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Fighting erupts in Nuba Mountains, 19 killed

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January 14, 2009 (KHARTOUM) – Armed irregular forces on Tuesday attacked Nuba villages and SPLA military camps in Southern Kordofan, a flashpoint in central Sudan where some of the heaviest fighting occurred during the 1983-2005 civil war.

The clashes reportedly killed 19 people, said the Sudan Organisation Against Torture (SOAT), naming seven of them.

According to SOAT, men from different clans within the Arabic-speaking Hawazma tribe, armed with advanced weaponry, launched an attack on Nuba villages and SPLA military camps in the area of Khor El Delib, Rashad locality, prompting SPLA to retaliate.

Other reports suggest that some 400 police and members of the Popular Defense Forces—the type of militias once mobilized for the war in South Sudan and now in Darfur—attacked the Joint Integrated Unit in Khor El Delib.

The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) maintains forces in the area despite expectations that the former rebel group will eventually withdraw. That prospect appears unlikely as a military build-up continues in the area: in December 2008, the Sudan Armed Forces deployed more than six battalions in Southern Kordofan, said a SPLM spokesman, Yein Matthew.

The SPLA’s political wing in the area, meanwhile, is engaged in a struggle against Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party for control of the state government.

Among the dead from the clashes Tuesday are one SPLA soldier, Motasium Ismail Naim, a Tagoi from Al Faid, and six Hazama. These are Hamida Abdel Rahman, Abu Hamaid Gargar and Musa Tabig of the Hawazma-Togia from Khor Al Dalib; Ali Sayed Koba, a Hawazma-Togia from Al Fayed Umm Abdel alla; and Omer Al Mahboum and Bashair Omer Koko of the Hawazma from Al Fayed Umm Abdel alla.

South Kordofan’s state information minister, Ali Kuku, told Reuters that additional clashes took place in an area called Abre, resulting in nine nomads shot dead.

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  • 16 January 2009 05:02, by Akol Liai Mager

    Is this a result of ICC Al Bashir’s indictment processes? of-course not. This is the culture of Old Sudan’s forces, especially NIF and its Umma and Arab Ba’th allies.

    For those who always argue that indictment of Al Bashir by ICC will harm CPA and put the whole country at risk have their rights to raise their concerns.

    But NIF and its allies do not need an incursion reasons to wage wars against Africans, however, they just want to divide their enemies so that some got to their sides and fight for them as this has been the business for decades. This is what happened for the last hundred years.

    SPLM New Sudan’s vision tackled old Sudan strategic plans, but it seemed that there is a realisation of division amongst New Sudan’s forces and the enemy is just trying to utlise this opportunity.

    An appeasement position only will not protect CPA unless other strategies are looked at.

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  • 16 January 2009 09:25, by youngdinka

    Bashir nothing will help. kill as much as you could and your ass will be hang.

    SPLA wake up and do whatever it takes.

    FIGHT FIGHTS

    SPLM wake up and support our SPLA to be strong and arm them with heavy weapons to discppline those of NIF,NCP and whole of arabs (lost people) in Sudan.

    SPLA OYEEEEEE
    SPL OYYEEEEE
    JONGLEI OYEEE
    NEW SUDAN OYEEEEE

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    • 9 February 2009 14:28, by Musa al-khir

      I hope you will be able to do that my dear. Your SPLA was fighting in the South for two decades (1983-2002) without being able to hold a single symbolic town. I promise you that fighting in Northern Sudan, our Land – ours not yours, is much more easer for us the so-called “lost Arabs”. I hope you will be able to do it, so as to check your real limits practically.
      Musa Al-Khir
      “A lost Arab”
      Cairo

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  • 16 January 2009 19:58, by Mr Point

    The Presidency armed the militias causing all the trouble in Nuba and Abyei. The Presidency keeps the JIUs weak. The Presidency keeps the funds out of Nuba and Abyei that were agreed in the CPA.

    Is this preparation for peace or for war?

    Salva Kiir does not need ministry men to move money in suitcases. He needs them to pick up the rifle instead!

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  • 18 January 2009 10:47, by Buk Dan Buk

    SPLA need to do something about this, we cannot keep loosing our people like that. we need people who could deal with this, there must be other ways that we can creat for defending our citizens because in this way they will finish us all without knowing and that brings wickness.
    SPLA is a very strong party and we must not allows such a thing to happen every time. There are so many ways we can prevent this if we all work togather as one. I am so sorry for my southern politicans. They are not holding their ground very strong like northern and that is why they always tempted us.
    How will we be able to acomplish our promise if we can’t work as one teams.
    How do this thing happen every time. Were is CID, this is thier jobs and they should monitors any such activities all they time. There is what is call spy and spla must strongly recommand that and they should be use to monitor such activities. we need to be proactivite all the time. this people don’t like us at all. we must not foreget thier aim.
    wake up southern and do something, we are not like before I strongly believe that we can do something this time.

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    • 9 February 2009 14:04, by Hazmi

      I am really sorry for those who lost their lives, and I should add also that I am not with resorting to violence to solve problems in our region. However, I should also state that whenever SPLM and its followers attack us in South Kordofan we have the “ABSOLUTE RIGHT” to defend ourselves no matter what would be the loses in the other party, because they never think about it when they start attacking us. Let me tell you something, Nuba Mountains/South Kordofan is our place just like the Nuba along with other ethnicities. Any attempt to look to us or treating us as guests is simply nonsense. We know well how to defend ourselves, and we will “ALWAYS” do it when necessary. It is better, therefore, to sit and solve our problems brotherly; otherwise we will all pay a very high price.
      This is my advice for those who can use their common senses.
      Best===
      Hazmi,
      Khartoum, Sudan

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