyia and machar assaft of Syria, so let Bashir take care not to make a mistake

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    • 7 November 2011 09:06, by Nuerone Mafitabu

      every time your people are defected from you.make sure what happen in libya will happen to you.
      Keep us the south sudan away from your own problem.
      This is a different country,be alone there with your rebels musilims, we are christians.

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    • 7 November 2011 09:53, by Kur William

      You mad wild dog you just still believing in the modalities controtation between SAF and SPLA during the war time,my friend you need know that this war is going to be country VS country that a country can use whatever they have to defend themselve including airforce is going to be one of thing at this time try, William kur live in Malou

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      • 7 November 2011 10:51, by Northern Sudanese

        Kur William it is true that it will be country vs country but the North has better equipment and i don’t think the west will do something than just speaking out!!!!!!!!! there will be no southerners who could escape to khartoum we just go,occupy juba and win the war as easy as that and every 3 days capture a town till SPLM escape to Uganada or Kenya!!!!!!!!!

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        • 7 November 2011 11:15, by pabaak

          Northern Sudanese, even though your uncle brought chemical weapons from Libya or any part of yours world, these are used long time in South Sudan and now in New South Sudan, and Darfur but does not stop the will of the people to march for their freedom. Continue of preaching that language that we will scape, what I know is you who will scape to follow your foot steps where your first came from.

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    • 7 November 2011 10:59, by pabaak

      This most wanted man is thirsty of Wars, may be he felt the end of his reign is approaching very fast. let him play with the fire. The man must be the second mad dog in planet. did he think that he will reoccupy south Sudan like what he did to abyei without fight? millions of South Sudanese will answer it if he tried.

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      • 7 November 2011 13:08, by Northern Sudanese

        Pabaak, south sudanese won’t have time to defend there country even worse, would they know how to use a gun?????

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        • 7 November 2011 13:44, by Sir Bleak

          Mr.Northerner, If South Sudanese don’t know how to use gun, why did it took 21 years for Khartoum? They know how to use all sort of weapons except chemical weapons, which is the act of criminals like you Northerners.

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        • 7 November 2011 14:13, by pabaak

          North Sudanese, you can’t talk of South Sudan, even SPLM-N you can not defeat them leave alone us, mighty worriers of Nubian Kingdoms, you know in history very well the kingdom of Tierukka, and Napata, they have great history but you destroy it hoping that the world will not uncovered the truths, but archaeologists are now becoming interesting to uncover the lost great civilization on the earth.

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        • 8 November 2011 08:23, by goyuom

          North Sudanese or what over you call your self, can you understand that, during previose fight there was no direct fight between SAF and SPLA.so south was fighting it self but this time will be different if we as Southerness response to that studid decision made by Bashir.other Bashir will be taken to ICC soon

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    • 7 November 2011 11:26, by SSLA supporter

      South Sudan is an infant country which is preoccupied with varieties of dilemmas such as bad governance symbolised by incompetent cliques in SPLA/M syndicate, corruption, nepotism, recession, inflation, rebellions, lack of delivery of basic service, lack of diplomacy represented by proxy wars in Republic of Sudan by pro-SPLA militias. No! we really need a regime change in the SPLA/M corrupted RoS

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    • 7 November 2011 11:53, by SSLA supporter

      What the logic behind keeping that ridicules name known as SPLA/M after the country has been split into two separate entities namely the Republic of Sudan and RoSS?

      I condone war between Sudan and SPLA/M to make the SPLA/M come to realisation that she didn’t win the independency of RoSS by war but through peaceful means and with the full consensus of Sudan, an Ethiopian-Eritrean example.

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    • 8 November 2011 05:51, by mathem jech amer

      Madina Tonj

      Do you think what Bashir is saying is not true? Bashir is absolutely right, he knows nobody can face him in the south unless new courageuos leaders are re-install.

      The presence leadwers can not ptotech South Sudan from its enemy, they captured Abyei, they occupied areas bordeing Blue Nile, Nuba mountains but they keep just complaining to international community.D

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  • 7 November 2011 09:13, by khan junior

    Mr.Bashir must know that blood is not the most option for liberals.like it or not peace must have it way as a complementary to every things in live.

    So we peace lovers we say "NO WAR AT ALL" what can you opts next?

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    • 7 November 2011 10:06, by Xeno

      Basheir is now the only living mad dog of africa....I think the iraq invasion of Kwati is vivid in his mind lest, he is foolish to act the way he is acting these days.

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  • 7 November 2011 10:38, by Northern Sudanese

    oh Bashir i am so proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you are a hero whatever they say!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 7 November 2011 15:31, by mon-mandhal

      This is the worse part of Arab,they are suporting Bashir they way the suported Sadam Hassin,Ghadafi,but let me assure u that your man with this invition of war ,he will be the thrid man to follow,s dictors in a shamfull death.
      mark my words.

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  • 7 November 2011 13:24, by Bauer

    Northern Sudanese, of all the people who have said something here, yours is all BULL SHIT!!! You don’t know what it means to be in the face of war and even am sure you have never heard the sound of a bullet. Stop celebrating for SAF because they will be losers this time, the army of the ROSS will also use antonov’s like your cheap soldiers and we see who will shout stop it first. ROSS thumbs up!!

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    • 7 November 2011 15:55, by Northern Sudanese

      Bauer calm down man i only support bashir when it’s something against the south and i am a 100% sure that you support salva kiir only when it’s about something against the North.
      Dear southerners, our grandfathers died for this nation and you just divided it for the west???????????? even Garang wanted unity, it is better to kill each other instead of dividing the nation!!!!!!!!!!

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      • 8 November 2011 04:16, by Wad alnas

        To Mr,Northern Sudanese, How can you said your grandfather died for this nation when you personally supported the killing of each other or war against the south and if there was a good relationship in the first place then there would be no separation, But because of people like you running the country and that is why we always gonna have a war in Sudan.whether southerns alone or Northerners.

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  • 7 November 2011 14:45, by Lokeji

    there is a need for the civillians in RSS to prepare themselves well for the coming northern invasion.Bcoz the SPLA/M government is busy in dealing with opposition parties,women, alcohol and money.The NPC and SPLM are the two sides of the same coin,they don’t fear anything in this world but only he who wants to remove them from power and money.both SPLA and SAF are there to protect their interest

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  • 7 November 2011 15:00, by Lokeji

    Bashir will not wage war with the southerners but he was only making missed-call to his brother in corruption Silva Kiir in regards to the oil transit fee($32)bcoz some days back the most unwanted southerner Mr pagan amum issued a very precise statement about that,that they have not reach any deal.but the economical situation in the north is against time,we don’t know what is the future hiding.

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  • 7 November 2011 15:26, by Guandong

    I thing Bashir was right to declare war against ss, b/s we are not together, if we were together Bashir would have no sense to say.
    let us not forget that (one day, one time ) Bashir will fight us.
    It’s therefore we must come together and forget the past events and start reconcialation with our rebels. Thanks

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    • 7 November 2011 15:54, by mon-mandhal

      Dit Bashir foreget,the lesson we taught him in Mayom county i thing he is ! let him try $ he will see it end.

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  • 7 November 2011 15:57, by Northern Sudanese

    it sounds funny but the situation in sudan is like a game!!!!!!!! North vs South

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    • 7 November 2011 17:16, by eye-of-an-eye

      Look at this mad dog(Bashir) who always like to threaten the South Sudan, please let me tell you, we are controlling our hearts because of international laws and sympathizing on human life, otherwise I will break this site privacy when I should mention on what I should comment about you, Bashir your the wrong/evil Muslim ever. we are going to end up with you soon.

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  • 7 November 2011 17:08, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Omar Bashir is completely right because if there is no anyone dealing with him in the South Sudan then he can tell whatever he wanted to say. I don’t think weather the Southern Sudanese ministers will accept to go to war since money is introduced to the South. On my side, I also wanted Omar Bashir to liberate the Juba, Wau,Bentiu,Malakal and so forth.

    By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam

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    • 7 November 2011 19:00, by pabaak

      Augustino Deng you’re odd in this forum, unless you are one of those renegades fighting along side NIF regime in Khartoum, otherwise there no reason of trashing words, bashing, not every one like Salva policies but he has to owe respect for two things, one, he is an elected head of state, and secondly he is a patriot like any other South Sudanese who fought two wars in Anynya one and SPLM/A

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      • 7 November 2011 22:35, by AUGUSTINO DENG

        Mr Pabaak,
        If I getan atomic bomb,I should first bomb the South Sudan,and then later I go to the North. Second, I wanted to tell you that I never rebell in the SPLA.I was in the SPLA since 1987 when I was in Tharpam until today.Isupported the SPLA more than anybody else,but I don’t supported the wicked heart leaders who know how to count dollars and not to stand for the right of their citizens.

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  • 7 November 2011 17:24, by Michael Miyom Minyiel

    Why should you worry guys it is him Bashire to worry that is why now he is in the verge of declaring war to South Sudan.
    Does he think that we have sold our gallant forces to oil? no they are there to beat off any challenges being poised by any aggressors.
    SPLA is a mighty army organized to defend the south be it what will!
    How times did Kurmuk change hands and yet ours will be the final

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  • 7 November 2011 18:34, by Okach Philip-obang Ojway

    War is not the answer, but if Bashir wants to engage, then we’re ready to defend. The SAF is already stretched thin due to internal conflicts within Sudan. Battling SPLM-N, the JEM in Darfur, Nuba Mountains. If you want war, SPLA will coordinate a series of attacks with our brothers in the North and attack Khartoum from all angles. And by the way, a non-flight zone from our supporters in the West

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  • 8 November 2011 07:48, by BM Bol

    Bashir is being suicidal here especially if he starts to overreach beyond his boundaries. Try this time and your hands will be cut off.

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    • 8 November 2011 10:01, by ulla 007

      this criminal are not sleeping Mr Bol,but who will cut their hand if our army are not even ready to clear out militias and the citizens are not protected? even some of them didn’t want to lose when he/she is not satisfy.coz we in the south think our stomach rather than anything else.

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  • 9 November 2011 18:10, by Northern Sudanese


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