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JEM rebels clash with Sudanese army near S. Kordofan oil fields


April 19, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — The rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) said on Thursday that its troops clashed with the Sudanese army around Kharasana, near the disputed Heglig region in South Kordofan.

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This photo of Sunday, April 15, 2012, shows a soldier from the Darfuri rebel group Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) at a South Sudanese position in Heglig, South Sudan. (AP Photo/Michael Onyiego)

JEM and the two main factions of Sudan Liberation Movement led by Abdel-Wahid Mohamed Nur (SLM-AW) and Minni Minnawi (SLM-MM) are part of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) formed last November with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N) which fights Khartoum in South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

The four rebel groups vowed publicly to topple Khartoum’s regime. However, the SLM-AW distanced itself from the fight over Heglig while the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) accuse JEM of taking part in the attack on its troops by the South Sudanese army.

In a statement released Thursday JEM military spokesperson, Badawi Mosa Al-Sakin, claimed they defeated the Sudanese troops in two positions in Kharsana near Heglig, South Kordofan.

The rebel official, said the attack comes in the framework of SRF policy to dispossess Khartoum of oil revenue. He disclosed that two Darfuri small groups, SLM-Unity and a splinter faction of the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) participated in the attack.

The two groups are not part of the SRF but coordinating with JEM. On 13 April, an LJM splinter faction signed a merger pact with JEM. The deal was inked by Ahmed Hussein Adam, foreign relations secretary and Sayed Charif Jarel Nabi, acting leader of the LJM breakaway group.

The Sudanese army did not react to the statement.

South Sudan is under huge international pressure to withdraw its troops from Heglig, in a bid to contain the conflict and push Khartoum and Juba to negotiate a peaceful settlement to their divergences.

Some observers believe the rebel groups might seek to control areas the South Sudanese troops might withdraw from. However, Khartoum says it would not stop its forces at the border if oil installations are damaged by the attackers.


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  • 20 April 2012 09:37, by Thomas Ader

    Thank JEM, teach them a lession that they will not forget. they have been dividing us many times and they do not have army to fight. we have been fighting ourselves all long but now it is our turn to divide them. go further in side sudan you hear sound of screaming in Khartoum.

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    • 20 April 2012 10:02, by Joseph Makuer

      We’re awaiting to witness the fall of the most wanted criminal Omar al-Bashir and his defend minister Abdelrahim Muhammed Hussein. Both must be caught alive and handed to ICC. That might not be true, this article was made to draw attention to the world that, the government of Sudan is fighting many rebels group. SPLA is the only people at the border. You just to agree to the fact that you can’t wi

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      • 20 April 2012 10:30, by Thomas Ader

        Brothers when writing stick on what has been brought up, I know that we know what is going on in the ground. let us said it is the JEM and SPLA-N would sound better but we need Khartoum regime to fall.

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      • 20 April 2012 10:35, by Chok Deng

        Bravo JEM do your brothers.SAF fear of you like nothing,they don’t fight when they hear JEM is coming.Discipline them.

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      • 20 April 2012 12:22, by SUPERMAN

        Al-Bashir who u have branded as a criminal is wroking day by night to serve his people , in the time that the real criminal Slava Kiir and othe leaders of SPLA gang are not making any thing to help their poor people in south Sudan.

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      • 20 April 2012 13:18, by Thiang Geka

        Heglig is not S Kordufan’s oil field, JEM or SRF had/has reported it wrongly.

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  • 20 April 2012 10:22, by Ruach

    Khartoum is a noiy neghbour.What a neighbour!!

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  • 20 April 2012 10:24, by Luke

    President Kiir’s one word is enough "i am not withdrawing SPLA from Heglig nor Kassana". UN and AU must fulfill the conditions before withdrawal from Kelek and not from Kassana and Heglig. AU and UN should insist siding with Khartoum, these areas are for S. Sudan

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    • 20 April 2012 12:09, by John mamer

      Iam mad and angry at ban ki moon position SPLA responded to Air and Ground attack in south sudan with intention of connecting oil well to pipe line in north illegally yet this south korean does not listen.

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  • 20 April 2012 12:13, by Emmanuel Ajang Solomon

    JEM. OYEE,God is great you will reached the final destination in Khartoum, but take care not to start fighting amongest yourselves as I am 100% sure of that.

    Khartoum is trying to include you in the war with South Sudan in Panthou which is a total lie as we all knew again let me try to remind you again not to startfighting your self when you reached Khartoum.
    Victory is certain to all of you.

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    • 20 April 2012 14:09, by Peacocktail

      Let JEM and All SRF forces take advantage of this, when your brother is in fire, that is also relief of the problem from your garder. SRF should not continued to engage SAF and take control of Kadugli

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      • 20 April 2012 18:12, by Dinkawarrior

        I doubted where the Dinka Cowboy is with his Vice President and the Defend minister? Juba must stop drinking too much alcohols as well as stop chasing widows, the must defend the country and brief its citizens for the current situation? Medias shouldn’t only be used as the sources providers but as a tailback through leaders’ ideas!

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        • 20 April 2012 19:58, by Dinkawarrior

          The SPLA Commander in charge of Panthou gets annoyed about the lies distributed by the Criminal government of Khartoum to his people. Gatduel said he might not agree with the president and some of the SPLA officers are refusing to withdraw from Panthou (Heglig)!!

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