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Sudan says that it repelled rebel attack, accuses South Sudan of involvement


March 21, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The director of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) Mohamed Atta al-Moula Abbas revealed that the army along with reserve forces and NISS operatives repelled an attack this morning on the oil-rich town of Heglig.

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Head of Sudan’s National Security and Intelligence Mohamed Atta Al-Moula (Reuters)

Al-Moula said the attack was led by rebels based in the newly independent state of South Sudan adding that half the force came from Juba’s official army known as Sudan people Liberation Army (SPLA).

The Sudanese government has been battling rebels from the Sudan people Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) in the border states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan. The rebel group fought alongside the SPLA during the civil war years which ended in 2005 and allowed southerners six years later to gain their independence.

Juba, ruled by the SPLM, insists that it has severed organizational ties with SPLM-N since the partition of Sudan. But Khartoum nonetheless filed several complaints with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) protesting what it says is Juba’s continuous support to rebels fighting to overthrow the regime.

Furthermore, Sudan says that the south was the driving force behind the creation of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) which consists of SPLM-N and three main Darfur rebel groups.

Sudan’s spy chief said that the government will not relent in swiftly combating rebellions and anyone threatening the country’s national security.

Today’s allegations will may overshadow the upcoming talks scheduled for early April between Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir and his southern counterpart Salva Kiir. The two leaders are supposed to sign two framework deals on nationality and borders.

Sudanese officials warned that all deals are off if further attacks on its territory come from the south.

A spokesman for the SPLM-N, Arnu Lodi, told Reuters that he had not heard of any attack on Heglig.

"I think this is part of a media campaign that lacks any basis in truth," Lodi said.

"The point of this kind of talk is to win the support of citizens in Sudan in an attempt to pressure South Sudan’s government during the negotiations" he added.

South Sudan’s armed forces spokesman Philip Aguer also told Reuters the accusation was false.

"It is Sudan who has been moving forces, they are coming out of their bases," Aguer said.

"We have been expecting an attack on Jau for the last three days," he added. "Maybe they attacked our forces and wanted to cover up. Tomorrow we will know what is happening."

The two neighbors remain locked in disputes over issues including the position of their border, control of the disputed Abyei territory, and what transit fees South Sudan pays its northern neighbor to export oil from Port Sudan.

Tensions have been further exacerbated since South Sudan shut down all its oil fields in January in protest of Khartoum’s seizure of crude it said was to make up for unpaid fees.


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  • 22 March 2012 03:22, by Bolman

    I know Aguer always telling lies he is a big creating nonsence allegation against other counterpart he don’t have much respect the forieng neightboring countries he is the one who contributed alots by bringing solved problem into hard to be solved he is the one who generated ongoing war between SPLA and SSLA also including Jouglei State’s current situation he is who pushing Kuol Manyang and Kiir

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    • 22 March 2012 06:40, by Martin Kat

      To Bolman
      If you have a presonal problem with Aguer please you have to understood the article and then you write your comment. Sudan spy chief said that SAF repulsed the thacks conducted by Sudan rebels with support from South Sudan that is a point.

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      • 22 March 2012 12:25, by Mach

        Mohammad Atta is paying for the chaos in South Sudan arming Murle and others clueless tribes; we know that but no one seems to blame the north directtly.

        The rebels in central Sudan are fighting for their justice, South Sudan has nothing to do with it. Blame your own regime!

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    • 22 March 2012 08:26, by Big Boy

      Stupid Bol

      Why you belive in Atah, and you don’t belive your husband Aguer, howw much did they paid you to supports northern regime or are you from Nuer? Nuer is always proxy to the south becasue to feed their children with our blood money in the south.

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  • 22 March 2012 04:07, by Daniel Buolmawei

    White lies. Sudan wants to quit lying as they always use this against international community. In these times, deceptions and hypocrisies will not work. We southerners are not to be deceive and if you not stop lying you will lose. Now both the rebel spokeperson and SLPA spokeman do not know what you’re talking, then who did it? You liars.

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  • 22 March 2012 05:03, by Madina Tonj

    mohamed Atta

    Seem to me that, your Khartoum government are trying to shift their own failure and jump to blame South Sudan for nothing. If you guys can not manage your own problems in a peaceful solution then,the ruling Party need to resign and give chance to others oppositions who may have Ideas to solve it.

    The way you guys think to involved South Sudan with your own problem is unacceptable

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    • 22 March 2012 06:20, by zulu

      Inuando, lies and fabrications of course is another method of propaganda fideo. You may wish to stall the talks, as we know very well, you can never be trusted. What mystery lies in these attacks can only be revealed as an orchastrated sham of the northern sudanese/

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  • 22 March 2012 08:20, by Konan

    During their stay in Khartoum every Southerner leader had small army from his close relatives to ensure his own safety and that was a real dilemma for Khartoum’s law enforcement agencies. South Sudan is nothing but a large china shop full of wild bulls. Amazingly and despite that damn war we were able to maintain the safety of both the shop and the bulls.

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    • 22 March 2012 08:36, by justin deng

      Try to mentain your mules in the curseful desert, Not bulls of S.Sudan in Chinese shop. Look at yourself & mind ur bussiness plse.!!!!!!!

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      • 22 March 2012 08:53, by Konan

        justin deng,

        Brother for your information bulls don’t live in desert only camels do. We are the only people on earth who know Southerners better than themselves. Don’t forget for a moment that we ruled u for over 50 years. The Four Freedoms Agreement is open invitation for us to come back, however we r not interested. Have a nice day brother.

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        • 22 March 2012 09:20, by justin deng

          take Isreali offense against palastinians as ur best example!!
          Arabs long time ago invaded Isrealites & oppressed to maximum,but now the previous slave is holding his master as a slave.The near future will witness southerners intimedating & enslaving their old masters despite international community criticism!!

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          • 22 March 2012 10:00, by Ran Nathdial

            Jalaby, konan & the like. SRF & Mighty SPLA in a join operations could not be repulsed by ’ur SAF. Leave my country alone or else u will face consequence.

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        • 22 March 2012 10:46, by Chok Deng

          You always claimed to be educated,but your education is useless because you don’t differetiate between the truth and false.NCP is been feeding u with wrong informations since and u don’t know it upto now.NCP is covering up its failures on your expences.Wake up poor Sudanese and know your RIGHTS.

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  • 22 March 2012 12:36, by justin deng

    Jonobeen are not idiots as you think,but all Arabs are jealous of us simply bcoz of our brilliance & abundant resources.you will die insulting & blaming others for no reason;Greedy shamaleen!!! you lost jonub forever,don’t cry facing us;Go to hell!! criminals!!!! the whole world rejects you except damn china which will desert u soon!!!!!!!!

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  • 22 March 2012 13:45, by Konan

    I can see here there is tremendous and remarkable improvement, eventually somebody is calling us Shamaleen and not fake Arabs and other racist terms.

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